Travel Guide for India: Getting From A-To-B
It can be hard to find a travel guide for India that fulfills all of your needs for your trip to the huge subcontinent. With all of the possible destinations, activities, and ways to travel for you to consider, it may seem overwhelming. We have written a travel guide for India before, looking at the nation’s parks and tourist spots. In this post, we have some hints and tips to get you familiar with the culture of public transportation in India.
Travel by train
Trains were introduced in India over 150 years ago by the British. Today, India boasts one of the most extensive networks of railways in the world. While trains may not be the timeliest, traveling by train can be one of the most cost-effective choices for the traveler that wants to combine a tour of the countryside with affordable travel from one point to another. Several “luxury railways,” operated by the state, serve as 5-star hotels for tourists. If getting acquainted with the countryside is not your goal, consider taking a sleeper train to combine your fare with the fee of a hotel.
Hire a car and driver
While it is possible to drive yourself in India with a specific permit, we do not recommend it! Aside from driving on the left side of the road, most city streets are chaotic, narrow, and poorly maintained. However, you can hire a car and driver for a relatively low salary (somewhere around 100 to 150 rupees a day.) Be sure that you can trust the driver and that your needs are realistic. If you buy the driver lunch, chances are your service will be much better. Be sure to give them a tip of around 100 rupees, especially if your service was good.
Travel by plane
Several of India’s most beautiful locations are very remote and can be difficult to reach if you do not travel by plane. The country is very large and air fares can be a very affordable travel option, as prices have fallen in recent years. Like most travel in India, however, be prepared for delays, since the systems have struggled to support the large population’s demands. Be sure to arrive at least two hours before your flight to allow for the lengthy check-in process and security checks. Do not hesitate to ask a worker for help, though, as they are very friendly to travelers.
Travel by bus
While cross-country buses are not yet widely available, each state in India has bus services of several different “classes” available for travel. Luxury buses feature booking ahead of time, as well as very comfortable interiors. However, very few buses have restrooms and make occasional stops for bathroom breaks and for travelers to purchase snacks. While these may be cost-effective for local travel, we recommend trains for night travel so that you do not have to worry about the hazards of Indian highways.
Getting around abroad in a foreign country can be disorienting, but a little preparation can go a long way. Have your own advice for travelers in India? Share your thoughts in the comments below!