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India – Transport.

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Buses: Government-operated buses, private buses, and city buses are widely available in most cities and towns in India.

Trains: India has an extensive railway network operated by Indian Railways, which is one of the largest rail networks in the world. Trains are a popular mode of transportation for long-distance travel, with various classes of accommodations available to suit different budgets.

Many major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru, have metro rail systems. These rapid transit networks provide a convenient, efficient, and relatively fast mode of transportation within the cities.

Auto-rickshaws, also known as tuk-tuks or three-wheelers, are a common sight in many Indian cities. They are suitable for short distances and are often metered or have fixed fares. Taxis, including app-based services like Uber and Ola, are available in most cities and can be hired for both short and long trips.

 

Buses.

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Each state in India operates its own state transport corporation buses that connect various cities, towns, and villages within the state.

Bus tickets can be purchased at ticket counters at bus terminals or directly from the conductor when boarding the bus. In some cities, electronic ticketing systems are also available.

While bus travel is generally safe in India, it’s advisable to keep an eye on your belongings and be cautious of pickpockets in crowded buses.

Trains.

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Indian Railways is the national railway system of India and operates an extensive network of trains that connect almost every corner of the country. It is one of the largest railway networks in the world. The trains are classified into different types, including passenger trains, express trains, and superfast trains, offering varying speeds and amenities.

Many important trains also have a foreign tourist quota (abbreviated as FT) available for foreigners. This is a small number of seats reserved, on some trains, specifically for people traveling to India on a tourist visa. There are very few seats available for this quota, so it is best to try for a seat at least 2 or 3 days in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online or from counters at railway stations. Avoid travel agents, touts, or anyone else who offers to book your tickets for a fee. It is usually much easier and cheaper to do it yourself.

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Airports.

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The major points of entry:

Domestic flights connect major cities, tourist destinations, and remote areas, making it easier to reach different parts of the country quickly. Domestic flights, the main operators are: Air India (Discover India) • Air India ExpressAir Asia IndiaIndiGoGo FirstSpiceJetVistara.

Waterways.

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India’s vast coastline offers various ferry services that connect coastal cities, islands, and tourist destinations. For example, cities like Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, and Kolkata have ferry services that operate between different ports, providing an alternative mode of transportation.

Islands like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, and the islands in Kerala’s backwaters offer ferry services to connect different islands or to the mainland. These ferry services are popular among tourists seeking to explore the natural beauty of these island destinations.

Kerala is famous for its picturesque backwaters, and traditional houseboat cruises are a popular attraction. These houseboats or “kettuvallams” navigate through the interconnected network of canals, lakes, and lagoons, providing a tranquil and scenic experience. These cruises often include overnight stays and allow travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters.

Car.

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Traffic in India can be congested and chaotic, especially in metropolitan areas. Driving culture varies across regions, and it’s important to exercise caution, follow traffic rules, and be patient while navigating through traffic. It’s also common to encounter pedestrians, cyclists, and animals on the roads, particularly in rural areas.

Car rental companies: Avis, Hertz, Ola Rentals, and Myles / + TraveltoindiaProgressive Cab and Zoomcar.

If you prefer not to drive, you can hire a chauffeur-driven car. This option provides the convenience of having a local driver who is familiar with the roads and can navigate through traffic. Chauffeur-driven cars are commonly available in cities and can be booked through car rental companies or through travel agencies.