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Transportation In India

India, as the third largest country in Asia, requires visitors to have some idea about how to get from one place to another. Fortunately, there are many options for air, rail and road travel. This overview of transportation in India will help you decide on the best way to travel.

1. Air Travel in IndiaThe Government of India has allowed private airlines to work in India since 1994. However, it wasn't until about 2005 that the number of private airlines on both domestic and international routes really began to grow (though not all of them have survived). Many of these are low-cost airlines that offer cheap fares in exchange for reduced passenger services, such as free in-flight meals and baggage allowances.

Competition among low-cost airlines has made domestic air travel much cheaper (in some cases, airfares are not much higher than train fares). With a thriving economy and a dramatic jump in disposable income, air travel is booming in India. In fact, India now has the fastest-growing domestic aviation market within the world. India's airports, however, have struggled to handle the extra passenger traffic. Despite extensive redevelopment of airports, capacity issues persist as passenger traffic grows rapidly.

For example, Mumbai airport now handles over 45 million passengers annually but with only one runway! This sometimes leads to jams and delays.

The Government of India is also focusing on improving regional connectivity with the implementation of its UDAN scheme. Many new regional airports are being built under this scheme and there are more flights to regional destinations.

As a result, the expansion of the airport across India will continue in the future.

2. Rail Travel in India

India is well connected by a rail network that weaves its 60,000 kilometers (40,000 mi) of tentacle-like tracks across the country. It is possible to travel from one side of India to the opposite in three days. The railway network is operated by the monstrous, state-owned Indian Railways. It is a huge undertaking that employs about 1.5 million people and oversees the running of about 20,000 trains every day on long-distance and suburban routes.Train travel offers an interesting alternative to air travel in India, although it may take a while to get used to. The different classes of stay in long-distance trains and the booking process are often confusing for first-time travelers. There may also be a lack of privacy and cleanliness in trains. However, there is no better way to immerse yourself in the Indian culture and lifestyle, and you will be treated to a fascinating view of the Indian landscape. This article reveals Indian Railways with answers to frequently asked questions. These tips are also helpful for long-distance travel in Indian Railways.

There is good news for anyone wanting to experience India by train, but without sacrificing luxury or comfort, there are various luxury train tours (such as the famous Palace on Wheels) to iconic destinations.

Indian Railways also operates special tourist trains for pilgrims. The Mahaparinirvana Express Buddhist Circuit Train covers important Buddhist sites of India and the Taj Mahal in eight days. Bharat Darshan Train offers low-cost train journeys to holy places in India. These tours mainly target Indian tourists who want to visit temples.

There are also toy trains running on India's historic Mountain Hill Railway, which are popular among tourists.

In addition to the national rail system, many major cities in India have suburban rail networks. In May 2015, the Indian government approved a plan to implement a world-class rapid transit metro rail system in 50 cities. Presently, these metro trains are running in 10 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Gurgaon. However, train networks are still being built. One of the most comprehensive and useful for sightseeing in Delhi.

At present, the Mumbai metro train has only one working line, so commuters are still referred to as the Mumbai local train. It is an efficient way to travel north and south, from one side of the city to the other. However, it is notoriously crowded and hot, with people hanging out their doors. Though taking a ride in a Mumbai local train is a quintessential city experience, it is advised to avoid doing so during the busy morning and evening hours when the rush and rush of people is astonishing.

3. Bus Travel in India

Buses are a good option for short distances, or when there are no train stations in the city you plan to travel to.

Some of them are often very uncomfortable, while others are luxury buses with air-con.

It is important that you ask questions about the bus before booking it, and also ask to see a picture of the bus.

Just know that sometimes, the salesperson will ask you anything to shop for a ticket, and therefore the bus that pulls over might not be what you're expecting.

4. Getting Around via Taxi in India

Taxis are cheap in India, but you have to bargain.

The moment the taxi driver sees you with a backpack, he usually thinks you don't know the price.

The best way to avoid being completely ripped off by taxi is to ask your hotel or hostel how much a taxi should cost, before getting in. Then you will have an idea of what price to bargain.

You can tell the taxi driver to use the meter, but in my experience, the taxi meter is always "broken" when a tourist tries to take a ride - even if it worked when a previous customer exited the taxi. Are you doing.

Motorbikes & Scooters in India

Occasionally, there will be motorcycle taxis in India. Just flag them and jump on the back. Just make sure that, like a taxi, you decide on a price before you start your journey.

Motorbikes and scooters are also easily available on rent, which is great for commuters.

You can usually get a motorbike for around US$3-5/day and it's a great way to get around. Some of the best areas for motorbikes are around Goa and the south coast.

Rickshaws (Tuk-Tuks) in India

Motor rickshaws work a lot like taxis. You still have to bargain for them, they usually have a meter installed but it never works for tourists, and you can find them flagged down by the side of the road.

Usually, they're a touch cheaper than yellow taxi cars, but it all depends on your bargaining skills!