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Travel By Rail

India is a land of diverse culture, and Railways play a key role in not only meeting the transport needs of the country, but also in binding together dispersed areas and promoting national integration. Indian Railways have emerged as the sinews of the Indian economy, and have reached out to bring together the great Indian family.

Indian Railways have been the prime movers to the nation and have the distinction of being one of the largest railway systems in the world under a single management. Railways, being the more energy efficient mode of transport, are ideally suited for movement of bulk commodities and for long distance travel. As compared to road transport, the railways have a number of intrinsic advantages. Railways are five to six times more energy efficient, four times more efficient in land use and significantly superior from the standpoints or environment impact and safety. Indian Railways, therefore, rightly occupy pride of place in the growth and development of the nation. Apart from normal trains connecting almost all part of the country, the Indian Railways also runs special luxury trains like the Palace on Wheels, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Fairy Queen etc.

International Tourist Bureaus are located at various important cities all over the country. International Tourist Bureaus issue reserved tickets to the Foreign Tourists and NRIs holding valid passport against payment in US dollars, Pounds, Sterling, and in Rupees against Encashment Certificate. These Bureaus also sell Indrail passes, which enable tourists to travel wherever they like, whenever they like, and whichever trains they like within the validity period. Indrail pass however, does not guarantee reserved accommodation.

On the whole, Indian Railways ensure that travelling in India is a cherished experience.

For more information please visit Indian Railways (External website that opens in a new window) website.

Online Rail Ticket Booking (External website that opens in a new window).

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 24-05-2011