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November 10,1996


Trains That Whistled in the Night, 3, Fast Facts

Great Railway Journeys Through India
Indrail Pass

Great Rail Journeys Through India

India possesses one of the largest railway systems in the world. Unbelievably some 10,000,000 people ride India's 11,000 odd trains everyday between 7,085 stations. Journeying by train through any part of the Indian countryside is very enjoyable and the scenery very attractive. But we recommend, arguably, some of the most scenic or enthralling journeys to take within India:

  • Kalka, Himachal Pradesh -- Simla, Himachal Pradesh :
    A ride through beautiful mountainscape.
  • New Delhi, Delhi -- Agra, Uttar Pradesh :
    The Taj Mahal is visible from your railway bogey as you pull into Agra.
  • New Delhi, Delhi -- Jaipur, Rajasthan -- Bikaner, Rajasthan - Ajmer, Rajasthan -- Jodhpur, Rajasthan -- Udaipur Bikaner - Jaisalmer, Rajasthan:
    A ride aross the Rajasthan deserts where the quaint villages and the colourfully dress Rajasthani people provides a fascinating backdrop. This hopping journey (you will have to change trains) can accomplished in any order.
  • Calcutta, West Bengal -- New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal -- Darjeeling, West Bengal:
    A winding toy train journey of eight hours through beautiful jungles and hillside.
  • Calcutta, West Bengal -- Puri, Orissa:
    The train travels along the coast for a good portion of this journey.
  • Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh -- Bhubaneshwar, Orissa:
    The train meanders around the shores of the magnificent Chilka Lake.
  • Guwhati, Assam -- Rangapara, Assam -- North Lakhimpur, Assam - Murkong Selek, Assam:
    Many stretches of this journey is accomplished along the Brahmaputra river.
  • Silchar, Assam - Dharmanagar, Nagaland:
    Great views through lush countryside in a very remote part of India.
  • Bombay, Maharashtra - Pune, Maharashtra:
    Beautiful views of the ghats and the Sahyadri mountain range. One can travel by a double-decker train.
  • Cochin, Kerala -- Alleppey, Kerala -- Kottayam, Kerala -- Trivandrum, Kerala:
    A short journey through the awesome Kerala backwaters.
  • Mettapulayam, Tamil Nadu -- Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu:
    A toy train ride up the forested Nilgiris.
  • Mangalore, Karnataka -- Mysore, Karnataka:
    The countryside and jungles make this route quite unforgettable.
  • Trichur, Kerala -- Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu:
    A wonderful way to see Kerala.
  • Mysore, Karnataka - Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu:
    A gorgeous journey through a rather vast section of South India.

Indrail Pass

The Indian Railways offers the Indrail pass to tourists who wish to tour India by rail. These passes are sold only to foreign passport holders and Indians who live abroad and are payable in US dollars or pound sterling. Indrail pass holders are exempted from paying any extra charges like reservation fees, sleeper charges, or charges for super fast trains. These passes are sold through general sales agents in London, New York, Sydney, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris, London, Toronto, Bangkok, Port Louis, Helsinki, Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Amsterdam, Dhaka. They are also sold at major railway stations all over India.

The Indian Railways can also book exclusive railway coaches for group tours where facilities like a kitchenette, a sitting room, a dining room and other amenities are available. For information about booking coaches one must contact any of the zonal offices of the Indian Railways, depending on which sector the group wishes to travel through.

The fare structure is:

Period AC Class 1st Class 2ndClass
½ day 52 24 10
1day 86 39 17
2 days 160 70 30
4 days 220 110 50
7 days 300 150 80
15 days 370 185 90
21 days 440 220 100
30 days 550 275 125
60 days 800 400 185
90 days 1060 530 235
Tickets for children (ages 5 to 11) are half price.

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