Getting around India by train…
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to see India is not on a plane at 37,000 feet but at ground level on the incredible Indian railway system. In fact, no visit to India is complete without experiencing the bustle of a railway station in India.
VentureCo has a “most reliable person” (his words, not mine!) in the form of Sheik Nazir and his son Junaid, and is able to access the labyrinth that is the world’s largest employer, India Railways.
India Railways is a wonder: trains run spot on time, they are usually full (so booking ahead is crucial) and are amazingly good value. Take the Mandore Express that runs overnight between Delhi and Jodhpur in the Rajasthan Desert: the best seat in the house is First Class air-conditioned sleeper and the ticket costs £45 each way, representing unbelievably good value. Trains are safe and comfortable and you always seems to meet local people who are eager to share their country with you. Best of all, your journey is spiced by the haunting cry of the chai-wallah: “Chai, chai, garam chai” echoing along the carriages. Wonderful! Forget media images of overcrowded suburban trains with people sitting on the roof: all seats and berths are reserved and this is a civilised, calm and comfortable way to get around India.
Call us for access to any part of the India Railways system. You’ll be amazed what good value it is.