Transport infrastructure plays a huge role in the growth of the economy of any country. Transport is essential as it helps people and transit of goods from one place to another. There is a various mode of transportation in India; they include road transport, coastal shipping, air transport and rail transport.
For you to move around well in India, you need to have the best mode of travel. The following are transportation tips to travel in India.
1. Air transport
India has so many airports to accommodate everyone both locals and international tourists. The International airport serves visitors in New Delhi and Mumbai and other regions. Different airlines that are popular all over the globe are also available in India. They include Emirates, Qatar, and United States airline, the British airline, Air India and many others which tourist are very familiar with even in their own countries.
This Country also has direct flights from the subcontinent like North America. Apart from that, India also has domestic airlines that charge fair price if you want to fly around the country. Examples of these airlines are Air India and Jet Airways which can carry both locals and foreigners.
Choosing to travel through is comfortable compared to the other transportation as you won’t be dust-ridden all through your journey and you will also be able to enjoy sight-seeing while in the plane. Air transport is also comfortable and time conscious at any time.
2. By Train
India is known as the home of the biggest railway network. Riding through rail is a memorable adventure in India, not to mention the pleasant experience. There are different classes if you need to travel by train.
Sleep class: It is cooler carriage that is moderately priced and comfortable. If you don’t want to spend a lot this is the class for you. This class, however, it doesn’t have to air-conditioning, and sometimes it is foul.
3A: This class has three levels of beds, and it is fitted with air-conditioning. It is more affordable, clean and peaceful.
2A: If you want to balance between cost and comfort then this is the class for you. It is less crowded, and you get better food that 3A and SL.
1A: This is the first class carriage. It is costly than the others but you get to enjoy what you have paid for and the services provided. You have access to own air-conditioned booth for you to enjoy the ride.
If you are a foreigner from abroad booking a ticket sometimes can be hectic and tiresome. Although they have websites where you can book online, the easiest way is through a travel agent who will do all the work for you.
You can also opt to book a ticket at the station, but you will have to deal with long, disorderly queues for some hours. If you try to reserve online there is another challenge that comes along. You will be asked to provide an Indian mobile number which can be difficult if you are traveling for the first time.
If you want to travel by road in India, you can hire a motorcycle, a car, and a driver; you can travel by bus or use an auto-Rick saw.
4. By Bus
If you decide to use a bus you can choose a ticket online or pay while on the bus. Most routes buses are comfortable and are air-conditioned in them, they are called Volva AC. Sometimes they provide you with water to cool you off.
There are two types of buses, state-owned and private. State-owned buses are more reliable and cheap while private ones are comfortable yet a little expensive. You will also need to choose between the coaches that are air-conditioned and those that are not.
5. Hiring a Chauffeured Car
On the other hand, hiring a car and a driver in India is a famous thing since driving yourself might be tricky as most Indian do not follow traffic laws and you can find it chaotic. It is affordable and fancy at the same time. Your hotel or travel agent can organize for a car to hire.
6. Using a motorcycle
Another way is using a motorbike or a bicycle using a motorcycle agency like Exports in Delhi. It is mostly recommended to use the agency for your safety. The recommended choice of a motorcycle is the Royal Enfield.
7. Indian tuk-tuk
The traditional Indian auto-rick saw also known as Tuk-tuk is a prevalent mode of transport, this method in short destinations around the cities and it can carry two people at ago. It is controlled by the government and therefore fare is very cheap. However, when a driver sees a foreign face, they are likely to increase the fare.
Although they have a meter to calculate your fare most of them have been tampered with.
Be aware of having information first at your fingertips before boarding this transportation to avoid being fleeced. Ask a local that works in the same field about how much you should be charged. Do not negotiate the fare as they will notice you are a foreigner, and when you reach your destination, hand over the amount as suggested by the local who gave you the information.
Another way for transportation in India is with Uber taxi. Uber is an international company that offers taxi services in a very professional way. Luckily, they can also be accessed in India.
An Uber driver will speak English better and therefore to have a conversation with them is more comfortable. With smartphone you can download the app and install it on your phone and call a taxi. The best thing is that Uber fares are electronically calculated depending on your destination, and you can call them to pick you at your doorstep.
Local boats are used to ferry people across and down the rivers at a relatively fair price. They also transport motorcycle and bicycles at a fee to the other side.
Transportation in India is often prone to overcrowding, and therefore delays are inevitable at one time or another. Although, you cannot lack a taxi any time you are need of one whether day or night. India is a busy country and traveling from one place to another using a train has proven to be the most efficient.
The population in the cities may cause a lot of traffic jam hence delays. If it is a must to travel by bus or car, ensure to start your journey a little earlier to avoid delays and make sure that you are always on safety belts.