With the incoming of backpacking hostels in our country; it has removed the biggest headache of saving big sums of money on accommodation. But there is still one thing, Transportation, which takes away the majority of expenses from backpacking budgets. So today, I will be telling you my best tip while you are travelling in India; on a shoestring budget and want to save further.
Trains are the cheapest option to travel India
Trains are the best way to
Now, drawing comparison from other transports available in our country for commuting, Bus rates are much much higher than trains; the bus ticket to Jaipur from Delhi, generally costs about 700-1,000, while the average price of train ticket of Sleeper class is Rs 250 – Rs 400. Although the
People are gem in Train
Another underrated thing about the
Good connectivity of Indian Trains
Talking about the last advantage of the train, which is the connectivity which it offers, I have been to Munabao which is the last railway station of India(read more about it here), and learned so many things about the tough life of the people living in close proximity to
How to book Train Tickets
IRCTC is the online portal of
Now, I will be clearing your confusion regarding on different train coaches provided for a train journey :
- 2nd Class or Unreserved class – This is the cheapest ticket available for a train journey, although the seats will be unreserved and you have to be very smart and active to get a seat in a coach filled with 500 people which is made for 80 people to sit for.
Non A/C Sleeper Class – My favourite option when choosing a train ticket, while it is only 40% expensive than Unreserved class, it gives you the comfort to sleep on a reserved seat with your legs stretched all the way.
- A/C Sleeper Class – 3rd A/C, 2nd A/C and 1st A/c, have the difference of comfort, service and price. All of them shares a considerable price difference with 3rd A/c being the cheapest of the bunch, but being 70 to 90% more expensive than
Non A/c Sleeper class.
Disadvantages of traveling through Train
1. Getting Late
The most obvious for some of the people who have already frequently traveled with Indian Trains, but for who
2. Unhygienic Washrooms
If you are a person who is too much sensitive about hygienic washrooms; then a long-train journey can be a pain for you. The washrooms are not cleaned enough, especially in Non-A/C sleeper class and the situation is worse. So, I will not be recommending a train journey for a person who is too sensitive about cleanliness.
3. Sometimes it can be Boring
Yes, this is actually true. Train journeys can sometimes become boring, you don’t have anything apart form you and the people surrounding you. So whenever you are going on a train journey, grab a book which you will like to read or get some of your music to entertain you. And if you don’t have anything to do, then just talk to people surroundings you because there are lots of stories to be heard about people of this country.
In the end, I will only say that in all of the disadvantages, the advantages are way too good for anyone, not to take a train journey, at least once in this country. Because you will always remember the good train journey and forget about all of the hassle you have to go through.
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