|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.