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Are Indian railways taking a back seat compared to flying?Views: 198
May 10, 2007 6:52 am Are Indian railways taking a back seat compared to flying?

Ernie Martin
It seems airline industries in India is booming and in the next 20 years, even bigger than those in the West. Also, it seems there are many low cost airlines and can fly as cheap as US$1 and profits down the road for airlines. There are atleast 12 domestic airlines. I remember back in 1987, my first trip to India had only one domestic airline within the country, Indian Airlines, which is competing with private airlines now. I bought a "Discover India" pass for 3 weeks on Indian airlines, based on circular flights, one way.

Will flying surpass Indian train travel? I'm a train buff, and specifically fly to India just to experience my adventure rail travel in India in few months. I admire Indian railways and how they are scheduled and managed. As I said in some of my posts earlier, I admit I'm a rail/train addict.:-)). I don't tire staying in trains for days.

Just few days ago, one can make reservation on-line 90 days in advance to book train tickets. Hopefully, I will find out if that 90 day advance booking by travel agency who specializes in Indrail Pass in London, Britain is applicable. Unfortunately, there are no dealers in US or Canada for the Indrail Pass. I've planned to buy a 30 day pass on AC-2/AC-3/first class. (It seems first class is being discontinued).

Here is the article on BBC Online about the aviation flying in India. A very good read. I hope Indian transportation ministry would continue to bank on trains and I will contiue to ride the rails in India.

Rails are just fun in India, including all the festivities at the train stations (travellers and families milling around)and the delicious food at the stations, especially curry and rice or biriyani (mixure of meat, spices and rice).

The link to India's aviation flight boom:


A very informative article.



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