When it comes to exploring India on a budget, travelling by train is the most exciting, fun-filled and cheapest way to experience the beauty of this majestic country. With over 6000 railways stations, thousands of railways routes, navigating Indian Railways, the third largest rail network of the world, can seem to be a daunting task for a first-time traveller. Whether you are tourist planning to travel around India by trains or a beginner, these below-mentioned tips will help you to have a safe and enjoyable journey.

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Keep Your Luggage Safe:

Unless you are traveling on a luxury train like Palace on Wheel, you have to be very careful about your luggage. While traveling by train in India, it is always good to chain up your bags and keep it under your seat. You can keep essential items like jewelry, purse, credit card, passport etc. stashed either in your pillow or a small pouch tied around your waist.

Book Tickets Online as Early as Possible:

The easiest and hassle-free way to buy train tickets is online booking. Since tickets go online for sale 120 days advance to the date of journey, you should make reservations as early as possible unless you are taking a short distance passenger train. Making online reservation process easy, there are various apps, websites and IRCTC website allows travelers to check seat availability, running time, PNR status and other relevant information with just one click.

Pre-order Fresh Food Online:

Though most of the trains have railway canteen to buy food and water, they lack in quality and choices. To get fresh food delivered to your seat at your desired location, you should try the online food ordering services. With the food delivering app or services, you can place your order online in advance, and fresh food will be delivered to you at the station specified by you while placing the order.

Avail Tatkal Facility to Travel on a Very Short Notice:

If you are planning a last minute trip or have to go by train on short notice but don’t have confirmed tickets, the Tatkal scheme by Indian Railways turns the savior for you. Enabling you to book tickets one day before the journey date, Tatkal facility is beneficial for passengers who need to travel by train at extremely short notice. Depending on the class you are traveling in, you have to pay an extra charge in addition to the actual ticket price.

Things to Keep in Mind While Travelling by Train:

Let us have a look at some of the much essential factors that you should keep in mind while planning a journey in Indian railways.

  • Never accept tickets from side-street agents who claim to get you a confirmed seat.
  • Do not accept foods offered by strangers no matter how decent they appear.
  • No matter whether you are traveling alone or with family, it’s good to travel by premium trains like
  • Rajdhani or Shatabdi for better comfort and security.
  • Do not take the risk of getting down from the train at small stations.
  • Check for special tourist trains and packages at Indian Rail tourism site because the packages include
  • food, water, sightseeing etc.

Allowing you to check several train related information including the seat availability, cancellation request, train PNR status etc. there are several apps that make your travel experience better in Indian railway. With proper guidance and advanced planning, discovering India via train can be one of your best and exciting traveling experiences.