India has a huge network
of international air services, operated by Air India and many other
carriers. Indian airlines also operate services to some of the
surrounding countries (see below). In addition, there are various
sea/overland routes to these countries :
To Pakistan :
Currently, the only crossing point is between Amritsar and Lahore.
To Nepal :
The most practical and popular route is by train to Raxaul (Bihar) and
then bus to Kathmandu. Also train to Nantanwa (UP) and then bus to
Kathmandu/Pokhara, or Bhairawa to Lumbini for Pokhara. It is also
possible to go by bus from Darjeeling to Kathmandu across the southern
To Bhutan :
Train to Siliguri, then bus to Puntsholing. (There is also an air link
from Calcutta to Paro (Thimpu) by Druk Air).
To Bangladesh :
Calcutta to Bangaon (West Bengal) by train, rickshaw across the border
to Bengal, with connections via Khulna or Jessore to Dhaka. Also from
Darjeeling via Siliguri then train or bus from Jalpaiguri to Haldibari.
To Burma and China
: No Land frontier open.
There are 4 major
international airports in India:
29 km (18 miles) north of the city. (Travel time 40 mins.) Coach to
Air India office & major hotels. Taxi service (with fixed rates) to
17 km (11 miles) northeast of the city. (Travel time 20 mins). 24
hour coach service to Indian Airlines city office A. major hotels.
Bus every 10 mins from 0530-2200. Taxi service to city.
(Delhi International), 21 km (15 miles) southwest of the city. Coach
and taxi service to city.
16 km (10 miles) southwest of the city. (Travel time 15 mins). Coach
meets all flight arrivals from 0900-2300. Train every 20-30 mins
from 0500-2300. Bus every 25 mins from 0500-2200. Taxi service to
Note: All these airports
have money exchange facilities, tourist information offices, hotel
reservation services & airport to city buses operating 24 hours a day.
Domestic air services are
operated by Indian Airlines, a government corporation. The network
connects over 70 cities. Indian Airlines also operate regular flights
to the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maledives.
20 kg per adult passenger; 30 kg per international adult passenger
with a 1st class ticket.
Alliance Air Flights
Alliance Air has started the operation of its flights CD 7407/7408
from 29.10.2000. Flight scheduled is as follows :
CD 7407 Daily
CD 7408 Daily
For detailed information please contact Indian Airlines office/authorised
Special Fares : There are special Indian Airlines
fares available to foreign national & Indian nationals residing
abroad. All are available throughout the year, and many be purchased
from IATA member airlines or from Indian Airline offices in India.
Please contact Indian Airlines on arrival at the airport.
Discover India : Validity : 21 days from first flight
US$750. Validity : 15 days US$500. Application: Unlimited economy
class travel on all domestic Indian airline services. No stop may be
visited more than once, except for transfer.
Youth Fare India : Price : 25% discount on normal US$ fare.
Validity : 120 days. Application : available to those aged between 12
& 30 at the commencement of travel for journeys on economy/executive
class of domestic air services and Indo-Nepal services.
India Wonderfares (North, South, East & West). Price :
US$300. Validity : 7 days. Application : Economy class travel between
all or any of the stations shown on the relevant sections of the map
below. No station may be touched more than once, except for transfer.
New Domestic Airlines
In the last few years the Indian government has slowly opened the
skies to private national airlines which operate under the name of
Airtaxis. As well as the national domestic carrier Indian Airlines
these 9 private airlines have been able to establish themselves and
offer interesting connections throughout India.
Rail General :
The Indian international railway system is the largest in Asia and
second largest in the world. There are 62,300 km (38,900 miles) of
track, over 7030 stations and over 11,200 locomotives, many of them
steam engines. Travel is relatively inexpensive. Many express services
link all the main cities, and a selection of timetables is given
below. The main map of India (see inside back cover) shows the major
routes. Other trains, many of them leisurely local services, link most
other parts of the country. Buses connect with trains to serve regions
not on the rail network.
: There is a special Indrail Pass consisting of a
single, convenient ticket which enables a tourist to travel on any
train without restriction within the period of validity. It is sold
only to foreign nationals & Indians residing abroad holding a valid
passport & replaces all other concessional tickets. It can be obtained
in India or through some foreign travel agents. Payment is accepted
only in foreign exchange. Children between 5 - 12 years are entitled
to a Child Indrail Pass, & pay half the fare rounded off to the
nearest US$. Children under 5 years travel free.
i) Indrail Passes are sold
only to foreign nationals and Indians residing abroad holding valid
passports against payment in US $ or pound sterling. A tourist
traveling on Indrail Pass is exempted from paying reservation fee,
sleeper charges, supplementary charges for traveling by super fast
trains or for meals provided in Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express train.
ii) In Europe Indrail
Passes are sold through General Sales Agents in London, Paris,
Frankfurt and Helsinki
prices (in US$), for air-conditioned 1st class (ACI), 1st class and
2nd class are as follows: (prices subject to change).
is personal, non-transferable, and travelers must have their passport
available for inspection at all times, Holders of an Indrail Pass are
exempted from all reservation fees and sleeping car charges. Once the
ticket is bought there is no need to go through other formalities or
the worry of having to buy a different kind of ticket for each
journey. Validity: A ticket can be used within l year of its issue.
Validity period is from the date of commencement of first journey up
to midnight of the date on which validity expires.
: The Indrail Pass is neither refundable nor replaceable when
lost, stolen or mutilated. A full refund will, however, be given if it
is surrendered at the office of issue before commencement of the first
rail journey, providing no advance reservations have been made.
Advance reservation is essential, particularly on overnight journeys,
and arranged through travel agents. Reservations are on a first come
first served basis. For individuals or small groups a 1 - 2 month
notice is normally sufficient. Reservations can be made up to 360 days
Where to buy
Indrail Pass in India : Railway Tourist Guides/Central
Reservation Offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Rameswaram, Vasco da Gama, Aurangabad, Agra Cantt,
Jaipur, Chandighar, Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, Secunderabad and
Gorakhpur or through several authorised travel agents in New Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai. The passes can also be purchased at the
international airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Bangalore City :
Arr. and Dep. 258465 Cantonment General, Enquiry: 27088
Calcutta Centralised Railway Enquiry : 203535, Reservation Enquiry :
280370 Recorded Information: 203545 Howrah Station : 263535, 603542
Sealdah Station : 359213/15
Delhi General Inquiry : 131, 3313535 Reservation Inquiry : 3348686,
3348787, Computerised Confirmation / Reservation : 1330
Chennai Central General Enquiry : 563535 Arr. & Dep. Enquiry : 567575
Egmore-General Enquiry : 566565
Mumbai Central Railway
Passenger Information Update.
Computer Enquiry for reservation status for CR/CW : 2695959
Comp. Enquiry for Train Arr. k Dep. : 2656565,
Gen. Enquiry, Fare, Connections, etc. 134
Comp. Reservation status Enquiry 135.
Of late, the overland route to India has become very popular, but
travelers should be sure to seek accurate information about border
crossings, visa requirements and political situations en route. See
the "International" section above for details of border crossings into
India; these should also be confirmed - contact the Government of
India Tourist Office or the High Commission. Several "adventure
holidays" companies arrange overland tours by bus to India. There is
large network of bus services which connect all parts of the country,
particularly regions where the trains do not run such as in very
mountainous regions. Details of services and routes may be obtained
from local Tourist Offices in India.
Taxis and auto
rickshaws are available in large cities and fares are charged
on a kilometer basis. These do not always have meters; where they do,
insist on the meter being flagged in your presence. Fares change from
time to time and therefore do not always conform to the reading on the
meter, but drivers should always have a copy of the latest fare chart
available for inspection.
: There are a large number of chauffeur-driven tourist
cars (some air-conditioned) available in important tourist centres in
India. These unmetered tourist cars run at a slightly higher rate than
the ordinary taxis, and are approved by the Department of Tourism,
Government of India. Self-drive cars are not generally available at
present. Hertz is operating in certain cities.
: A Carnet de Passage with full insurance and Green
Cards are required by persons bringing their own vehicles into India.
An International Driving License is recommended. A temporary license
to drive is available from local authorities on presentation of a
valid British or Northern Ireland Driving License. Traffic drives on
The main passenger ports are Mumbai, Calcutta, Kochi, Chennai, Calicut,
Panji (Goa) and Rameswaram. Damania Shipping, Live In Appartments,
Bernart Gredes Road, Panaji - 403001 Tel.: 0091 832 220056 or 226196
or 223730 There are further services from Calcutta and Chennai to Port
Blair in the Andaman Islands. Services are often seasonal, and are
generally suspended during the monsoon. Indian ports are also served
by several international shipping companies and several luxury cruise
attractive boat journey is the "backwaters" excursion in the vicinity
of Kochi in Kerala. Several local tours are available - for example
Calicut/Kochi and Allepey/Kottayam.