The Indian Rail System

Allison Sodha

In March, we had many clients comment on the Indian rail system. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our clients about the reality of taking an overnight train in India.

The train stations in India, particularly in large cities, are quite complex and can be very overwhelming. We highly recommend using a transfer representative when applicable, as they can safely navigate entering/exiting the station. Please also keep a safe watch of your valuables. When we do hear of theft, it mainly occurs in or around train stations.

Contrary to what you may hear, taking an overnight train in India is NOT similar to European rail travel. (This refers to standard train travel, not luxury rail journeys including Palace on Wheels.) Although Indian train travel is very reliable, we only recommend it for certain travelers. If you are particularly discerning, train travel can be a sensory overload. Also, many clients request a 1st class compartment, which is private. Please be aware that many trains do not offer 1st class, and those who reserve private compartments are usually disappointed with the aesthetics.

Train travel in India can be a wonderful experience, but we want our clients to have realistic expectations. We are here to answer any questions before you decide to reserve an overnight train. Safety is our number one priority, but we want you to enjoy your Indian experience.

Topics: India, Transportation

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.