If you’re planning to travel to India, there are a number of things that might have to be looked into. This can make your travel plans difficult. Along with the number of decisions you have to take at every given point of time, it is also important that you keep in mind what mode of transportation should you opt for when moving around in India.
Once you’ve got a visa
In this case, it is also important to know that most of the flights in India are scheduled in a way that you’ll have at least one stop midway. So, if you’re booking a flight because you’re in a hurry, make sure that you book a non-stop flight only.
The most reliable and efficient mode of transport in India is the train. This is because most of the local population of India is dependent on the rail network to help them move around in the country. Apart from being the most reliable and efficient mode of transport, it is also one of the most cost-effective modes of transportation here. So, if you are on a budget, you should consider traveling by rail in India more often. This will save your time and help you stick to your budget set for this purpose.
With trains, it is also important to know that it will connect you throughout the country. So, wherever you wish to go, you can rely on the train network in India.
While moving around internally, you can walk and run, but if you’re looking for a comfortable mode of transport to move around locally, you can rely on the auto rickshaw. It will help you move around with ease and make the process quicker for you. So, you can opt for this mode of transport, wherever you wish to go.
When we talk about auto rickshaws, we have seen foreigners finding them in an uncomfortable spot because most of them do not like traveling in an auto rickshaw because it’s open and not the safest mode of transport, keeping in mind the fact that the auto-rickshaw drivers try to skip the rickshaws to get out of the traffic zone in a flash.
While you’ll find many taxis everywhere in India, you should opt for a prepaid taxi as it will help you reach your destination without any issues. This is because many tourists often complain that taxi drivers take a longer route and try to extort money from them. Many such cases are even seen at the airports, especially Delhi airport. If you do not want to add this in your memories as you leave for India, opt for prepaid taxis more often. Yes, if there are situations where you do not get prepaid taxis, you should take the normal taxis but keep the GPS on and track your location. Apart from this, get an idea about the amount that the taxi driver should take to leave you to the place you wish to travel to.
In the case of prepaid taxis, you should make it a point to understand the terms and conditions before booking a ride. This is because you might end up paying extra for toll and other charges during your journey.
Moving around locally and even in some urban cities, you’ll find animal powered rickshaws. This is a mode of transport that allows poor people to get their living. However, many foreigners consider this to be an exploitation of animals and do not prefer opting for them. This is a personal choice, and you’ll not be judged on the basis of your thoughts on this mode of transportation. However, it is advisable not to be vocal about your thoughts on the same.
So, if you think that you should not opt for animal-powered rickshaws, you can look for other modes of transport, if any.
Moving around in India won’t be problematic for you if you’re planning your day and choosing your mode of transport accordingly.
Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.