Have you ever try to travel by train to reach abroad? Always in a hurry to reach your destination? You always end up booking flight tickets no matter how expensive they turn out to be? Just this once, give yourself a break and take a different route! Hop aboard in an Indian train, and be enchanted by all that you pick up along the way. Why you ask? Here are a very few reasons:
Diversity at its best!
Where else can you come across such a wide array of cultures, languages and people? Opt to travel on a long route across the country and make sure you interact with all the people you come across. Find out where they come from, where they are going and what it is that connects you to them!
Food Food Food…
Well enough said 😉 However, if you are taking a train journey, don’t forget to get off at some of the stations on your way to enjoy the local delicacies. Be it a piping hot plate of chole bhature or just a simple chaat, the wide variety of food that you will bump into at Indian railway stations will surprise you!
A good night’s sleep!
Come on, you just have to admit that overnight flight journeys are an absolute nightmare! Getting crammed into that tiny little seat, struggling to get some sleep, who enjoys that? Really? Whereas if you decide to travel by train, you get your very own berth, bedding and a nice fluffy pillow, not to mention the movement of the train ensures you sleep like a baby! Quite literally.
All the freedom to move…
Yes yes, it does take you real long to reach your destination! But, you get all the freedom to move around, not like a flight where you are practically stuck in just one spot right? Be it in your own little compartment or down the little ally along the center, you are as free as free can be! Let’s admit it, space is very important!
Oh! The view…
No matter what part of the country you’re planning to get on the train from, you are in for a visual treat! The Indian landscape boasts of wide spread beauty and splendour. From cascading waterfalls and lush green mountains to deep dark tunnels and sprawling meadows there is no sight that you wouldn’t want to take a mental (and not so mental) photograph of!
It’s cheaper. Duh!
How could you forget? It is much much cheaper than taking a flight. Wouldn’t you want a happy pocket on your next vacation? Of course you will. So decide to travel by train so that you can spend all that saved up money on other stuff like sightseeing, shopping, food! Who minds some extra cash in hand right?
For the love of DDLJ 😉
Well yes, this is a slightly cheesy reason, but come on how many times have you seen that scene with the actress running after the train and the hero waiting at the gate, just in time to catch her and pull her onboard? So even though you may not have that kind of spice in your life, no harm in living your fantasy and getting a little late for your next journey 😛 After all, ever heard of someone run after an airplane?
Embrace the journey…
When you travel by train, remember it isn’t about the destination (if it were, you would’ve taken a flight and reached in 2 hours), it’s all about the journey. So soak in each and every bit of it and consider it a part of your trip. Once you start thinking of it in this way, there is no way you will ever choose any other mode of transport to get to where you have to!
Just so convenient!
Yes there was indeed a time when you would have had to stand in long railway station queues just to get your train tickets booked. But now, everything is easily available online. From checking ticket availability and booking, to keeping a track of your PNR status and finding out where your train has reached, all of this is now only your fingertips!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take a train