India is a large country with population spread far and wide. The population is distributed as urban rural and remote settlements. The need for transportation is fulfilled by many modes in the country. From bullock cart to high flying jets all survive in India fulfilling the basic travel needs.
The quickest means of moving from one town to another is the flight services. Planes ply between metro towns and many major cities. The network is slowly increasing but the flight services have a limited reach. The cost is the most discouraging factor hence, flights are used only by those who have the capacity to pay.
Taxi services are also popular in India but their popularity is limited among tourists and businessmen. The cost and the road conditions are discouraging factors. Nevertheless taxi hire and car rentals are big business.
The bus service is one of the cheapest mode of transportation especially among the rural folks. The system is divided into metro or city buses, intercity and interstate buses. Most of the buses offer little comfort but off late luxury bus services are also available. The luxury bus segment is costlier but proves as excellent means of regular and alternate transportation. The buses reach into the deep interiors hence prove to be irreplaceable for the local travelers. Luxury coaches are also used for tourism in India.
Indian Railway outshines any other mode of travel in the country. It is the most extensive and economical means of transportation. The vast network of rails and stations facilitates millions to travel from one place to another in India. The system also offers economical goods transportation which is essential for the Nation on the move.
Travel in India is getting more and more organized.It is now possible to acquire Indian Visa on arrival for inbound travelers. This is possible for more than fifty countries.
The booking system has also improved with the online rail booking facility. The internet has facilitated travel reservations and has made it more efficient. You can buy tickets on line for flights, buses and railways for all destinations. Traveling using Internet based tickets requires one to have an identity proof as necessary. The accepted identity proofs are driving license, UID card and the UTI Pan Card issued by IT department.
Essentials like food, water and medicines should always be carried along due to uncertain availability. You luggage should be secured by chain and lock if necessary especially in rail cars.