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The major airlines in India is Indian Airlines. The airlines network connects over 70 cities in India. Indian Airlines also operates regular flights to the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Middle East. Domestic airlines include Jet Airways, Sahara Airlines and Alliance Airlines.

Special fares in Airlines:
There are various special Indian Airlines fares available to foreign nationals and Indian nationals residing abroad. The airline tickets can be purchased either in abroad or in India, where payment can be made in a foreign convertible currency (such as US Dollars or Pounds Sterling). Full details of the special fares are available in the India brochure, available from India Tourism.


The Indian internal railway system is run by Indian Railways. The official website of Indian railways is Indian railways is the largest rail system in Asia and the second largest in the world. There are about 62000 km of track, over 7000 stations and over 11,000 locomotives, including 5000 steam engines. The trains in India carry over 12 million passengers every day. Express services link all the main cities and local services link most other parts of the country. There is some concession by railways. Children from 5 to 11 years of age pay half price, children under 5 travel free. There are about six classes in trains. These are first class air-conditioned, second class air-conditioned, third class air-conditioned, air-conditioned chair car, first class sleeper and second class sleepers. Some of the trains which travel longer distances have kitchen facility with them. One of the fastest train in India are Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.

Special Trains:  
Palace on Wheels:
The Palace on Wheels is an expensively decorated Edwardian style luxury steam train with 14 coaches. This train takes a round trip and travel to all the major distances in Rajasthan. Each coach consists of a saloon, four sleeping compartments with upper and lower berth, bathroom, shower, toilet and small kitchen. There is a dining room, a bar and a fully equipped first-aid centre in the train. Some of the modern amenities in the train are air-conditioner, four-channel music and telephone intercom. Room service is available in the train.

Royal Orient Express:
This luxury train journeys through Gujarat and Rajasthan taking in the sights of Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Palitana, Sasangir, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. The trip takes eight days and accommodation is in furnished carriages with lounge, mini bar and kitchenette. Multi-cuisine restaurants and a library are also available. 


An extensive network of bus services connects all parts of the country, and is particularly useful in the mountainous regions where there are no rail services. However, public transport is often crowded and can be uncomfortable. Besides buses there are a large number of chauffeur driven tourist cars (some air-conditioned) available in the main tourist centers. These tourist cars run at a slightly higher rate than the ordinary taxis and are approved by India Tourism. 


There are regular ship services from Kolkata, Vishakapatnam and Chennai to Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, and from Kochi and Calicut to the Lakshadweep Islands. These services are seasonal and are generally suspended during the monsoon season. One particularly attractive boat journey is the ‘backwaters’ excursion in the vicinity of Kochi in Kerala.

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