India has a large and extensive transportation system. The country has one of the world’s largest railway and roadway network transporting millions of people every year. A travel in the Indian Subcontinent provides you an opportunity to experience the contemporary as well as some classics in transport: steam locomotives, narrow-gauge railways, the Ambassador car and the Enfield Bullet motorbike.
One of the best ways to see India is at ground level on the Indian railway system. The trains in India go almost everywhere, and it's generally safe to assume that you can travel between any two Indian cities or major towns by train. Some of the classes of travel recommended by Cox & Kings are described below.
Air-conditioned first class (AC1): Spacious and carpeted (and lockable), 4-berth and 2-berth compartments with washbasin. All necessary bedding is provided, and berths convert to seats for daytime use. AC1 is a very comfortable and civilised way to travel, although it is found only on the most important longdistance trains.
Air-conditioned 2-tier (AC2): AC2 provides seats by day, convertible to bunks at night. AC2 coaches are not divided into separate compartments, but are open-plan, with berths arranged in bays of four (two upper, two lower) on one side of the aisle, and in bays of two along the coach side above and below the windows on the other side of the aisle. Each bay is curtained off for privacy, and bedding is provided. AC2 is found on almost all long-distance trains, and is relatively clean and less crowded.
AC Executive Chair Class is only found on the renowned 'Shatabdi Express' trains, for example Delhi to Agra and Delhi to Jaipur. This class offers luxurious pushback seats (2x2) in each row with passage space in between. Meals, mineral water, tea/coffee are served according to the timings of the travel and included in the ticket price.
Note: Where possible, we try to reserve AC first class or executive chair class, but these cannot always be reserved and do not exist on all routes. Please contact your tour consultant to discuss the facilities on a particular route. Please note that in general, most trains do not take reservations until 60 days prior to departure, so your patience in this regard is much appreciated.