India is home to numerous places of tourist interest and these places are spread over the whole country. To cover such vast distances, different modes of transport play a vital role. Fortunately, there are a number of air, rail, and road travel options. Get access to a vast information resource on overview of India's transport system for a memorable Indian safari
India is all set to host its first ever Commonwealth Games from October 3, 2010 to October 14, 2010. During the event, the national capital will ahve a "five tier" transport system to for swift movement of athletes, sports pesonnels and city traffic. The elaborate transport network, will ensure best & fast movement of 7500 athletes, officials, referees and mediapersons throughout the multi-sport event. Delhi Transport Corporation will manage the transport along with Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors (official sponsorers of CWG - 2010).
Here are some highlights of elhi five tier transport system during CWG 2010 :
||Top Level Officials
||485 Dedicated Cars from Tata motors
||On-Call Car Service
||1000 Cars from Tata motors
||Moving athletes to and from all the venues
||349 fully air conditioned buses from DTC
||Mediapersons & Technical Officials
||225 fully air conditioned buses from DTC
||Tourists, Visitors & Public
||Other public transports, including DTC and Metro Rail
- Five rational categories of transport mehanism including DTC buses, cars from Tata, Metro etc.
- 485 dedicated cars from Tata motors for T1 category.
- 485 dedicated cars from Tata motors for T1 category.
- 1000 cars, to be supplied by the Tata Motors under T2 category .
- 25 routes under Commonwealth Route category reserved for CWG movement.
- No speed governors on DTC buses deployed at CWG during the Games.
- Radio sets to be given to all bus drivers.
- All CWG deployed cars to be fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) for movement tracking.
- 24X7 call centre to be set up to help the riders in travelling.
Airways in India are the quickest mode of transport as in other parts of the world. Indian airways is a combination of government run airline and private airlines.opertaing on both domestic and international routes. Major airlines offer all sorts of comforts to its passengers while some of the private airlines offer cheap fares in return for reduced passenger services, such as free in-flight meals. Domestic airlines in India connect around 80 cities and there are international flights to every part of the world fom major airports.
- Air India
- Indian Airlines
- Kingfisher Airline
- Deccan Airways
- Go Air
- Jet Airways
Road network of India is the largest road networks(3.314 million kilometers ) in the world. Consisting of national highways, state highways, district roads and village roads, India's road network connects different parts of India. National Highways are found all over the country.
Roads in India
- National Highways
- State Highways
- District roads
- Village roads
Road transport in India has a large and extensive transportation system. Here is a short summary on different modes of road transport in India.
Buses are the most common mode of road transport in India. Most means of transportation within cities is run by the government. Buses are categorised, based upon the number of seats, the time it takes to travel from one place to another and general comfort. Various options in buses include luxury, sleeper, state road transport, private buses etc.
An auto rickshaw (auto or rickshaw or tempo in popular parlance) is a three-wheeler vehicle for hire. In most metro cities, these are a popular mode of road transport. Expeience an auto ride in a yellow black box like wheeler.
Two wheelers are the most popular mode of transport in terms of number of vehicles. Scooter and motorcycles are the two broad classifications. Sccoters like Honda Activa have made it much easier for women to travel. Bikes from Yamaha, Honda, Bajaj, TVS etc have a widespreda market hold in two wheeler industry.
The demand for cars in India is one of the highest in the world. Hatchback cars predominate due to low cost and high performance. Maruti, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Ford are the most popular brands in the order of their market share.
Mass rapid transit systems are operational in Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai and Delhi. Delhi Metro started operations on December 24,2004. Presently four metro lines are operational in Delhi and it is simple the lifeline of Delhi. Mumbai Suburban Railway commutes 6.1 million passengers everyday and boasts to have the highest passenger density in the world. Rapid transit systems are under construction in Hyderabad and Bangalore. To decongest Mumbai's growing traffic, another metro system in Mumbai is being constructed.
Trams were introduced in many cities including Mumbai and Calcutta under British rule. They are still in use in Calcutta and provide a pollution-free means of transportation. The nationalised Calcutta Tram Company has introduced buses on certain routes in order to generate more revenue and reduce losses.
Bicycle rickshaws are popular in many parts of India. A puller pulls the rickshaw with you riding on the tricycled seat. A rickswah ride in old Delhi will mesmerize you with a memorable experience.
- Horse Carriages
Advent of the British saw drastic improvements in the horse carriages which were used for transport since early days. Till today they are used in smaller towns and are referred as "Tanga" and buggies (Victorias of Bombay) are still used for toursit purposes
In case you are planning to visit India then you definitely need to utilize the services of Indian Railways. You would be amazed to know that it is one of the largest and busiest railway networks in the world. Divided into eight zones, Indian railways are the best way for inter state travel in India
Train Class Description
Indian railway network has categorized various classes for trains. Each class has separate comforts and according fair.
Major Trains in India
- 1A AC : First Class AC
- 2A AC : Two tier
- 3A AC : Three tier
- CC AC : Chair Car
- SL : Sleeper Class
- 2S : Seater class
- G : General
Trains in India are categorized on the basis of their speeds. Here is a short summary of different trains in India.
- Rajdhani Express
Rajdhani are the fastest trains in India, travelling at about 120 km/h (74.5 mph). All trains are air-conditioned linking major cities to New Delhi.
- Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi Expresses
The Shatabdi trains are AC intercity seater-type trains similar to the Rajdhani. Jan-Shatabdi trains are generally non-AC and thus cheaper.
- Super-fast Expresses or Mail
These are trains that have an average speed greater than 55 km/h. An additional super-fast surcharge is deducted on tickets of these trains.
These are the most common trains in India. They have more stops than their super-fast counterparts, but they stop only at relatively important intermediate stations.
- Passenger and Fast Passenger
These are the cheapest and slowest trains that stop at every single station. These trains only have General-type compartments.
- Suburban trains
These trains operate in urban areas and usually stop at all stations.
- Special trains
These include trains in mountains or some occassional trains like Palace On Wheels - showing culture of rajasthan, Shimla - Kalka Toy Train, Darjeling toy train, Coomonwealth Express - Inspiring messages on Commonwealth games to be held in New Delhi from 3-14 October, 2010.