Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I’ve now been in India for just over a month and have experienced many many things, including her transportation options. The notes below are based on what I have gone through and learned during the monsoon season. Have a read and enjoy the ride!
  • Driving on the opposite side of the road is totally acceptable, even with oncoming traffic.
  • Sometimes cab drivers will act like they know where you need to go, but they don’t. If they’re lost its ok to get out and not pay a single rupee.
  •  If taking a shared jeep make sure you choose your seat before getting on.  Some drivers have different prices for each seat.  Note that sitting in the far back row (above the rear tires) might seem like a good idea at first, but its not.
  • Don’t be surprised if your driver hits a dog (or other small animals).
  • In a cab, if you can’t get it metered always negotiate the price before getting in.
  • While out on the road bus drivers in general will make you fear for your life.
  • Busses tend to be more expensive than taking the train. They also take a bit longer to get you to your destination.
  • If riding in a government bus try to get on early and choose a seat in the front. There’s more legroom, a better view and space for a large backpack.
  • Long distance buses will typically make one or two bathroom stops only.
  • There are sleeper busses! If your budget allows and you need an overnight bus you can be horizontal.
  • When flying domestically you have to show proof of identification AND bring the credit card you used for payment of the ticket to the airport at check-in.
  • If you’re taking a train pay a bit extra for the AC class.  For just a few bucks extra you can be a lot more comfortable.
  • When taking an overnight train or plan on being on the train for many hours get a sleeper class (AC) and choose the Upper Berth (especially if you’re a woman).  You’ll thank me later.
  • Overnight AC Sleeper class comes with a pillow, sheets and a blanket.  Some will even provide a dinner service!