Thanks to the growing commuter traffic, Indian railways has registered an all round increase, with increasing demand for better metro network serving suburbs. Rail route is a preferred mode of traveling for most passengers traveling 500kms or more. Intercity trains are competing effectively with airlines and other modes of transportation and are very popular on some short-halt routes such as Delhi-Chandigarh, Mumbai-Delhi, Delhi-Agra, Chennai-Bangalore to name a few.
Of course the millions of people of all income strata from middle-class backgrounds to the hungry- labour agricultural belt have no alternative other than the Indian railways to organize their annual trips back home.
By far the most luxurious way to travel on the main routes on the regular trains is in the privacy of the 2/4 berth air-conditioned (AC) First class, ordinary first class coaches (non AC), though spacious and comfortable do not keep the dust and noise out.
The second-class two tier sleeper is cheaper and also available on many more trains. It has four berth open cubicles facing a common corridor. So it provides the comforts of AC travel as well as the opportunity of getting to meet many other passengers during a long journey.
The super fast fully air- conditioned Rajdhani Express deluxe trains provide the opportunity of experiencing Indian Railways at their very best. More than 16 such trains connect New Delhi, the capital or the “Rajdhani” to all the major cities in the country.
Another quality efficient and comfortable set of trains is the Shatabdi Express. These superfast inter-cities air- conditioned trains provide region wise connection between major cities which do not involve overnight journeys. So they are ideal for quick and comfortable daytime travel.
Till date Indian railways has been have retained their past heritage. Much improvement has also been brought about by continual efforts through growth of technology and education. Indian railways pioneering growth in enhancing economic and socio-economic strata is undeniable. Indian railway tourism industry is growing leaps and bounds.