Indian Railways has more than 64,015 kilometres of track and 6,909 stations. It has the world's fourth largest railway network after that of the United States, Russia and China.
The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country and carry over 20 million passengers and 2 million tons of freight daily. It is one of the world's largest commercial or utility employers, with more than 1.6 million employees. As to rolling stock, IR owns over 200,000 (freight) wagons, 50,000 coaches and 8,000 locomotives.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best way to see India is not on a plane at 35,000 feet, but at ground level on the incredible Indian railway system.
In fact, no visit to India is complete without experiencing the bustle of Indian railway stations with the tea seller's welcome cry of 'Chai, chai, garam chai' coming down the aisle.
The journey will no doubt be unforgettable as you are about to witness events you´ve never seen before in your life. Did you bring enough en route entertainment to keep you occupied? Forget about it. What happens in and outside of the train is far more entertaining than whatever gadget, book, or card game you could have possibly stuffed inside your bag.
India is not a country that can be summarized in words.
There is just simply not enough superlatives to cover the territory.
Taking the train is nothing more than an extension of this and how I can best describe the experience is to just simply state that there is NEVER a dull moment. EVER.
It´s a complete and total assault to all of your senses as you´ll witness events never encountered before in your life.
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