You have not fully experienced the real sense of adventure until you can get to watch the world go by via a window seat on a train. In India, the adventure is taken a notch higher as an individual feels the overwhelming tricky process of navigating the train system. However, you will still survive and enjoy your stay especially after experiencing the railway adventure. If you wish to travel by train in India, here are several facts you need to know.

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  1. Use the Indian railway if you want to get a better glimpse of the region.
  2. Booking for a ticket is crucial to secure you a seat or bed as a first-time traveller but forest tourist quotas have been implemented to increase tourism in the region. For better services, you might want to use the tour companies in the region.
  3. Indian railway is the fourth largest railway network in the world with a route length of about 67,000 kilometres.
  4. In April 16th, 1853, train systems were introduced to India with the first train launched at Bombay for Thane.
  5. In the Guinness Book of Records, the New Delhi railway station is recorded as the world’s most extensive route relay interlocking system.
  6. More than 20,000 people travel by train daily in India.
  7. The Indian railway system is one of the world’s largest employers with over 1.4 million people.
  8. The fastest train in Indian is Bhopal Shatabdi Express that commutes between New Delhi and Bhopal Junction.
  9. Dibrugarh Kanyakumari Vivek Express is the longest train route in India.
  10. Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, is the name of a railway station, the longest name in India and probably in the world.
  11. On the Indian railway network, the Rajdhani Express is privileged to have the highest priority while the slowest train is the Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri passenger train.
  12. The oldest steam engine that is still functional in India operates between New Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan, the Fairy Queen.
  13. The most expensive train in India is Maharaja express, while Howrah is the busiest railway station in the region with a train frequency of 974.
  14. The Indian railway is among the most successful corporation in the world, and it runs about 11,000 trains a day.
  15. The Indian railway has 16 zones over a route of 65,808km with about 7112 stations.
  16. By the end of March 2019, the Indian railway system electrified about 22,023 miles of their paths which covers about 50%. This is while India uses 25kV 50Hz AC traction on the railway tracks that have been electrified.
  17. By 2022, the country plans on electrifying the entire railway system. This is as part of the plan to realize the dream that began with the launch of the first electric train in February 1925 between Bombay Victoria Terminus and Kurla on the Harbour line.
  18. Although India has a robust railway system, the rail links are not well connected to the neighbouring countries. As of August 2019, some of the trains between Karachi and Jodhpur, as well as that between Delhi and Lahore, were cancelled following tension over Kashmir.
  19. Plans are underway to connect India and Bangladesh using the railway system.
  20. The Indian railway trains have various classes of travel, and they vary depending on those with or without air conditioning. Some trains might have just one class, while others might have more.