Grand Trunk Express
A great train, popularly known as the Grand Trunk (GT) Express, runs between Chennai and New Delhi. It covers a distance of 2184 kilometers or about 1360 miles in 35 hours. It is one of the oldest trains having been introduced in 1929. It has a capacity to accommodate some 1400 persons and runs daily through the main line that runs from the south to the North-between the two important metropolitan cities, Chennai and the capital of India, New Delhi.
This was the only train that served as the blood vein running from North to South for years until the Tamil Nadu Express was introduced. From coal driven this is now electric powered. It has AC class for the rich and unreserved coaches for the poor.
India is the heaven for the poor. For a travel which involves some 2200kms or1360 miles, you pay only $85.00; this includes AC travel for two nights and one full day, enjoying the best facilities and service. If a foreigner wants to tour India the best method is to travel by train. The poor can travel this distance, 1360 miles, between Chennai and new Delhi for less than $11.00 in unreserved compartments/coaches. Senior citizens, above 60years, get concessions in fares and women-seniors get more than men.
Any foreigner would find his cab fare and stay in India much costlier than his travel and food. By the way this train boasts a pantry car too.
Find here the tariff for various classes. These include reservation charges but not takkal ('Urgent' reservation charges) or any other charges prescribed by Indian Railways.) For International tourists Indian Railways have special schemes. Fares and timings from Indian railways web site as found in June 2008
Ticket Fare per person (12 and above) (Senior Indian citizens get concessions, 60 and above)
First Class AC Rs.3386/-($85.00approximately)
II AC Rs.1997/-($50.00approximately)
III AC Rs.1455/-($37.00approximately)
The timings follow.
Places of interest to visit:
In and around Chennai:
Marina Beach - one of the longest beaches in the world. Reach there around six in the evening and enjoy the visit by just being there for an hour or two.
Mahabalipuram - a place of historical importance and the statues and caves are special which stand witness to the skill of the people.
Muttukadu and vedanthangal are places to visit during the season. Other attraction like the museum, zoo, temples, age old Santhome church are also places of Interest.
Pondicherry, an erstwhile French colony and now an integrated part of India, is nearby and Arvind ashram is a place many foreigners visit.
A variety of choices- costly to normal; from $15 -$100 per day(depends on the number of persons and facilities.) Tourist cabs are easily available at all places and most of these cab drivers speak and understand English.
In and around New Delhi:
Rashtrapathi Bhavan, India Gate, Humayun Tomb,Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Raj Ghat and the Lotus Temple
are a few places one must see.
Agra, Chandigarh, Simla, manikaran manali, Jaipur, Amirthasaras, Waga gate
The Great Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders.
and many other historically important and holy venues are near by and a month long stay may not be enough to cover all areas nearby.
Stay, travel and food:
Being the capital, Delhi has all types of hotels and there are many to choose from. One can, from above $20, find very neat and comfortable places to stay. Cabs are easy to get and many understand and convey in English. From international cuisine to various types of Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food available in plenty of good restaurants, all over New Delhi.
The Fares are subject to change and this shall be verified at the web site.
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