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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Take a Ride on the Rails

Train travel has become increasingly popular for world travelers visiting India, and the accommodations and service have been improved as a result. India’s railway is arguably the world’s longest, and you can see much of the country from a train car. Indian railways employ 1.4 million workers and run 1,100 trains daily carrying more than 15 million passengers. They own some of the best real estate in the country and are soon going to develop world class stations and budget hotels like the West. Air-conditioned, upper-class train compartments are clean and comfortable ways to travel in India today. The nicer compartments even include toilet paper, which is missing from most bathrooms in India.

Toilet paper is typically not provided at public restrooms in India. Culturally, there is a perception of washing being better hygiene than wiping, in India. Water jets called “health faucets” are used, and in rural areas a simple bucket of water is all that is available. On most of your travels in the country, be sure to carry your own toilet paper.

Food is often served on these train trips and is sometimes included in the ticket price. The food is usually safe to eat, but unseasoned travelers whose palette is not used to Indian spices or visitors who have just arrived with lower immunity and sensitive stomachs, may want to pack a sandwich. You can also find plenty ...

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