The celebrations are around the corner. The festive season observes a swarm of travellers flying back to their nest to celebrate Durga Puja/Diwali/ Chhath Puja with their families. Though it is wiser to make your plans well in advance, few circumstances lead you to make last minute plans which are a little challenging to realize, especially when you are taking train journeys.
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1. Special festival trains
Keeping in view the huge rush of passengers, Indian Railways run special festive trains on all major routes. The bookings are only open around the time the festive season begins. In case the train seats are not available or you are still on the waiting list, you can opt for these seasonal trains. Keep an eye on the train status by checking the PNR status of your train.
2. Up in the air
Why take a train when air journey is as cheap as a train ticket? The air journey has become so affordable that some of the airline tickets have the same price as train tickets. This festival season, many airlines like Spicejet and AirAsia are offering discounted airfares starting as low as INR 899 for domestic flights. As icing on the cake, ixigo is providing an additional cashback of INR 600 on all flights.
3. Connecting trains
In case the train seats are not available on the direct train to your destination, be street smart. Instead of booking one direct train to your place, take connecting trains that lead you to your destination. That should guarantee you a seat in the train. And for someone who likes train journeys, travelling in two different trains will be a gala.
4. Hit the road, ditch the rail track
Road trips can be fun, especially with friends. Carpool with your friends or acquaintances if they are taking the same route as yours. Not only will you get a comfort ride but also someone to keep you accompanied. Or book an outstation cab to make your travel comfortable and swift. You can also hitchhike, but only if you are bold enough to take the risk.
5. Journey on wheels
Yes, the train was your first preference. But bus journeys are also a good option. Many private buses offer luxury travel for longer routes offering comfort and entertainment at a reasonable cost. You can always rely on bus journey as a plan B in case train seats are not available. Also, the route offers an attraction itself.
6. Break down your trip
If any of the above does not work out, make them all work together. So what if train seats are not available? Fragmentize your journey into multiple modes of transport. Cover a part of distance in the alternate train if seats are available and the remainder by bus or car. This will be a perfect opportunity to ignite the wanderer in you. Plus, you will have an exciting travel chronicle to narrate to your family and friends.
Yes, taking different routes is quite an ambitious way to travel. But, when your family awaits you during the time of festivity, you take even the torturous of routes to spend your precious time with your loved ones.