The biggest festive season of India is over the head, and most of us are still awaiting our leave approvals so that we may plan the festival accordingly. A major problem faced by last minute travellers is the mode of commuting. Overbooked train reservations, expensive air tickets seem to hamper your last-minute plans but the below tips on last-minute travelling will help you enjoy your festival at the destination you are headed to.
Diwali and Chhath Puja fall very closely to each other. Diwali is celebrated with great fervour in the entire country but mostly in Northern and Western states; and Chhath Puja in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Most of the people plan and make the bookings much before the festivals. But due to some unfortunate reasons, it is not possible for the others. So for those last-minute travellers, there are other options to resort to.
For an extravagant traveler, money is not a restraint. Passengers coming for Chhath Puja in Bihar can take a connecting flight to Kolkata, rather than a direct one to Patna and from there they can take another flight or a train or a taxi (as per their choice) to resume their journey onwards. This festive season enjoy a range of flight tickets starting from INR 888 and INR 999 with Spice Jet and Air Asia sale going now
Take a public/state bus anytime
If you are traveling from a nearby city, then the most convenient and the last-moment resort will be a public/ state bus. Regular, Sleeper, Volvo, AC/Non-AC, interstate, and inter-city buses ply at regular intervals. Local buses are easily available from the city bus stand. You can hop onto an ordinary bus anytime, if unsuccessful in getting tickets of a Volvo.
To clear the major rush of passengers during the festivals, some special trains are run by the Indian Railways. A list of all the festival special trains that will run during Diwali and Chhath Puja will be available on the official website of the Indian Railways. These trains run at special fares that are slightly more than normal fares.
Book a Cab
With so many cab applications available for our convenience, you can anytime book a cab at your fingertips. Avoid the hassle of making a reservation, checking online tickets and haggling with cabbies. With the facility of instant cab booking, you can verify the details of the driver, check the estimate of your journey and travel freely.
Travelling solo, rent a bike
If you are an adventurous soul and a bike enthusiast, then you can also rent a bike and plan your journey. Or if you have your own vehicle, nothing better than that. This would be the most memorable festival of your life. A tour through the towns and cities will make you witness the true joy and excitement of the festival.
The costs that will incur for the trip would be least if you go by bus, the fares increase as you change the mode of transport, followed by train, bike, car and then flight. As per your choice and need, you can decide on what would be the best option that will suit your last-minute travel.