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If you’re a travel freak, your bucket list will definitely include the cultural land of India. Once in India, you might never like to return back seeing the glorious natural landscapes, the historically acclaimed edifices and the architectural marvels. Moreover, the traditional and cultural vibe of this country will captivate your heart. India gives a lot many reasons for travellers to come and experience the magic.

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother

of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition”

― Mark Twain.

It is a total bliss if you travel to India during winters. It is one of the busiest tourist seasons where a heavy footfall is experienced right from Jammu & Kashmir in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south and Gujarat in the west and  Arunachal Pradesh in the east. India exposes the visitors to some of the most coveted views and makes their winter vacation a cherishable experience.

Here are the top five reasons why tourists visit India during winters:

Lively Beaches

India is quite popular for its massive water bodies. It is specially recognized for being covered with water bodies on three sides. It is no mystery that India is blessed with idyllic and serene beaches. Making it to the top is Goa in western India with its exotic beach life, an exciting range of watersports, exciting flea markets, majestic churches, lively carnivals, etc. Apart from this, there are the beautiful beaches of Kerala, Cochin, and Andamans with their pure, azure waters and admirable natural setting. Winters is an excellent time to drop in here and spend one of the most rejuvenating vacations ever.

Cultural Fiesta

It is the cultural richness in India that has garnered a heavy interest from the tourists time and again. The country has been a part of some of the most monumental historical events that have influenced countries and cultures around the world. Since ancient times, India has been a seat of diverse cultures that have been evolving with time, adding to its cultural affluence. Explore this vibrance by going for the Golden Triangle Tour. Get to visit Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and other destinations like Fatehpur Sikri, Jhansi, Orchha and Khajuraho. You are sure to get mesmerized by the architectural brilliance you see there.

Ultimate Relaxation

India is the birthplace of Ayurveda, the ancient system of natural healing that dates back to almost 5000 years. People across the world are curious about this natural system of healing, associated therapies and treatments. Ayurveda attracts a huge number of tourists every year. They come to enjoy a relaxing vacation where they avail services at the spa and go for natural healing treatments.

Taste of Luxury

What better way to experience the beauty of India! Luxury trains such as the Maharaja Express, Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, etc. offer a ride complemented with king-size comfort and regal style. Each of these trains provides a reminiscence of the royal historic past of the country. The opulent train rides such as the Maharaja Express offers multiple itineraries and modern amenities that delight its guests onboard. Each luxury train is recognized for its stylish interiors, state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional services.

Into the Wild

India is blessed with a rich and diverse cover of flora and fauna. There are numerous national parks that attract wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers every year. There are nearly 442 animal sanctuaries in India. Amazing, right? The Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous sanctuaries in India that provides shelter to Asiatic Lions.

Make your next winter vacation special by visiting the land of marvels-India and experience the unrivalled combination of history, culture, traditions and natural beauty by yourself.

There are different classes of travel as offered by the Indian Railways. Each of these has its own pros and cons, still making trains one of the most preferred modes of travel. You can find differences in the fare, the services, the number of people, etc. as you go to book your tickets and travel by the selected class after you check PNR status. Let’s take a look at some of the classes of travel on the Indian Railways trains:

First AC Sleeper (1A)

Great comfort comes at a price. This is definitely the case with the highest class of travel, First AC Sleeper (1A). Here is an interesting fact: it is not present in every passenger train. It is the most expensive class with fare that is comparable to an air ticket. It consists of four-berth cabins and two-berth coupes with doors that can be bolted from the inside. The best thing about this is that it provides a greater extent of privacy as in the entire coach only has 18-24 passengers and the coupes or cabins can be bolted from inside. There are several facilities like attendant-on-call, reading lights, clean beddings, etc. The level of cleanliness is maintained better in the toilets in this class as compared to other classes.

Executive Class (1A)

If you’re not flying business class, you can definitely plan some part of your travel via the Executive Class present in the Shatabdi Express trains and few Duronto Expresses. Enjoy a great amount of legroom space in this sitting class which has 2 x 2 seating. Meals served in Executive Class is better in quality and quantity in comparison to other classes in the train. A short or a long day journey by this class can be great.

Second AC Sleeper (2A)

Second AC Sleeper is the second highest sleeping class offered by the Indian Railways. It
accommodates about 46-54 passengers comfortably. Though it offers a fair amount of space, it offers less privacy than First AC Sleeper with the unlockable doors. There are eight bays of berths that are divided into four “inner” berths and two “side” berths. Each set of four inner berths has a curtain for privacy purposes that can be drawn to block views of the corridors. In case you want to relax while reading a newspaper or a novel, you can do so comfortably as each berth has its own reading light.

Three-tier AC Sleeper (3A)

Also known as Third AC, Three-tier AC Sleeper is one of the most popular AC classes in the Indian Railways; it is the cheapest AC class offering sleeping accommodation barring the relatively rare AC Sleeper Economy class. It makes for a fairly comfortable journey.

Unlike in Second AC Sleeper, the inner bay in Three-tier has three sets of berths; lower, middle and upper. It’s interesting to see how the backrest of the lower berth rotates upward to form the middle berth. This class does not have private reading lamps but has bedding provided. Moreover, the Three-tier AC Sleeper coaches now lack the privacy curtains in the aisles which were there before.

Also Read: Why Travel By Train

AC Chair Car (CC)

When you have to travel for short time, AC Chair Car is a good class of travel by. Though one has to sit throughout the journey, it is quite comfortable with a decent amount of leg space. It is air-conditioned with 3 x 2 seating.

Sleeper Class Non-AC (SL)

If you want to travel cheap, like only pay INR 800 to travel around 3000 km, you can do that if you travel by the Sleeper Class. If you want a travel backed by continuous entertainment and liveliness, this coach is definitely better than any other average AC coach. It is like a Three-tier AC Sleeper coach without the AC and the free bedding. In terms of privacy, it does not stand too powerful in comparison to other classes. Moreover, it does not have reading lights. You either feel hot or cold as per the weather conditions while travelling in this class as it does not have an insulated environment of its own.

Second Class Sitting (2S)

This is found mostly in daytime intercity trains. It is the cheapest reserved class which consists of 3 x 3 seating with non-reclining seats. The coaches have bus-like bench system, each accommodating seating 3 passengers. This class is great for short travels but often people board the train without proper reservations.