India is an enchanting destination with many captivating images, history and
culture. Recent trends indicate that India is fast emerging as the favoured
tourist destination of South East Asia.
Improvements in road and rail infrastructure has made it much convenient
for tourists to travel to different parts of the country. The Golden
Quadrilateral project will give a further boost to the road infrastructure
by linking the four main metros of India under one mammoth highway project.
Construction of pitched roads have also connected a number of small tourist
destinations with major towns and cities of India. This has resulted in
greater tourist inflow to these places. Infact, many lesser known tourist
destinations now figure prominently in the tourist map of India. The
construction of Expressways like Mumbai-Pune and Delhi-Noida have made road
travel much faster and safer in India.
Even the capital city of New Delhi is adding new feathers to its cap to
attract tourists in a big way. The ambitious Delhi Metro Rail Project on the
lines of the 'London Tube' is likely to be fully operational by 2008. Some
sections of Delhi Metro have already become operational.
Rail services have improved manifold with the introduction of fully air
conditioned Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains. In order to make local
train travel within an Indian state more comfortable, Jan Shatabdi trains
have also been introduced. For the convenience of foreign tourists only,
Indrail passes have been introduced which makes train travel for foreigners
a hassle free business.
Air travel in India has also become very convenient in present times.
Indian Airlines and private operators like Jet and Sahara have introduced
many schemes to attract tourists. This includes co-branded credit cards in
collaboration with major banks. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways offer Apex
fares while Air Sahara auctions seats starting from Re.1. Infact, India has
gone in for massive computerisation in the railway and airlines sector. It
is worth mentionable that hotel rooms in India can also be booked or
cancelled on line.
As a result of developments in infrastructure, travelling to and within
India has become much comfortable and safe.
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