Foreign tourists, who wish to travel India by Indian Railways and experience its breathtaking locales and scenic beauty, can avail of the various facilities designed for them. Some of these facilities include Special Quota, Assistance Cells, International Tourist Bureau and Indrail Pass.
Special Quota: There are various trains which have a special quota booked for the foreign tourists. Foreign Tourists can avail of this facility by making a payment in US Dollars or Pound Sterling. Those Tourists, who do not make the payment in foreign currency, are allotted the special quota after producing the exchange certificates which should be issued by any nationalized bank. While booking the tickets under special quota for foreign tourists, the passport number and the country of origin needs to be mentioned.
Assistance Cells: In order to assist the foreign tourists, Indian Railways have set up special cells at Major Railway Reservation Centers. These special cells assist the foreign tourists in planning their itinerary, reserving their tickets and provide any other assistance required.
The International Tourist Bureau offers personalized service and assistance to foreign tourists and NRIs including itinerary planning, making reservations and other inquiries. It is located on the first floor of New Delhi Railway station and comprises of trained staff and tourist guides who are fluent in foreign languages for any help required. Address: International Tourist Bureau, 1, Floor, New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi – 110 001. Contact numbers of Bureau are as follows Tel: 011-3346804, 3734164, Fax: 011-3343050
Indrail Pass: This travel ticket has been designed keeping in mind the needs of foreign tourists and Indian nationals who are residing abroad. This ticket is accessible for a special time period ranging from 1/2 day to 90 days. Indrail Passes should be utilized within one year of issue. The validity period of Indrail pass begins from the date of the first train journey and it finishes on the midnight of the last journey.