Travelling by train can be a daunting prospect for tourists in India, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon realise that it’s a cheap and easy way of getting around. If you’re eager to see the best India has to offer as part of a once in lifetime trip, here are some safety tips to help you avoid travel accidents and navigate India’s rail network with ease:
- Before you travel
Before you travel, it’s a good idea to have some plans in place, so take a look at some guide books and websites, which offer information about travelling in India by train, work out where you want to go and start to form a rough itinerary. There’s a huge amount of information available online to help tourists get around India and this will help you to find out where you can get to by train and how you go about booking and buying tickets and reserving seats.
- At the station
India’s major cities are densely populated and stations tend to be very busy places. Be prepared for long queues and large crowds. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the station and get your tickets sorted to prevent you from having to rush when you get there, which increases the risk of slips and trips. Watch where you’re going and keep hold of your phone and wallet; try to ensure that valuables are secured inside your luggage.
- Boarding the train
There is often a surge of people when the train nears and this can be a scary experience, especially for people who are not used to travelling by train. Stand well clear of the edge of the platform to prevent travel injuries and walk slowly and carefully to the closest door. Take care when boarding the train and look out for steps up to the carriage and obstructions, which may cause slips, trips and falls once you get inside the train.
- On the train
If you’re on a sleeper train, it’s a good idea to bring ear plugs and a good book with you, as the journeys can be very long. The views from the window will keep you occupied, but remember to take regular walks up and down the aisles to get your blood pumping and prevent travel illnesses, such as deep vein thrombosis. Secure your valuables and keep them with you at all times and take hand sanitiser with you, as the toilets may not be very clean by the time you reach your destination.
If you’ve been unlucky enough to sustain injuries abroad while travelling in India or you’ve been involved in a train accident overseas, call the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for information and help with claiming travel accident compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice