Indian Railways

Indian Railways.... the golden Era. The Great Beginning on 16th April, 1853.

The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane.

The idea of a railway to connect Bombay with Thane, Kalyan and with the Thal and Bhore Ghats inclines first occurred to Mr. George Clark, the Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government, during a visit to Bhandup in 1843.

The formal inauguration ceremony was performed on 16th April 1853, when 14 railway carriages carrying about 400 guests left Bori Bunder at 3.30 pm "amidst the loud applause of a vast multitude and to the salute of 21 guns."

The first passenger train steamed out of Howrah station destined for Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles, on 15th August, 1854. Thus the first section of the East Indian Railway was opened to public traffic, inaugurating the beginning of railway transport on the Eastern side of the sub-continent.

In south the first line was opened on Ist July, 1856 by the Madras Railway Company. It ran between Veyasarpandy and Walajah Road (Arcot), a distance of 63 miles. In the North a length of 119 miles of line was laid from Allahabad to Kanpur on 3rd March 1859. The first section from Hathras Road to Mathura Cantonment was opened to traffic on 19th October, 1875.

These were the small beginnings which is due course developed into a network of railway lines all over the country. By 1880 the Indian Railway system had a route mileage of about 9000 miles.

Facilities for Foreigen Tourists/NRIs

  • It offers  confirmed reservation out of Foreign Tourist quota exclusively for foreign tourist /NRI’s  who wish to travel from one station to another station over Indian Railway.  This facility is available till four hours before the departure of the train from the originating station.

  • This facility is available only on production of valid passport and visa.  

  • This facility is provided by paying the fare in foreign currency i.e. US Dollars and Sterling Pounds either in cash or through traveller’s cheque. 

  • In case payment is made through traveller’s cheque, tourists should note that the traveller’s cheque of only some selected banks.

  • Balance is retuned in RUPEES only and an encashment certificate is issued to this effect.

  • This facility is also provided by paying the fare in Rupees against Encashment Certificate issued anywhere in India by any money changer approved by Reserve Bank of India  

  • The facility of exchange of currency is also available round the clock at Thomas Cook money changer’s and a Citibank ATM facility near platform No.12 Ajmeri Gate side at New Delhi Railway Station. 


  • International Tourist Bureau allows to explore the splendour of multi- faceted India by the way of selling INDRAIL PASSES to foreign tourists/NRI’s. These passes are sold by GSAs and Rail Tourist Agents.
  • Indrail Passes not only provide excellent value for money but also  enhances the charm of holidays from abroad. It offers the foreign tourists/NRI’s to travel as they like, over the entire Indian Railways without any route restriction within the period of validity of Indrail Pass.
  • The tourists can choose Indrail Passes according to their itineraries.
  • The Indrail Pass holder is not required to pay any reservation fee, super fast charges and safety charges etc. No additional charges are paid for catering service provided in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express trains.
  • Indrail Passes are very convenient for tourists as they provide flexibility for travel over Indian Railway.
  • The fares of Indrail Passes are in US Dollars only but  payments can be made either in US Dollars or Sterling Pounds.

* These Indrail Passes are hourly based and validity starts from  the time of the departure of train.

* These passes are valid in one class lower than the class for  which  they are issued when travelling  by  Rajdhani  Express trains i.e. Half day or  One  day  Indrail  Passes  of 1st A C are  valid  in  2 AC and  First Class Indrail Passes  are valid in 3 AC of  Rajdhani Express.

  • Rest of the Indrail Passes are valid in the class for which they are issued of all trains.
  • Second /Sleeper Class Indrail Passes are not valid in Rajdhani/Shatabdi  Express trains.
  • Indrail Passes are available for sale at major Railway Stations  over Indian Railways  viz - Agra Cantt, Agra City, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore City, Howrah, Chennai, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Jaipaur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Puttaparthi Town Booking Agency, Rameshwaram, Secunderabad, Trivandrum Central, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vasco da gama  and  Vijayawada.
  • Certain recognised travel agents are also authorised to sell these passes in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.
  • Indrail Passes are sold outside India through our General Sales Agents appointed by Indian Railways in Bangladesh,Bahrain, Columbo, Finland, Germany, Oman, South Africa, U.A.E, U.K.

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