Indian Railways extends the facility of Indrail pass for the foreign tourists. It is designed and created especially for the foreign tourists and Indian nationals who are residing abroad. This pass should be used within one year from the date of issue and is available in flexible time period that ranges from 1/2 day to 90 days.
Indrail Passes are available for purchase in various Railway Offices at the following places : Agra Cantt, Ahmedabad , Hyderabad, Jaipur, Agra City, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Aurangabad, Bangalore City, Calcutta, Puttaparthi Town Booking Agency, Rameswaram, Gorakhpur, Mumbai (At Churchgate Booking Office), Vadodara, New Delhi(At International Tourist Bureau), Secundrabad, Varanasi, Trivandrum Central, Vasco da Gama and Vijayawada.
In addition to these railway offices there are few recognized and authorized Travel Agents who sell these passes in Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai,and Chennai. There are various benefits of Indrail pass. One can travel across the country based on one’s likes and preference. These passes allow the foreigners priority on Railway Reservation from their Foreign Tourist quota.
With Indrail Pass, those Children who are below 5 Years can travel Free and those between 5 & 12 years are charged only half the original fares. Free meals are provided luxury trains like Rajdhani Express or Shatabdi Express trains. While travelling in night there is no sleeper surcharge applied. Travel by Superfast Trains comes at no extra cost. There is no reservation fee applied for berths and seats
For Single Journey by Indrail pass, one should buy Half Day/One Day pass as these passes have validity for 12 hours and 24 hours respectively from the time of one begins the journey. In case of Rajdhani Express (Half Day/One Day pass for), one is eligible to use one class lower than one pay for the class. For e.g. If one pays for AC class, then one is eligible to travel by any of the following classes like First Class/AC-2tier, AC-3 Tier/AC Chair Car.