Welcome to a country which is known for its diversity, a nation where cricket and Bollywood are worshipped more than any other god. A place so rich in its heritage that one fails to find a match. Welcome to Incredible India, A country which never fails to amuse anyone, a country which still holds true to its culture, a country which still tops the list of foreign travellers. Be it Taj Mahal or the Sun Temple, India has it all. An individual who has an itch for travelling calls India the ultimate destination to be in.
The tourism industry in India is economically important and has been growing rapidly. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism industry in India accounts for 6.4 trillion INR to the nation’s GDP (as in 2012). It employs as many as 39.5 million people. This gives India the third rank among the countries with the fastest growing tourism industries over the decade. Transportation industry plays a vital role to support tourism. India’s massive road network helps both industries to function well.
As of 2011, India has a road network of over 42, 36,000 Kilometres and is currently the third largest road network in the world. India’s roads are a combination of modern highways and narrow, unpaved roads and are still undergoing drastic improvement. India has a good number of railway stations, airports and bus stands. Bus services in India flourish widely and are one of the most common ways to travel in India (after the Indian Railways). India has tons of bus stations and they connect cities with rural as well as semi urban area. The largest bus stand of Asia is also situated in India and is at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Pandit Nehru Bus Station is one of the busiest in India. With the emergence of thousands of tour operators and travel agencies, bus travel in India has gone through a drastic change. It soared very well over the past decades.
Every state in India has its own Transport Corporation Bus service which connects the major hubs to the rural spots and the remote areas. These bus corporations provide round the clock service and have a wide range of buses. One may choose a sleeper bus, an ordinary seated bus, an A/C bus, a Volvo, a Semi Sleeper, a Mini traveller etc. There are also many private operators in the race which provide luxurious services at a competitive price. Long back, bus reservations were made using the traditional brick and mortar agents. The idea to go online and provide an out of the box service started in 2005. Bus reservations can now be done online, that too with ease and comfort of the home. It is now possible for a traveller to check bus schedules, avail the facility of bus ticket booking online at one click of the mouse. One can now book tickets for a return journey in advance without having to travel to the destination with the uncertainty of securing a ticket looming over the head.