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    Bus Travel in India: Where the Journey is the Destination

    Bus Travel in India: Where the Journey is the Destination

    One of my earliest memory of bus journeys is from college. It was a college trip to Rajasthan in the first semester, with students from across different batches. We travelled from Delhi to six cities in Rajasthan over a period of a week. It was a good trip and I remember making some memorable bonds.

    My next memory of a bus journey is the one I took to Manali, minutes after losing my camera. It felt like a punishment and I wept through the overnight journey. I have no recollection, except moments when I was trying to recover from the pain and forcing myself to sleep. This experience left a bad taste in my mouth and I associated all bus journeys with this memory.

     

    Enroute to Gokarna from Ankola.
    Enroute to Gokarna from Ankola.

    It has been a decade since and I have travelled by bus countless times, across the country. The magic of this mode of transport is that it takes us to the corner-most part of the country at affordable prices. It is a people’s transport. A state with a good public transport, in my opinion, is truly a developed state.

    As a solo traveller, I have found the bus connections of Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka very efficient and trustworthy. Kadamba Transport Corporation in Goa has buses scheduled all across the state with convenient options to change over to private buses at smaller stops. HPTDC and KSRTC in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively, have good online presence and help us plan our trips much in advance. We’re spoilt for choices between the air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned coaches; and then there are the seated, semi-sleeper and the sleeper option. And finally the Volvo and luxury buses which are designed for longer journeys. Buses are slowly making it to the comfort-loving travellers’ list as well.

    HPTDC and HRTC Volvo bus tickets can be booked online, exclusively on Travelyaari.

     

    While waiting at KSRTC’s bus terminus in Coorg.
    While waiting at KSRTC’s bus terminus in Coorg.

    Ironically, I crave to travel within Himachal by bus. HPTDC buses are clean and punctual. Though I must admit, nothing makes up for the views in the morning. Himachal, as we all know, has some of the most treacherous roads and some of the most appealing scenic moments. I have often found myself wishing to hold on to the journey, once we were on the concluding stretch.

     

    Himachal’s morning greeting
    Himachal’s morning greeting

    In case you’re planning to take the bus to travel within Indian states, here is a list of things to keep in mind:

    • Always get the window seat. It is not every day you may wake up to the sights outside.
    • Many buses, even short distance travels, have reserved ladies seat. These seats are usually towards the beginning of the bus. If you’re a solo female traveller, this is a good option.
    • Carry a travel sleep mask, bottle of water, some packets of biscuits and tissues.
    • Before boarding the bus, do ask the conductor or bus driver how many and where the refreshment and the loo stops will be made.
    • Charge your phone and be prepared to go off the network radar soon. So, keep someone informed of the bus you’re in, expected time of arrival and the bus number.
    • If you’re travelling further from your destination, please feel free to ask the conductor the connecting buses onward. Some of them are ill-tempered but that shouldn’t deter your curiosity.
    • It is a good idea to check beforehand the various stops in the middle, if you’re planning to change buses.
    • Reach your bus terminus before time. It always helps to check if there are any delays or alternatives that need to be worked out. Also, the bus terminuses are usually quite big and keeping some buffer time is a smart move.
    • In case you have an uncomfortable co-passenger, be curt and tactful with him. Let him know that he is making you uncomfortable. If the matter persists, bring it to everyone’s notice and get him to change his seat.
    • For long journeys, avoid travelling with hand bags that cannot fit near your feet. Keeping your bag overhead means keeping a constant eye on it.
    • If you have bags that go into the luggage compartment, it may be a good idea to have the rain cover on or any other water-resistant cover.
    • Don’t forget to update your iPod with your favourite songs and get to know your pleasant, fellow passengers.
    • Wherever you travel, do not litter.

     

    Bus journeys are affordable and convenient.
    Bus journeys are affordable and convenient.

    Bus trips are not only an inevitable part of travelling in India, but also one of the best ways to meet locals and see parts of the country that you otherwise wouldn’t. After all, the journey is sometimes the destination too!

    Do you like travelling by bus in India? Why or why not?

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    About the author: Perpetually bitten by the travel bug, Amrita has travelled across twenty states in India and Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and Paris. She shares her experiences best through writing, photography and blogging. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way of life, listens to stories strangers tell her and is a firm believer of serendipity and constant change. She blogs at http://travellingidesofmarch.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @Amrita_dass.

    Buzzing around in a Bus

    Buzzing around in a Bus

    Traveling the unknown roads, the quirky streets, mighty hill stations, ancient corners and more is a passion, obsession and a craze for many people like me. I take immense pleasure in getting away with a short trip in almost every weekend. As our country is endowed with a rich heritage, ancient structures, majestic monuments, stunning beaches, magnificent mountain ranges and much more, it offers plenty of opportunities to explore as well as catch sight of the excellence around by road which is simply incredible.

    I remembered I was a puking tank during my childhood. I could never board a bus for long journeys, but with time, I grew resistant to my fears of a bus trip, and now I love hoping the roads in a bus. I live in Bangalore, and I’ve explored much of the places in Karnataka as well as been to the other neighboring states for my holidays. Karnataka has a large bus facility with humongous demand. The government and private transport system run round the clock. There were days when one had to think over hundred times before taking up a bus tour, as it was a mess earlier. This is not a scenario today; the private buses have stepped ahead with technology.

     

    Though it seemed to give a feeling of boredom to many passengers traveling in a bus, I enjoy the scenes that come on my way. Moving through the Ghat roads in the midst of bends and curves, the thick forest on either side of the roads is something I do not like to miss.

     

    I had recently been to Chitradurga and Davengere from Bangalore with my tickets booked with Seabird Tourists and it was the most memorable journey ever. Seabird buses operate on many other bus routes as well. Although, it is popular in the Hubli-Bangalore and Goa– Bangalore bus routes.

     

     

     

     

    Chitradurga Fort
    Chitradurga Fort

    My bus travel was scheduled at 10:05 PM via the Bangalore- ChitradurgaBypass route with Seabird Tourists. As you approach the town, the one striking feature you will notice are the beautiful windmills around the outskirts of the town. I reached Chitradurga early the next day morning at 6:00 AM and there I was in the glorious city of the Vijayanagar empire. The Chitradurga fort is massive and is known to be able to withstand against all odds of its enemies that tried to attack it. Its walls and temples narrate its days of pride that can even be felt in its charm.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
    Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

    My trip to Davengere via the Bangalore- Davengere bypass bus route was scheduled on 5th May. This time again I had online bus ticket bookings done with Seabird tourists and had a comfortable journey throughout. I started at 11:50 PM and reached Davengere by 6:00 AM. I first visited the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary which is the star attraction here and the Siruvani Waterfalls next. Davengere is quite fascinating as it holds rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its temples such as the Marudamalai Temple.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Given the facts that each year more people end up traveling in private vehicles or trains rather than taking a bus, the snub is quite surprising. With the advance and customized bus services today, buses are the only viable means of transportation and the demand for it is only getting stronger every day.

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