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Travel and accommodation in India

There are 17 international airports in India but the major ones are located at New Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras), all of which are modern, clean and organised airports. New Delhi’s international airport is called Indira Gandhi International airport and is located 25km south west of the centre.  The Sahar International Airport at Mumbai (Bombay) is 30km north of the centre. 

For getting around the country Indian Airlines has a large domestic network.  It’s also worth noting that Air India carries domestic passengers on its linking flights between Mumbai and Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

Getting around

Rail travel in India is a safe and comfortable way to get around and see the country, and a far better option than bus.  There are a number of different classes for travelling ranging from first class AC, which will get you a comfortable lockable cabin to sleeper class, which comprises a partition of around nine berths with ceiling fans. 

Indian Railways is divided into regional zones, see www.indianrailway.com or visit the individual areas as follows:- www.centralrailwayonline.com (central railway),www.easternrailway.gov.in (eastern railway), www.uttarrailway.com (northern railway) and www.srailway.com (southern railway).

A good way to get about town - and an essential Indian experience - is via rickshaw but remember to have a stash of Rs 10 to hand, as chances are they won’t have change for bigger notes.  It’s also customary to ‘tip’ in India, in restaurants, taxi’s and transport so it’s wise to have stash of small denomination notes.

Accommodation

As for accommodation, a five star hotel in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai typically costs around €120 per night, including breakfast, while in Kolkata the same standard of hotel will be slightly cheaper.  Many of the hospitals offer package deals which include a choice of accommodation within the hospital from top class luxury to standard class.  If you’re planning on holidaying after your treatment then for a twin bed or double room in a three star hotel will be about €35, including breakfast.

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