I really wonder if taking a flight in preference to a train is really a good choice? It might save some time but certainly not the hassles involved. For one thing, you leave home atleast two hours in advance taking traffic snarls into consideration, hang around in the airport after the baggage check and collecting your boarding pass, eagerly wait for the announcement for the flight departure which most often sounds like a jumble of words for you to comprehend. Suddenly you notice people rushing towards a particular entrance Gate with their hand baggage and you blindly follow suit and join the queue. It comes as a relief that the flight takes off on time and lands within less than an hour. You alight feeling fresh as a flower.
Then the real journey begins once you get into a cab to reach the place you wish. The forty kilometer distance is covered in double the time taken by your flight, the drive involving many twists and turns on bad roads not to speak of the peak hour traffic and bottle necks you face. At the end of it all you find yourself completely exhausted!
On the other hand you might spend a dozen more hours traveling by train instead of a plane, have a sense of relief when the locomotive chugs in to the station on time and find yourself reaching your destination by an auto within a quarter of an hour minus the exhaustion. If you are lucky you can also enjoy the good company of your co passengers besides having a feel of the real India.
n.meera raghavendra rao