As India contemplates a second fare hike in as many months, a Reuters photographer captures what the system means to its riders.
Last year, photographer Navesh Chitrakar spent three months traveling India's railways. His images show the vastness of the system, but also the intimate ways it is connected to the lives of Indians the country over. This is more important than ever as India contmplates raising fares for the second time in as many months. The system, one of the largest in the world, sees 9,000 passenger trains and 20 million riders each day.