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  • Travelling by Train in India today is an experience which is a must for any visitor to this picturesque land
  • While it was relatively quiet at night after 10 pm, the rest of the time there was a continuous flow of passengers, vendors offering sealed bottles of water, cold drinks,tea, coffee and an amazing variety of tasty snacks,fast foods,chocolates, toys and what have you

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      Travelling by Train in India today is an experience which is a must for any visitor to this picturesque land. One must be ready to be confronted from the exotic and romantic to the wierd but it will be really enjoyable if one has an open mind and remembers that India is a vast country on the fast track.

      The country has buried most of the obnoxious legacies of the British Raj and is evolving a unique culture not seen elsewhere.

      The 1968 Km.

      journey from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Howrah took about 31 hours with 14 halts-the Express started and reached the destination exactly


      on time-a bit uncomfortable for the 2000 odd passengers in 22 Coaches as it was 03.

      35am (IST)when we disembarked!

      We were in the 3-Tier coach with lower, middle and upper berths sort of facing each other with a passage for movement of passengers,vendors, cleaners etc.

      The service included bedding and a small towel-all clean and pressed.

      An unique thing in long distance train travel in India is that it takes very little time for fellow passengers to get to to know each other-where the others are coming from,their occupation, destination and sundry other personal tidbits.

      Very soon people started sharing small eatables they ...


      • had brought for the journey and exchanged small talk on the state of the country ,weather, sports and ofcourse the spurt in price of petrol and diesel! It was like one big family in each semi-open cubicle of 8 passengers! Newspapers and magazines become common property and I remember I could not trace a magazine I had got at one of the stations!We also played cards and shared jokes!

        While it was relatively quiet at night after 10 p.

        m.

        , the rest of the time there was a continuous flow of passengers, vendors offering sealed bottles of water, cold drinks,tea, coffee and an

        amazing variety of tasty snacks,fast foods,chocolates, toys and what have you.

        Lunches and dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) were available from the Pantry Car sevice-though eating with the plate balanced on the thighs or on the seat and eating sideways with only a spoon, takes some practice for first timers!

        This kaleidescopic mix of people and food stuffs and friendly chatting, made the time fly fast with intermittent short walks at halts to stretch our legs and and arms.

        Ofcourse to get a covetted berth in this fun filled romantic journey we had to book our tickets about 6 weeks before but it was really worth it.




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