Chennai to Khajuraho - Best train route
Quote:Yes, so I gathered. Am I right thinking you live there? Would seem difficult requirements to me to meet in India. (Certainly in anything like a city, such as Chennai, the more relaxed of all the metros though it may arguably be.)
(Edit, later: ) Are you from there btw? Not my business, but I've so far somehow assumed you were an expat there. Then it just sunk into me that Arnold Layne is of course the name of the first Pink Floyd single, LOL Anyway I guess for a native your perspective and mileage may vary, sure. (Which isn't to say it might not for an expat.)
Quote:Nope, again this really hasn't been my experience; but again, to each their own, let's not argue about it.
Quote:Yes, that's possible; earlier this year I looked into flying Khajuraho-Aurangabad or thereabouts at short notice, and was quoted Rs. 12,000 at the least or so one-way (and single person!), and that only upon turning my heels, the original quote had been rather higher.
It would also have involved two stops taking you halfway around the country, indeed. (Over Delhi and Mumbai in that case, I believe. Oh, I remember now: With a possible stop in Varanasi on top of it, I think Anyway, far over my budget in any case. And I really instinctively dislike flying over seemingly backtracking routes, whether that's rational or not. Don't much like it by any means of transport, I think.
I'd been enquiring about flights Delhi-Hyderabad and in a timely fashion before that, those went for some Rs. 3-3,500 at the time I think. Anyway flying between major centers in India really seems the far more economical.)
Last edited by machadinha; Nov 5th, 2010 at 18:20..
Nov 5th, 2010, 18:05
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Quote:Nope I neither live there nor an expat You are right about the Pink Floyd part though LOL Sorry mate, but I hardly have any of the survival skills like most of the people who may live there might which is why I am planning my trip to the tee trying to make it as comfortable as possible. I have visited India on previous occasions and from my experiences, things are so chaotic and unpredictable and I always try to put those behind to have a good time but some of them can be quite harrowing and spoil the fun. I do love traveling by train though, be it India or Europe or anywhere else and I am a big fan of experiencing the railways of the world. There is so much to see and experience by traveling in a train and barring transcontinental travel, trains to me are the best mode of travel. I do like my own little private space to enjoy and relish the journey though.
Quote:Like I said, it was from my experience so it may differ from yours. Plus travelling by a sleeper class coach, you are exposed to the weather element as well. But the toilets play a major factor as well.
Quote:Yeah the flight costs around that much for two people. Not a big deal really but I still like to travel by train if I can. The only thing standing in my way is that miniscule leg between Jhansi and Khajuraho. I am thinking I might take a short hop to Orchha on the way before Khajuraho and spend a day or two there so that way I don't have to retrace back to Jhansi. I could take a train or flight into Delhi or Agra from Khajuraho and I have better travel options. I just have to take a taxi ride between Orchha and Khajuraho and get it over with. Or get back to Jhansi after a day or two in Orchha to Jhansi around the time the A/C bus that connects with the Shatabdi express and try that option. I'll find a way to make it work.
You know, the other thing about flying in India especially on short or middle distances is, it is less of an ordeal to actually fly than actually getting to the airport.
Quote:A very good note, yes, that I think more people thinking it would make travel there a lot easier and zippier of necessity should take heed of.
With any luck, I reckon checking in and out of hotels and getting to and from the airports and etc. it would soon take the better part of a day either way. So mostly worth it taking non-stop flights cross-country, I guess.
And then besides, train travel like you I find so much more fun. Though being a chain smoker, anti-smoking rules on Indian trains and like in many countries have largely taken the fun out of it for me, what with them distances.
Nov 6th, 2010, 01:14
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Quote:Indian cities seem to have better locations for Railway Stations and not so much for airports so the ordeal of getting to the airports and security checks and what not eats up way more time than a 50 min or 1 hr flight. It is easy to get to a railway station in an Indian city and you can be there 10 minutes before the train departs and still be on it. Can't say the same about flying in India.
Plus the trains give you a better opportunity to see the landscape than air.
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