Quote:Train 9223 departs Jodhpur daily at 20.20 and gets to Makhu at 10.55 (2A, SL)
Makhu is 60kms from Amritsar, come out of Makhu station and get a cycle rickshaw to the 'Amritsar bus stand' (Rs 10), if walking, outside the station turn right and walk to the main road (just less than 1km), cross over the road for the bus stops, the buses to Amritsar run about every 10-15 minutes, but they're slow (maybe 2 hours), or at least the bus I got was slow.
Book this train as early as you can, it's a popular train, and as far as I can remember, the only train in the last few years that I didn't manage to get a booking for.
(I still took the train after I unfortunately got off another train by mistake in the middle of nowhere, and in the middle of the night, a place called Pillibanger if I remember right, so I waited for this train and travelled unreservad for part of the journey, then Sleeper Class for the rest.)
Re; Amritsar Train
Thanks For The Info. That's Exactly What I Need To Know. Having Experienced North Indian Buses I Might See If I Can Hire A Taxi The Last Part Depending On The Size Of The Town. Much Obliged
Quote:I say every 10-15 minutes just to cover myself, I got the feeling that there were buses evry 5 minutes or so, the town is the last on the main road before the only bridge from the south that crosses the river Beas, so there are many buses.
The bus I got had plenty of room, I managed to get myself a window seat, the frustrating thing for me was that the bus kept stopping at designated places for 5-10 minutes at a time, and as a smoker, this was frustrating, there's enough to keep anybody interested in the bus journey, especially those coming from Rajasthan as the people in the Punjab are so different, if the first bus is busy, just have a chai and wait for the next bus.
There was only cycle rickshaws at the station, but I went for a walk when I got to Makhu, I wasn't sure what way to turn (from the station) so tossed a coin, and turned left (the wrong way for the bus), I walked about half a km and come to what seemed like the main town, had a chai or three, some breakfast, a shave, then chatted to the locals, they put me in a cycle rickshaw and told the man that I should not be charged more than Rs5 (for the 1.5km ride to the bus stand).
There were a few taxis in the 'main part of town', if you choose the taxi option, turn left from the station, walk to the main part of town, get to the road junction, have a chai (turn left and find the chai stall) and ask the chai man (and others at his stall) how much a taxi to Amritsar will cost, they will likely arrange the taxi for you at the correct price, they were extremely friendly.
Quote:? I'd normally drop my hanky on my seat (to reserve it) & go out for a smoke. This would lead to plenty of confusion, not least because you never know how long that bus will actually halt for (does he want to get off here, no sir, we're leaving in the proverbial "five minutes"); but you'll get a smoke once in a while this way.
I found sitting at the back end (of a non-deluxe bus) and if the bus isn't very full you may still get away with having a smoke there btw; although this is arguably much more of a hit-and-miss affair than it used to be already. Keep your innocent smile ready, and be ready to toss that cig out when asked for.
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