Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta: visit to the Railway station with longest name in India

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There are things that some people do that makes them look like lunatics to others. For me chasing travel trivia is one such activity. A couple of years back when I went to visit a railway station in Orissa just because it had the smallest railway station name in India my colleagues at work couldn't believe it. They told me that I was a 'pagal aadmi' (mad guy). I covered 50 kms on bus and 50 more on a train just to see that station so they thought they had every reason to call me pagal.

Well, they should have seen what I did to reach the station with the longest name in India.It is situated on the Renigunta-Arakkonam section of Southern Railway. I started the night before to catch a 1 am train to Renigunta (from Nellore,where I live presently). From there I caught a morning 5 am passenger to Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta and reached the station at around 6 30am. Though I had the easier option to take the bus route I wanted to make the experience truthful to the purpose of my visit so I stuck with the inconvenient option of train.

The Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta station itself is nothing much. There is a small building housing the waiting area and a small room from where the tickets are issued. It was closed when I got down at the station. Only two trains have a stop here. As it was early morning the surroundings were bathed in the morning glow of the sunlight. On one side of the station a road runs, on the other side of which is a hillock. The sunlight fell on this hillock illuminating its rocky terrain. The other side was the village stuck close to the tracks. I strolled around here, making a rectangular circuit around the station on the opposing two tracks. This place lacked the kind of tranquility I experienced in the station with the smallest name, Ib in Orissa. So I decided to head back as soon as possible but before doing so I wanted to have breakfast. Sometimes you get the most delicious tiffins in remote villages. With this in mind I had a plate of hot Idlis in a tiffin center just in front of the station building. To my disappointment it was horrible.


I decided to head back and first took some pics with the name boards and the building. Luckily for me one train running in the opposing direction was due to arrive and I quickly bought a ticket from the old woman at the ticket counter. The tickets looked ancient. I did not know that cardboard tickets were still in existence. And it cost me only Rs15 which was including some kind of commission that the old woman was muttering about. I did not understand a word of what she spoke. I boarded that train to reach Renigunta Junction in an hour and from there I caught an RTC bus to Nellore to complete my trip by afternoon 1 am. So 12 hours and 320 Kms up and down for a trip to the station with the longest station name in India. Call me a pagal but it was an awesome trip!

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What a name !! Thanks for doing this journey & posting it here.

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Splendid stuff,sometimes you just have to pick a destination and go for it.Getting there is half the fun which non pagals don't understand.
Which railway station is next ?
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This reminds me somewhat of a book I read:

"Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7138803-chai-chai

Broadly speaking the author travels by train to famous major rail junctions, where folk often change trains, but have no reason to explore the town itself, which is what he does.

The book is not up to Paul Theroux's standards of travel writing, but a fun read anyway!

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What a great thing to do!

Thank you for photographing it for us. Shame about the food, though, and the lack of tranquillity.

I had. more or less, "parsed" the station name in my head. The sign makers, though, have saved us the trouble of thinking hard, by the way they have spaced the English-language version of the name.

I was thinking... This is one for Ed to do on one of his rambles
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i'm amazed! well done, razzaqfccf :-)
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Great thread !

I love the way you write, I can just picture your disappointment when tasting the tiffin....

I am reminded of a blogger (English food blogger in Rome) who writes for a major newspaper, who describes how she went once to the airport in London and just picked out a destination on the departure board and went there. My obsession with being warmly dressed would not allow me to do such a thing, but I admire her spirit.
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It's a great spirit as well as great idea!!!!!! Cheers razzaqfccf
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I suspect that the system is chopping of the last six letters of the station name. Could it to be edited to show the name in all its glory, please?
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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post What a name !! Thanks for doing this journey & posting it here.

Ronak.
Thanks ronak! Sharing the story with you all only adds to the overall fun of the trip!

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Originally Posted by lismoresimon23 View Post Splendid stuff,sometimes you just have to pick a destination and go for it.Getting there is half the fun which non pagals don't understand.
Which railway station is next ?
Yeah. Going to obscure places is a lot more exciting than the usual stuff. Well, have to check out the intersting ones nearby.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post This reminds me somewhat of a book I read:

"Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7138803-chai-chai

Broadly speaking the author travels by train to famous major rail junctions, where folk often change trains, but have no reason to explore the town itself, which is what he does.

The book is not up to Paul Theroux's standards of travel writing, but a fun read anyway!

Ed.
Sounds interesting. Will check it out.

Speaking of books, would you be knowing which is the best book to read about the history of Indian Railways?

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post What a great thing to do!

Thank you for photographing it for us. Shame about the food, though, and the lack of tranquillity.

I had. more or less, "parsed" the station name in my head. The sign makers, though, have saved us the trouble of thinking hard, by the way they have spaced the English-language version of the name.

I was thinking... This is one for Ed to do on one of his rambles
Yeah, the bad food spoiled the atmosphere a bit. Oh yeah now that you mention in yes they should have kept the name intact.

ah umm whos Ed?
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Originally Posted by anar View Post i'm amazed! well done, razzaqfccf :-)
Thank you!

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Great thread !

I love the way you write, I can just picture your disappointment when tasting the tiffin....

I am reminded of a blogger (English food blogger in Rome) who writes for a major newspaper, who describes how she went once to the airport in London and just picked out a destination on the departure board and went there. My obsession with being warmly dressed would not allow me to do such a thing, but I admire her spirit.
Thank you!!

That sounds mighty interesting. I have done a mini version of what she did. I went to the bus stand and picked a destination and just went there. Haha!

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Originally Posted by travelmanna View Post It's a great spirit as well as great idea!!!!!! Cheers razzaqfccf
Thank you very much!!

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I suspect that the system is chopping of the last six letters of the station name. Could it to be edited to show the name in all its glory, please?
Yes indeed. Though I tried to edit it but i think the thread name cant be changed once its created. I don't remember if i made a mistake while creating the name or if the system is cutting it off.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I suspect that the system is chopping of the last six letters of the station name. Could it to be edited to show the name in all its glory, please?
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razzaqfccf: Yes indeed. Though I tried to edit it but i think the thread name cant be changed once its created. I don't remember if i made a mistake while creating the name or if the system is cutting it off.
Nick, I think there is a 85-character limit.

razzaqfccf nice thread . Try changing the title to

Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta: visit to the Railway station with longest name in India
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It used to be that one could edit a thread title by editing the first post, and "go advanced." But things might have changed.

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Ed is OldandRambling. And he likes to ramble by train
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Only the moderators can change thread titles.

A friendly request to one of them will do the trick !
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I see the title just fine.
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