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#1 Nov 8th, 2006, 11:01
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Hi guys,

A small group of us are going to be around Jaipur for Christmas on our first trip to India. Wondering what Christmas is like in India, what to expect. Do they get really into it?
Also how will we go catching trains on Christmas day and around that time? Do they stop or run on a different schedule?

Thanks heaps,
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At least in big cities,Christmas is indeed celebrated. Its an official holiday here, you can see the merchandise being sold all over the market place, there's an air of festivity for sure, hotels, pubs, restaurants, market places are all done up to suit the occassion, at times there are carols being sung on FM radio, but i cant say about a small city like Jaipur but in Delhi its a big event for sure, in many offices people have an X- mas cake on the eve & greet each other.

On another note, all trains run as per schedule unless other wise stated.
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Thanks heaps for that. It's our first christmas away from home so didn't really know what to expect. I take it trains also run as per normal over New Years?

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Go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve. Many places have Midnight Services. I still have such exhilirating feelings when I think of those church services. The programs vary but there is something (spoken as a proud biased person) about celeberating Christmas amiongst Christians in church. There are many English speaking churches and so you won't get lost. It is a special experience that you will not want to miss in the Indian context.
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Thanks, sounds great we will diffinately have a look.
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Most of my Christmas church-going has been to churches where nothing is in English, and the songs are not familiar at all! But hey! I'm not a Christian, anyway, and it's always an interesting evening.

Yes, midnight services are best; be sure to have your ricksha wallah wait for you.
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Originally Posted by Loz Hi guys,

A small group of us are going to be around Jaipur for Christmas on our first trip to India. Wondering what Christmas is like in India, what to expect. Do they get really into it?
Also how will we go catching trains on Christmas day and around that time? Do they stop or run on a different schedule?

Thanks heaps,
Loz
I was wondering the same thing. I'll be in Delhi Christmas eve and then en route to Agra Christmas day.
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Yes, trains run as per schedule on new years but mostly in the northern part of India, during that period, there's a heavy fog in the morning(s) and flights as well as trains tend to run late, esp during last week of Dec, so please check status before leaving for railway station if there's heavy fog, you can check status of your train on phone via an automated service or thru internet online, or ask your hotel travel desk to find that out for you prior, hope this helps
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Thanks guys that's great I really appreciate your help
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Originally Posted by Loz Also how will we go catching trains on Christmas day and around that time? Do they stop or run on a different schedule?
They do tend to fill up over holiday periods, and I hear this is not improving. One member just wrote he had just managed to book the last seats on a given train over this coming X-mas.

Also, church services aside perhaps I found Christmas and New Year's sort of passed by unnoticed. Probably depends on where you are too. There may be a bit of this and that here and there, but don't expect it to be like home. New year's eve we were kindly asked beforehand by hotel staff if any wine order was in order, so we ordered a box or so -- "wine" turning out to be a euphemism for Indian whiskey of course! My were we miserable next morning
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Originally Posted by machadinha One member just wrote he had just managed to book the last seats on a given train over this coming X-mas.
Yep, that was me; be fast to reserve your seats!!

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Hmm, is there any Church in Agra?? I'm not a Christian, but just wanted to have a look.
I wanted to head for Jaipur on Christmas Eve by bus, will bus be fully booked as well??
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Originally Posted by CKWOK View Post I wanted to head for Jaipur on Christmas Eve by bus, will bus be fully booked as well??
It appears buses are still fairly easy to catch, but better to let others give you the lowdown.

Making enquiries as soon as you can in any given town for any sort of outbound transport never hurts, of course.
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Buses won't be a problem..there is a huge network of buses and Christmas is not very big in most parts of India..
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A bump and a slightly belated Merry Christmas!

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