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#166 May 3rd, 2012, 22:46
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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post Hi Oscar Flyingfred, Wonderful text and photos. Can you recall where in Kerala photos were taken of beach, the surf, and the food (chicken)? That train sounds great! I've gone " AC first class" in India but it sounds like your train was more luxurious!
Hi Rebecca, The first picture,s was taken in mumbia , the beach picture,s was just outside kovlam, the chicken was cooked on a boat on the back waters ,we took a taxi to the boat and booked it there and then ,no middle men so we got it a bit cheeper, not that it costs the earth,The driver of the taxi showed us some lovely beachs away from the crowds, we took his number and we called him we when we needed him ,a very friendly person whom help us see so much more ,i have his number somewhere ,if you would like me to see if i can find it for you ,just let me know ,
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without a doubt for us it was our huge 47 hour train journey from Kochi to Delhi - it was a 100 flight or a 6 train ticket in sleeper class, we were dreading it but it turned out to be an amazing although very HOT adventure - we met so many lovely people and didn't get round to watching even one of the movies we had planned - we did a small video diary for anyone wondering about sleeper class and indian trains...have a look :-)

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...9718/tpod.html
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The government boat ride from Kumarakom to some little village I'll never remember the name... From there, I caught a bus to Alleppey though =D Incredible ride, I had no idea where I was and this gigantic lake opened before my eyes after leaving the canal where women in colorful sarees washed clothes in the river...
A canoe tour in the backwater of Alleppey also left me mouth open before the gorgeous scenes: kids in their uniforms running laughing out of school and jumping into canoes and boats, women washing clothes on the shores, colorful houses and beautiful birds, kids jumping in the water before my camera and asking for my name laughing, coffee place in the middle of nowhere out of the canoe with domesticated eagles hanging around and put on my shoulder...
Scooter ride in Alleppey in search for secret beaches was one of a kind too and always a population ready to respond to your questions despite much language barriers... India, one incredible memory always bringing another... =D
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Originally Posted by freenote View Post all above and more ,the mind bogles!!!! we have just spent 6 months travelling on busses and trains in India.The blue train,can i add to what has been said above .The sleeper from Delhi to varanasi.Full of expectation,and fulfilment!!!!!the Himm queen down from Shimla to Kalka.Oh the heat ,lovely heat. A bus ride through the Kangra valley where i wanted to stop the bus and get off.I know the countryside but that was so vibrant and green.The midnight rickshaw ride in Bikanar to catch a train to Amaritsar.Joy, Joy,
Freenote, hi!

Where did you change trains to get from Bikaner to Amritsar?
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Originally Posted by sheffa View Post Freenote, hi!

Where did you change trains to get from Bikaner to Amritsar?
I think you need to take a train from Bikaner to Makhu and then by road to Amritsar. Distance between Makhu and Amritsar is around 70 kms.
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A 15 hour overnight train from Haridwar-Gorakhpur in a packed sleeper class. I was initially skeptical of the guys trying to talk to me, but finally I opened up a bit and we had such a good night that we all forgot to sleep! I got them into the Grateful Dead, they showed me a little of their favorite music, we ate, drank, etc etc. The whole time they were begging me to continue 6 hours after my stop to stay in their village. I was running out of time in India so I had to refuse, but I sort of regret saying no.
Winter grey and falling rain, we'll see summer come again,
Darkness falls and seasons change (gonna happen every time).
Same old friends the wind and rain, Summers fade and roses die,
You'll see summer come again, Like a song that's born to soar the sky
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Interesting

Hey,

This is really an interesting, loved your experiance.
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Wonderfull tread this is

I had so many memorable journeys in India, let me start with my last one.

I had spend the last 2 weeks of my trip in Gokarna, just relxing an celebrating my birthday. A couple day's before my flight home I realized that I still needed a train ticket to Delhi, but offcourse was everything fully booked (I didn't knew about Takal back then) so I just went to the station the day of travel and booked General class ticket for the 40 hour train ride

The first part of the journey was nothing special realy, just a quiet 3 hour ride in chair class (open windows like sleeper) to Madgoan. My initial plan was to hang my hammock above the hall in the train, I've seen Indians doing other crazy stuff in general before so I figured why not. At arrival the train was already s packed that hanging my hammoch wasn't a option. I squeezed together with the other 36.000 Indians in my carrige and off we went

After about 8/9 hours I was completely exhousted and realized I seriously needed to get some sleep and that this wasn;t going to happen down here. At the next stop I gatherd my things, said goodbye to my fellow general travelers and slipped illigaly into sleeper class. Offcourse there was no room here as well since the train was fully booked, and people were already sitting/sleeping at the ground. I found myself a realy nice family wich allowed me to sleep at the ground in between the 2 lower berths. They had 2 children, a little boy and girl, wich spoke incredibly good english, I would almost say better then myself. I had some really good conversations (of wich unfortunately I cannot remember alot becouse I was so exhausted). The full journey I spened sleeping at the ground but I had a amazing journey with incredible people. One of my fellow travelers made me a drawing, wich looked more like himself but was commited to the fact that I loved to smoke together with him in the hallway. Best souvenir you can get!


(This picture was taken on another journey)
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Originally Posted by Figment View Post A 15 hour overnight train from Haridwar-Gorakhpur in a packed sleeper class. I was initially skeptical of the guys trying to talk to me, but finally I opened up a bit and we had such a good night that we all forgot to sleep! I got them into the Grateful Dead, they showed me a little of their favorite music, we ate, drank, etc etc. The whole time they were begging me to continue 6 hours after my stop to stay in their village. I was running out of time in India so I had to refuse, but I sort of regret saying no.
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Originally Posted by TriXal0ne View Post Wonderfull tread this is

I had so many memorable journeys in India, let me start with my last one.

I had spend the last 2 weeks of my trip in Gokarna, just relxing an celebrating my birthday. A couple day's before my flight home I realized that I still needed a train ticket to Delhi, but offcourse was everything fully booked (I didn't knew about Takal back then) so I just went to the station the day of travel and booked General class ticket for the 40 hour train ride

The first part of the journey was nothing special realy, just a quiet 3 hour ride in chair class (open windows like sleeper) to Madgoan. My initial plan was to hang my hammock above the hall in the train, I've seen Indians doing other crazy stuff in general before so I figured why not. At arrival the train was already s packed that hanging my hammoch wasn't a option. I squeezed together with the other 36.000 Indians in my carrige and off we went

After about 8/9 hours I was completely exhousted and realized I seriously needed to get some sleep and that this wasn;t going to happen down here. At the next stop I gatherd my things, said goodbye to my fellow general travelers and slipped illigaly into sleeper class. Offcourse there was no room here as well since the train was fully booked, and people were already sitting/sleeping at the ground. I found myself a realy nice family wich allowed me to sleep at the ground in between the 2 lower berths. They had 2 children, a little boy and girl, wich spoke incredibly good english, I would almost say better then myself. I had some really good conversations (of wich unfortunately I cannot remember alot becouse I was so exhausted). The full journey I spened sleeping at the ground but I had a amazing journey with incredible people. One of my fellow travelers made me a drawing, wich looked more like himself but was commited to the fact that I loved to smoke together with him in the hallway. Best souvenir you can get!


(This picture was taken on another journey)
Other than people involved in tourist industry, and the touts, most everyday Indians are generally very welcoming to fellow travellers, especially of you are a foreigner.

2nd class unreserved coach is a unique experience. At first people will resist letting you in and suggest you try another coach, claiming theirs to be incredibly crowded. Once you have made your way into the coach, the barrier is gone. During my student days, I had to travel Ahmedabad to Delhi many many hears ago. Since Ahmedabad-Delhi was served by slower metre gauge trains and there were only a couple of trains on the route ij those days, I decided to take a bus to Baroda, which gave me many options. Obviously, I had to travel end class unreserved. A seventeen hour trip with standing room.

I have had similar expreiences with Thai trians also. In Malaysia, you can show up 15 miuntes before departure and bu a ticket in a class of your choice. I have found Malaysian travelers to be less accommodating. A lady occupied my seat and remobev my luggage to some other location. There were plenty of vacant seats in the carriage. One of the fellow passengers told me where she had put my luggage. It turned out she was in the wrong coach.

"No problem we adjust" is the attitude, once the initial hostility has been overcome. A western tourist is unlikely to face any hostility, but nothing is guaranteed in India.
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" Most enjoyable journey in India " the last one of course .
We have been back about six weeks and I still wake up in the morning with a smile on my face . The plan was to zip across the top , starting in Delhi and on to Varanasi , Kolkata and then into Bangladesh . As the management reserves the right to change a rout at a moments notice of to New Delhi Station we go , avoided all the touts trying to misdirect us and ended up in the tourist office upstairs and purchased two 2AC tickets to Lucknow with senior citizens discount for the next day .
After three days sightseeing caught a bus to Faizabad so that we could visit Ayodhya the birth place of Rama , a very pleasant welcoming little town . From there by bus to Allahabad and onward to Varanasi . Dallied there for quite a few days once again mesmerized by the town and river , such a vibrant town . A word of warning , avoid the Bhang shop on the way down to burning ghat unless you have time to spare Went by train from Varanasi to Kolkata using a good old tactal ticket for a train the next day , 3AC . no senior citizen discount on Tactal but we were on holiday and it was fast approaching Christmas .
At this stage the news from Bangladesh was a little disheartening , elections , riots burning buses and no transport so headed up into Bengal By Train . Purchased an unreserved ticket up to Bishnupur (bankura) A word of warning , try not to do this journey with a severe hangover as getting into and getting a seat in an unreserved carriage has its problems but once accomplished on get the story tellers , magicians and singers , most enjoyable . Traveled on to shantinketan by bus , once again a very pleasant town to spend a few days .
From there with the use of a Tactal ticket again 3AC booked for the next day traveled on to Guwahati the capital city of Assam , the train was 8 hours late .. We were pleasantly surprised that the rickshaw guys did not demand there usual information tax and were very helpful . The one thing to avoid in the city was the numerous holes in pavements and roads . We used the city as a base camp to visit Meghalaya and the Karsi hills and also to visit Sati at the Kamakhya mandir , a truly memorable day . We joined the devotes in the general queue and made our slow way down to the Inner sanctum , Into Kali's womb we went to be welcomed by all . , It took about three / four hours but well worth the trip . From the Karsi hills we were able to stand , looking down onto Bangladesh our original destination . I would recommend the area and particularly the "Cherrapunjee Holiday resort " near to the root bridges for a very welcoming and pleasant stay .
Traveled up into Assam to Dibrugarh via Pobitora wildlife sanctuary and onward to Tezpur and only encountered one Bandh Which delayed us for one day . Then came the luxury bit . From Dibrugarh Back to Guwahati Via a Rajdhani train , booked one day in advance , and the standard was not the same as we had grown used to , the carriage and service was " tatty" and 8 hours late .
From Guwahati we took a direct "indigo" flight to Bangalore and the glorious south with the cry of "to the beach " Visited sravanabelagola , our third attempt to visit the area and temples , on the way to Gokarna . Finished the trip on the beaches , wallowing in the warm sea and clean beaches for the two weeks before we had to head back to Delhi and the plane home . Once again managed to obtain a ticket in a 3AC carriage from Kawa , just up the road from Gokarna to New Delhi station . Best trip ever and has confirmed the desire to spend a little more time in Gokarna , just love that town .
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It sounds like you had a great trip freenote!
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