How will I recognise my intended destination

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#1 Oct 16th, 2014, 13:45
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Hi Mikers,
I fly out tomorrow and I am in equal parts excited and nervous , one of my concerns is that within three hours of landing we will be on a train and we will be jet lagged, the worry is that we get off at the second stop at Agra after a couple of hours or so, and that the train only stops for 5 minutes, and I worry we may have fallen asleep, does the conductor come down the train shouting out the station name or is an arrival such a noisy event we would likely wake up anyway. I know it sounds a bit silly , but the next stop is 2 hours on again.
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Originally Posted by bedspring View Post Hi Mikers,
I fly out tomorrow and I am in equal parts excited and nervous , one of my concerns is that within three hours of landing we will be on a train and we will be jet lagged, the worry is that we get off at the second stop at Agra after a couple of hours or so, and that the train only stops for 5 minutes, and I worry we may have fallen asleep, does the conductor come down the train shouting out the station name or is an arrival such a noisy event we would likely wake up anyway. I know it sounds a bit silly , but the next stop is 2 hours on again.
Cheers Beds
The train ticket collector and/or cabin attendant always comes around to announce the approaching of a major stop. You could also tell him to wake you up 10 minutes before the train reaches Agra.

Enjoy your trip.
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Set an alarm on your phone.
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Hi Dave,
yes thats one plan, just I will have to get phone set to inida time and I fret I may get that wrong or something. Just last minute nerves, it`ll be reet.
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Thanks that is most reassuring :-)
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You will be able to see Indian time on any number of clocks in the station in Delhi before you get on the train.

My experience doesn't match that of BB. I have been on plenty of trains where there have been no announcements and the TTE disappears after your ticket is checked never to be seen again. There is usually a pretty major bustle at important stations. It is best to get yourself and your luggage near the door before the train comes to a stand. Not everybody subscribes to the theory that it is best to let disembarking passengers get off first.
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Thanks Dave. We have done well on the packing, my ruksack is 17 kilo the wifes 14 kilo so at leat no suitcases to wrestle with, when getting on and off.
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post The train ticket collector and/or cabin attendant always comes around to announce the approaching of a major stop. You could also tell him to wake you up 10 minutes before the train reaches Agra.

Enjoy your trip.
This didn't happen to me at all and I took around 16 trains on my trip

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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post My experience doesn't match that of BB. I have been on plenty of trains where there have been no announcements and the TTE disappears after your ticket is checked never to be seen again. There is usually a pretty major bustle at important stations. It is best to get yourself and your luggage near the door before the train comes to a stand. Not everybody subscribes to the theory that it is best to let disembarking passengers get off first.
This happened.

I only saw the TTE once too!

Take an alarm clock and set it. Ask people around you if it's the right stop because I couldn't always see the station name on the platform either.
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post .... I took around 16 trains on my trip

Do you mean to say that you don't have a spreadsheet listing every journey, distance travelled, seat occuppied, punctuality stats etc etc?
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Cheers Fing Fang, luckily on the first train Agra is the second stop, so pretty simple. Are you aware in advance that your approaching a station, ie how do you know to start getting ready to get off?
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Usually you spot that the train is moving into a built up area, there are people walking along the adjacent tracks, other passengers start getting their acts together for disembarkation. If you are awake you will have no difficulty spotting Agra.

ADD - If you can't relax on an Indian train God help you when it comes to travelling by road.
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Maybe I haven't properly noticed then. I always fall asleep on trains and somebody always wakes me up before my stop. Whenever the stop is for less than 10 minutes or so I inform the cabin attendant or one of my co-passenger to wake me up in advance and it has never failed. A phone alarm is a good idea too.

In any case it's hard to pass by major stops like Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Bombay etc without noticing... There's a lot of commotion and you'd know you've arrived.
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Hi all thanks for the help. Just another quick question. I notice that the Ju Aii Fast Passenger (54801) which I am booked on stops for 20 mins at Marwar Junction. Whoops e doo I here you say, but Marwar Junction is one of my inspirations for going to India as it was mentioned in "The Man Who would be King" and just sounds exotic, but I have been told that infact there is not much there. But it would make my trip to have my photo taken next to the platform sign :-) and it seems logical to me that with 20 mins we will have plenty of time to hop off take photo, and hop back on train, anyone see a problem with this?
The alternative was to take a detour on the car journey from Udaipur via Rankapur to Jodphur but that did seem a faff just to get a photo.
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Originally Posted by bedspring View Post But it would make my trip to have my photo taken next to the platform sign :-) and it seems logical to me that with 20 mins we will have plenty of time to hop off take photo, and hop back on train, anyone see a problem with this?
No, not a problem.
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Indian trains give a long blast on the hooter just before they start to move. Even if it is moving it will be slow and there should be an open door that you can jump into. (Not recommending this but have done it once or twice) Just be certain you have got back onto the right train. The station nameboards are usually at each end of the platform.
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