IR musings - the hmm's and haw's

#1 Jan 25th, 2008, 19:09
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may 2004:
Sampak Kranti - Yeshwantpur BLR to Nizzamuddin DEL. 37 hrs +/- [cant remember the exact time]
its a non-stop train ie your ticket fare is from BLR/DEL or reverse... irrelevant of where you may alight.
there are no new passengers, once the train sets off.
the train stops at the outermost platforms of a station - the chaotic station scene is absent.
however - the regular chaa/coffee food vendors are present at the platform.
the train traverses through the middle of india and you can see the topography change visibly - quite amazing.
standing/sitting on the doorsteps throughout the journey, drinking endless cups of chaa... twilight/dawn/dusk/nightfall whizz by - what can i say
something ethereal watching the hours rush by in an ever changing landscape

the stuff that does it for me while travelling:
the elaborate process [usually men] of ‘prepping up’ for their night zzz. [It’s a train forcryingoutloud, but habits die hard… the sleeping attire must be adorned! all done in the public realm without revealing any innards – quite a feat!]
the morning absolutions!! [gosh! that brushing of them teeth go on and on and on and on!!! its a wonder there are any teethoos left]
and then of course, the ‘bonding’ of co-passengers - a mishmash of indians from all over - stories to tell - homecooked meals - and them harmless inquisitive questions! a great time to make-up them stories of your life!

fantastic journey… a great break from the chaos of life. try it out. its a inyourface and yet very private/personal experience of india as she is.

downside – loo’s must be avoided. don’t drink/eat too much – time for a-la-natural- detox of the system

:brishti
#2 Jan 25th, 2008, 22:01
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Sounds like good fun.

The following photo was taken in New Delhi station last December, it's a single door of an unreserved carriage on the Bihar Sampark Kranti. (all the doors were just as busy).

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...hp?photo=18070
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Tales of these mammoth Indian trips by rail cause me alternate between thinking,

"Have to do it, at least once in a lifetime",

and,

"I'll fly, thanks!".

There's no way I'd ever want to be in the crowd in your pic Steven!
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ok Nick - so you aint getting into Steven's train and you sure aint getting into mine [much rehashed in the trains n fags thread] now which train could this guy take... hmmm........

thinking of doing the konkan railway soon Steven. should be a great journey too... but will not go down to kerela.
will do mangalore - goa and break journey in interesting places for the day.
its not a daily train is it? i usually ask samit these questions!!!

what are the other interesting routes?
thanks in advance

:brishti

and for the record - i like the top berth in the aisle. a bit cramped, but easier to clamber up and down than the 3-berth top berth. during the day - i'm at the door anyways

eta: steven - amazing pic - wah wah - much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post thinking of doing the konkan railway soon Steven. should be a great journey too... but will not go down to kerela.
will do mangalore - goa and break journey in interesting places for the day.
its not a daily train is it? i usually ask samit these questions!!!
Train KR1 (or KR2, can't remember) departs Mangalore daily at about 07:00, it gets to Murudeshwar at about 10:00 (then Madgaon at about 13:00), it has 2S, but the train isn't that busy, you should be OK to just turn up and buy a 2nd class ticket, and board the train. (check the Konkan Railways website for more details)

The following photo was taken in Murudeshwar (scroll down under the photo to read more about the place), I really loved the place.

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...2612/ppuser/40

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