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What do you like about travelling by train in India?

  • FidiTrip

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    What do you like about travelling by train in India?

    #1 Posted: 17/5/2013 - 02:24

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  • ktkates87

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    My husband and I spent 2 months in India about two years ago. We had so many incredible experiences on the train.....i loved waking up to misty mornings with the chai wallahs bursting through your train carriage yelling out "chhhhaaaaai" in that really weird tone. I also loved being taken in by all the families who just automatically put a plate in your lap and started dishing out food to you.....even if it was only a short train ride. I loved listening to some of the women tell me about their weddings or staying up til 2 am with some of the random people we'd just met just talking about anything and everything. I loved the view out the window and most of all (even though sometimes I wanted to pull my hair out) I loved the total chaos in the stations and seeing all the people coming and going. Gahhhhh I want to go back!!!

    #2 Posted: 12/8/2013 - 06:33

  • JamesGreen

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    I am agree with ktkates87but there is some things to remember are:Travelling by train in India issafe but make sure you travel by AC class and avoid Non AC travelling and justmake sure you have an eye on your luggage and have it locked under yourSeats/Berths allocated to you.

    #3 Posted: 28/8/2013 - 23:33

  • ktkates87

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    I stayed mostly in non AC sleeper and survived, but it probably helped that I wasn't travelling alone and that I had my husband accompanying me on the trip. We had a chain and locks to secure our bags beneath the births, but I think it would have been a bit harder to keep an eye on my things if I'd been on my own. I took a lot of 3AC sleepers (the next grade up) and it was a lot more comfortable, but the AC sleepers were a lot more sterile. I felt like once you got into the higher classes, people just wanted to keep to themselves which made for a great sleep but it was maybe a bit less interesting. I missed the views from SL class, and stuff like the chai wallahs and meeting people. I didn't miss the hijiras (who could get quite in your face about giving money) and the toilets were much better in 3AC as well. Food poisoning in the non-AC sleeping class was an absolute nightmare.

    I generally felt safe travelling by train, and it's probably a good (more comfortable idea) to travel in AC sleeper class but I'd still recommend maybe one (shorter) journey in the other class to check it out if feeling a bit adventurous.

    #4 Posted: 29/8/2013 - 04:40

  • abhinav001

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    Yes FidiTrip, I love to India and I like to travel by train only on that case whenever , i am only single.....

    #5 Posted: 6/9/2013 - 06:00

  • arthatravels

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    Spend time looking out the windows or carriage door. The ever changing landscape provides a rare and hassle free view everyday life in India.

    #6 Posted: 26/9/2013 - 07:09

  • matthardy

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    You should try out the toy trains in Ooty in Tamil nadu. It is a totally different experience

    #7 Posted: 17/10/2013 - 21:45

  • cybermutiny

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    The trains in India are amazing because they have a rugged, old, powerful feel to them. They are certainly not modern in any sense of the word, but they've got character. An older expat gentleman told me that when India gained its independence, it continued manufacturing the train cars that the British had been making. He said they have only made a few modifications over the years, so the Indian train cars you ride in today are much the same as you would have ridden in during the 1940s. I don't know if that is true or not, but judging by the looks of the train cars I would have to say it seems right to me. Everything inside of them functions manually (there is nothing digital or automated).

    #8 Posted: 10/12/2013 - 08:41

  • Nikpandit

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    www.seat61.com has a comprehensive section on travelling in India by train

    #9 Posted: 10/12/2013 - 11:11

  • charu0802

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    There is so much to enjoy in a train journey. The cranky sound of "chai", experience of getting down at the stations to get famous snacks of the place, or whether it is just playing cards with friends in the train everything is amazing. The entire experience of travelling by train is super fun. I really enjoy travelling by train. :)

    #10 Posted: 6/1/2014 - 07:32

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  • old_india_h-
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    ... booking the Indian train (60 day advance is recommended):

    start point - read here >> http://www.seat61.com/India.htm

    for timetables use >>
    http://www.90di.com/travel/index.html#form_based_train_search_home_page
    or
    http://erail.in/

    for booking >> https://www.irctc.co.in/
    or
    http://www.cleartrip.com/trains

    ... and 'what is Tatkal' or to 'find the FTQ' (if any) and for the finer insights go here >> http://www.indianrail.gov.in/

    also, http://enquiry.indianrail.gov.in/ntes/ for real-time current position (late running or not)

    #11 Posted: 8/1/2014 - 00:20

  • esseestperc-
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    There is nothing like traveling on Indian Railways.

    #12 Posted: 8/3/2014 - 11:01

  • tiffany01

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    If you are going to travel in train than first of all you must make sure that you are secure. Becasue in train various type of crime occur. So Always travel in First class or AC comportment.

    #13 Posted: 4/4/2014 - 02:33

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