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Close Shaves & Photos From an Indian Rail Journey

by Globetrooper Todd | 10 Responses
Indian Rail Journey

After travelling through 6 continents, on a range of budgets, in a range of styles, there’s nothing more thrilling, culturally immersive, and enjoyable, than a shave at a local barber.

I had a shave in Ledo today, the Easternmost railway stop in India. A couple of the other guys had shaves in Udhampur too. From having my shave, to hanging out the door of a local train to, today was one of those days I really enjoyed. So rather than spoil the fun by retelling it in detail, I’ve put together some of our favourite photos from the Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge.

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Posted in GCIRC 2011, India | February 27th, 2011

HOW TO: Choose the Best Berth on an Indian Train

Best Berth on an Indian Train

Remember I said, ‘the longer the train trip the better’? Well, we really tested that theory by completing a 39 hour train trip from New Delhi to Dibrigah. We caught this train to reach the Easternmost railway station in India, called Ledo, where we planned … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 6 & 7

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

After the near death of the GCIRC, we rested up in our new train berths onwards to New Delhi. Arriving in the early morning, Delhi was everything I expected India to be and more. There’s rubbish, poverty, and chaos everywhere, but once you look past … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 5

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

PSSSHHHHHHH!!!! Air screams from the train’s undercarriage as ‘someone’ (names redacted to protect the not-so-innocent) pulls the emergency brake lever. People all over the platform run to the source of the sound; they shout foreign words like gunfire while the conductor chases after them with … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 4

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

Bzzzzzz! Up I was at 4am. Okay, there was no alarm, but my internal body clock buzzed after I fell asleep at 7pm the night before. These trains really don’t help with jetlag, but the plus side is that I woke up nice and early … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 3

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

Ahhhh… Sitting back, taking in the scenery, chatting with my fellow trainophiles, getting some much needed sleep, eating some great Indian food, and hanging out the train door at 50 miles per hour… life is good. It’s the little things that tend to provide the … Continue reading →

Safety, Smells and Stares of India

Safety, Smells and Stares of India

Everyone warns you to be cautious. To always have an eye on your things. To be aware of your surroundings. And to be especially wary of men (if you’re a woman). But really, after a few days in Mumbai, I feel it’s not so different … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 2

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

I knew the Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge would be adventurous since it covers such a vast distance in such a short period of time. But I also expected us to waste away on a multitude of 10 hour+ and 20 hour+ train trips. You … Continue reading →

The Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge – Day 1

Great Circular Indian Railway Challenge

The raucous story-telling and laughter mysteriously descended into an awkward silence. We all looked away between scattered beer bottles, smirking with slight embarrassment, the way people do when they’re stuck for conversation. This time was different though; it wasn’t a lack of words or inability … Continue reading →

Cooking Up Something Special at Globetrooper HQ

New Project at Globetrooper

You may be wondering why we’ve slowed down a little at Globetrooper HQ with regard to blog posts and social media. The cold weather in North America could easily have pushed us into hibernation, but alas, we’ve actually been working tirelessly on a new project.

HOW TO: Sign Up for Mobile Internet Access in India

Sign Up for Mobile Internet Access in India

I spent half of yesterday signing up for mobile (GSM) Internet access in Mumbai. If you know the process, it’s pretty quick and easy, but it can take a long time if you’re not prepared. It also helps to remember that technology moves very quickly … Continue reading →

One Stop Acommodation Shop at HotelCalculator

HotelCalculator

With so many booking engines on the internet, it’s hard to know if you’re getting the best deal. And then when you think you’ve found the best deal, a quick check of some other websites and your heart sinks. Or you come across some bad … Continue reading →

The All-Seasons Carry-On Packing List

Pack a Carry-On Bag For All-Seasons

With horizontal snow racing past outside, I’m mentally waving goodbye to Toronto for who knows how long. There’s an unusual amount of leg room so I’m reminding my knees to savor these lush moments of space on the Maple Leaf train heading to New York City. … Continue reading →