Invidious

News Feed of Comments

Invidious
Invidious I reside in India so I thought I'd give a few pointers. First hand experience is trains is completely dependent on the train. It stretches from the "Garib Rath" - literally "Poor Man's Chariot" trains to "Palace on Wheels". The former can take you from one end of the country to the other in about US$25 while the later is upward of $500 per day. I would suggest that you folk stick to trains like the Shatabdi or Rajdhani which are clean, comfortable and will provide you with decent food and packaged drinking water. They are also very reasonable by Western standards. Have a good trip.
Todd
Todd Many thanks for the pointers Invidious. You can also see a very long discussion about this trip here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-railways-f10/the-great-circular-indian-railway-challenge-t93181/ Would you consider joining us?
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Thanks Invidious, do you have any recommendations for female travellers?
4 years ago
Mark_Lester

Mark_Lester We are almost totally on shatabdi/rajdhani, you can do about 2/3 of the trip in 1AC, not withstanding the tourist quotas. 2AC is the most likely class of travel. But even in AC, 1 or 2, it is highly likely/certain that at least once you are going to ask "why did I agree to do this when the guy told me it was a stupid thing to do". 2 solid weeks on any trains anywhere is tough.
We are investigating the idea of getting a couple of what are called "passenger" trains, which are basically non reserve-able local trains, as part of the assam trip which would allow us to see that section north of the Brahmaputra, I am still waiting to meet a single tourist who's done that bit.

4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester To clarify on the class of travel available, There are only 2 trains that we dont have AC class, the arunachal express in assam and another night train in the south from rameswaram to the cape. Of the rest, over 2/3 is actually rajdhani class, and the rest is effectively shatabdi. But you are a better man than I if you can live off train food for 2 weeks. Sometimes it wl be OK, sometimes it wont. The feeding, and washing, will be critical to avoid a mutiny after a few days.
4 years ago
Invidious
Invidious @ Todd - No - I tend to avoid Rail travel in India as much as possible - I am not plunging into it head on :) @ Lauren - If you are in a group you should be fine - I would recommend modest attire and getting used to stares. Some kids might even come and ask you to pose for a picture with them. Most of it is all harmless - but can take some time to get used to. @ Mark - All I meant was that the trains have caterers providing food of a uniform standard - while the food at restaurants on platforms in Bombay or Delhi might be excellent - you hardly want to get sick eating food at a platform in Assam. Just a thought. Cheers.
4 years ago
Mark_Lester
Mark_Lester many thanks for your thoughts invidious. on the stares and photo front, I recommend combining the two. If a guy is staring at you (it's never quite as bad from a woman ;) ) then just whip out the photo apparatus and start shooting. works every time.
4 years ago
1 to 1 of 1 Post
Invidious

Vital Stats

Name Invidious
Home Country China
Contact Trooper Send Message

Travel Trivia

Which country has a coastline more than 4 times longer than any other country on Earth?

Trivia: Which country has a coastline more than 4 times longer than any other country on Earth?

  •  
  •  
  •  

Profile Menu

Countries

Countries I've Visited

... to be completed

Activities

Activities I Prefer

... to be completed