Its a 3 day weekend here so am currently on a little trip to the country side. I won’t be writing about my time here since I have already done that on a previous occassion here.
I love travelling on the road…especially when I have a say in the flow of places to stop over…visit…ie move at our own comfortable pace. But when it comes down to travelling on a service provided by others – I hate it !
On such trips, one has to control one’s schedule…one’s intake..maybe even adjust on your standards of hygiene :-/ .
Which is why when long distances are to be covered , you will usually find me on planes rather than the cheaper alternatives of trains & buses.
However there are times when you don’t have much of a choice. To visit my ancestoral place, commutting via bus is the most convenient way as far as time goes (abt 6hrs or so). The thing is – I like travelling on the bus here . Why ?
Its a Sleeper bus ! I think they came out 10 yrs ago in these parts of the world…& they are defintely a boon for travellors who need to spend around 10 hrs or less on the road.
Comfy space for your whole body….spending the whole journey sleeping in the natural position…..compare that to the rigid seating posture which most passengers opt for :-/
I usually cannot sleep on buses….though a sleeper bus defintely gets me a few hours of rest for which I am thankful for. Besides it gives me the ideal activity for times when I am not able to get some shut eye – star gazing
Nothing like viewing the night sky far away from the glamour of the city….the same stars & planets that existed long before you did…& will probably remain long after you are gone too (sigh…)
Its travel time folks ! I am heading to Kolkata this weekend to attend a friend’s wedding.
While the event as also the time spent there are expected to be a blast, we decided to enjoy ourselves even during travel time
I have NEVER been on a long distance train in India…..so travelling for 26 hours via the Durunto Express should be a novel experience !
[Update : The Duronto Express is a well maintained fast train which really goes non stop to its destination ! They have a great catering service also with regular bursts of food supplements.]
Speaking of trains, most of us have a rather bad opinion of train travel in India…..not very clean….very cramped (short distance trains!) etc.
I thought why not look up something on some of the best trains of India instead ? That ought to make most people change their opinions on train travel here ! (yaya…I know I am a very optimistic person )
285$-485$ per person per night depending on the type of occupancy.
Named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site.
It takes enthusiasts across exotic locations in the state of Karnataka, in India.
There are Eleven Passenger Saloons of Four Sleeping Chambers(cabins) each;Two Dining Cars with onboard Kitchen; Bar Lounge Saloon; & facilities of Conference Space,Business Center,Mini Gymnasium,Aryuvedic Spa center.
Delhi-Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Palitana – Somnath – Diu – Ahmedpur – Mandvi – Sasangir National Park – Junagarh – Ahmedabad – Jaipur – Delhi
07 Nights / 08 Days .
September – April
175$-350$(October-March) or 132$-263$(April & September) per person per night depending on the type of occupancy. (not including liquor,laundry ,video camera expenses)
The train covers some of the most exotic and lustrous destinations comprising of serene lakes, ancient temples, beautiful sea resorts and it also provides you an opportunity to closely monitor the rich wildlife of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
A restaurant car is attached with the train to provide you Indian, continental, Chinese as well as Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine.
Additional facilities include a well stocked bar & a library.