After spending a couple of days in Delhi getting acclimatised and planning ahead, it was time to start my train travels around India! This blog post is a brief update about my first train journey in India leaving from Delhi and heading to Calcutta.
Train travel in India
I checked out of the hotel at lunchtime, and caught a rickshaw into New Delhi train station, where I sorted everything out. My train to Calcutta wasn't due to leave until 17.00, so I went into the station restaurant for a bite to eat. Eating and drinking just isn't the same if it's not off a dirty, chipped and greasy plate with a filthy cup! After my stomach problem inviting meal, I checked on the train time again, to find that it had been delayed until 22.40. Bugger! Just like being in England! Still, it gave me plenty of time to observe railway life.
Life on the Indian railways
The day's observation – It seems to be fashionable for the locals to put camouflage covers on their suitcases!
Got talking to a Canadian, German and Estonian who were also stranded, but got on the train at last. I shared the compartment with a Korean guy who could speak little English, but that was ok, as I could only speak a little Korean (pretty limited to Tae-Kwon-Do fighting stance phrases which were of little use!). I made the bed up, and at 22.40 exactly, the train got going.
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