2. A 30 – Day Train Ride: A Train Buff’s Russian Trans-Siberian Adventure

2. 30 – Day Train Ride

  In late 2007, I had this bug to get on long distance trains in India and sleep on these trains as many nights as possible. By this time I am married to Denise in 2006, and I held a part-time job as a volunteer coordinator with a non-profit organization in Las Vegas. Yes, Denise and I moved, to Las Vegas in 2001, from San Diego area. I told my wife Denise, that I long to travel on long distance trains in India, and not stay on many hotels. She agreed and with her blessings, I quit my part-time job in early 2008, and bought a 30 day Indrail Pass on AC2 (Air condition) trains.

  On this journey, my sleeping berth and seat reservations were made by an agency in London for free, because I purchased the Indrail Pass from them. This time I traveled on 19 express trains, and slept 24 nights on various trains. I traveled on the longest distance and lengthy time on Himsagar Express for 72 hours (3 nights and 4 days), from Kanyakumari in deep South India to Jammu Tawi in Kashmir North India. Another train journey which was 3 nights and 4 days, and took 72 hours with few hours delay was Guwahathi Express, Ohka in Western Gujarat to far Eastern city Guwahati in the state of Assam. All the other trains were mostly one night journey.

Just a reminder, India is one-third the size of USA. So short one night train journeys are the majority. This trip in 2008 I traveled on four Rajdhani Express trains, and they provide meals on their trains, of course its included in the ticket price. Rajdhani’s have fewer stops and run faster, and have “right of way” when delays occur. I enjoyed the 5 week trip to India, and thought I got fulfillment and content with long distance trains.