Ranthambhore National Park Travel Blog› entry 8 of 41 › view all entries
June 29th, 2008 – by: semiperipatetic
Now 'getting a train' in India is an experience that has to be lived to be fully appreciated. To sum up, we spent 2.5 hours on a platform that reminded, smelt like (and was used as) a toilet, waiting for a train that was 2 hours late. When the train finally arrived, people were spotting empty seats and then running down the platform chasing the train in order to be first on it when it stops. As soon as the train came to a hault, the battle begun. After a lot of pushing, pulling, yelling and jumping through windows, everyone boarded the train and, in some miraculous way, we managed to get a seat too (by seat I mean a board, since there were no cushions on the seats) That said, the scenery was beautiful and , due to the lack of glass on the windows, there was a cool breeze thoughout the journey. Above that, it only costs 1 pound for a 200km journey. So overall, still beats british trains when it comes to value for money.
Once in Ranthambore, we did a tiger safari, but didnt spot any tigers #$$@@^&*. We saw beautiful deer though, antilopes, crocodiles and lots and lots of monkeys. Great experience altogether.
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