Last year when I had to come to New Delhi for a job interview, I was confused how should I travel. Some friends of mine already were in NCR and one of then suggested me to go via train as its cheap and best. So book tickets from Jalandher to NDLS on Friday and I boarded the train at 9:00 am. I easily got my coach and seat.
Firstly let me tell you, coach was very clean. I remember people told me to wear old clothes as in trains there is not such thing as cleanliness. But I was surprised seeing it. Once it catches its speed it was like very fast and food supply was also good everything was available to buy for eating.
Sweepers comes twice for cleaning. It took 6 hours and 15 minutes to reach New Delhi and that too a surprise as we all know Indian rails never on time. So conclusion is its nice train and even whenever I travel from Jalandhar to NDLS I always tries to book this train.
Train journey from Mumbai to Ambala Cantt was awesome. In a month of December its better to travel in AC coach. If you travel in SL then there will be hawkers and others who will be disturbing throughout the journey. Journey time is around 27 hrs so be prepared for long journey.
We choose this train because in this train there are many AC coaches. So we go from Sawai Madhopur to Chandigarh and then from Chandigarh to Kalka and from Kalka to Shimla in a toy train. Journey was awesome and then we visited Kufri and Lakad.
Paschim Express leaves from Bandra Terminus Mumbai to Amritsar. Part of the train detach from Ambala Cantt towards Kalka. We boarded the train from Andheri to Kalka. From Kalka we took state transport to Shimla it costs us Rs. 390 for two adults and half for a child. We reserved our seats and there was not much disturbance from unreserved passengers and vendors and beggars like in the Chennai Express train. The weather was very hot, and it was uncomfortable inside the train. The toilets were as usual bad and dirty, cannot blame the railways, we the people have not developed a good habit to use the public toilet. Yes the train stopped on all major stations. Foods were available at the stalls. The train has its own pantry selling tea, coffee, soft drink, water,veg and non veg dinner. Food quantity and quality is not up to the standard compared to the money they take. We enjoyed the train trip as it passed from city to city. Overall a very good trip.
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