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13 Iconic Things You'll Never Forget About Train Journeys In India

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If you haven't travelled in Indian trains, you haven't seen India! HolidayIQ.com Travellers share the most iconic things associated with Indian train journeys.

13 Iconic Things You'll Never Forget About Train Journeys In India:

  1. Goa
  2. Mysore (Karnataka)
  3. Bihar
  4. Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)
  5. New Delhi (Delhi)
  6. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  7. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  8. Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
  9. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  10. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  11. Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
  12. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  13. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)
  14. Pushkar (Rajasthan)

1. Chaining Luggage. A Must, Ain't It?

Chaining Luggage. A Must, Ain't It?
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HolidayIQ Traveller Aniruddha, “Do chain your luggage properly as the train stops at many stations during night time and it is possible that you may lose your stuff if not taken care of.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Rahun Danwade, “Ensure your baggage is not a lot more than 12 inches thick as they will have to go under the seats which have limited room as there are no luggage racks. Bring a small chain and padlock as the seats have facilities to chain your bags to loops under the seats.”

Budget Stay: Lotus Beach Resort

Mid-range Stay: Phoenix Park Inn Resort

Luxury Stay: Alila Diwa Goa

2. You Can’t Adjust For Anything But The Lower Berth & Window Seat

You Can’t Adjust For Anything But The Lower Berth & Window Seat
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Bags packed and tickets confirmed! There's a certain sense of joy when the ordeal of booking tickets is sorted. If you have a lower berth, everyone wants it. None of us want to adjust for anything but the lower berth. HolidayIQ Traveller Saranya Devanathan says, “Though I have booked my lower berth in this train, there is none who could retrieve the seat from the locals. Since I booked for window seat, the Cauvery river branches and the canals were nice to see all the way to Mysore. It was a treat to see the green paddy and sugarcane fields. Nearly 20 different birds I could see. Flocks of cranes and egrets were there in the field. Beautiful sunset was another thing I enjoyed forgetting the late arrival of the train.”

3. Aloo Puri, Anyone? You Never Want To Miss Home-Cooked Food

Aloo Puri, Anyone? You Never Want To Miss Home-Cooked Food
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HolidayIQ Traveller Sravan Paritala says, “Better bring your own food although everything is available.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Sidddhanta Gupta, “The travel was very comforting. Bathrooms were clean. The food was okay. I would recommend you to carry some homemade ones.”

4. The Unparalleled Joy Of Having Tea From A Kulhad

The Unparalleled Joy Of Having Tea From A Kulhad
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HolidayIQ Traveller Mohtasham Hussain says, “After sometime the train reached Ghaziabad junction. I got sown to buy some snacks as there is no catering in the train. I had a "kullad wali" tea and some chips. I must recommend the tea though.”

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5. The Bhajias & Samosa From Vendors At Every Stop - Especially The Pakodas At Delhi Station

The Bhajias & Samosa From Vendors At Every Stop - Especially The Pakodas At Delhi Station
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HolidayIQ Traveller Manjunatha says, “Vendors are there from whom you can buy snacks and food; we bought idly, tea, and even a rice meal. Everything was good. Whenever you plan to make a long journey in train, don't forget to carry water.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Nayak, “Maddur vada is a special dish that you get in the train on your way to Mysore.”

6. Getting Down At Every Station Is A Must

Getting Down At Every Station Is A Must
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HolidayIQ Traveller Mohtasham Hussain says, “After sometime the train reached Ghaziabad junction. I got sown to buy some snacks as there is no catering in the train. I boarded the train again and the train started.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Arnab Chakraborty, “For breakfast, you can get down at NJP Station where the train stops for 15 minutes. There is a nice food plaza where you will get Puri and Sabji for 50 rupees.”

7. How We All Love To Stand At The Footboard!

How We All Love To Stand At The Footboard!
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HolidayIQ Traveller Kartik Rokde says, “The second class sleeper journey is my favourite journey and when you travel to Goa, it becomes heavenly. You see nature at its best. The views are so awesome, that all enthusiastic people stand on the doors. It is like you have to book your place on the door. The mountains, lush green fields, water bodies, rain, clouds and how can I miss the lovely waterfalls, everything is awesome.”

Budget Stay: Lotus Beach Resort

Mid-range Stay: Phoenix Park Inn Resort

Luxury Stay: Alila Diwa Goa

8. You Wait For Your Turn To Smoke In The Toilet

You Wait For Your Turn To Smoke In The Toilet
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HolidayIQ Traveller Suresh says, “It was a pleasant journey. Had good sleep no snoring around me. No disturbances. No smoking inside.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Avinash Jaiswal, “This journey inspired me lot so I would definitely go by this train. T.T was very friendly and his behaviour was good. There were people who were taking gutka and cigarettes but TT restricted as much it could do.”

Budget Stay: Lotus Beach Resort

Mid-range Stay: Phoenix Park Inn Resort

Luxury Stay: Alila Diwa Goa

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9. You Always End Up Bunking Next To Someone Who Snores A Lot!

You Always End Up Bunking Next To Someone Who Snores A Lot!
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HolidayIQ Traveller Kamala says, “My wife and I travelled from Bangalore to Chennai in sleeper class with confirmed tickets. Our immediate neighbours were a very old couple who were disturbing our sleep.”

Budget Stay: Pratap Plaza Hotel

Mid-range Stay: Hanu Reddy Residences

Luxury Stay: ITC Grand Chola

10. You Are Always Prepared For Noisy Neighbours

You Are Always Prepared For Noisy Neighbours
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HolidayIQ Traveller MahesH RB, “I suggest you people not to opt sleeper class unless you are the one who can get adjusted to noisy surroundings, two charger ports per coach, bad odour and poor services! Journey was quite a long and hectic in sleeper.”

11. You Realise Inflated Pillows Are Always Your Best Friend

You Realise Inflated Pillows Are Always Your Best Friend
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HolidayIQ Traveller Shiva Kumar says, “This train travel is a nonstop hassle free travel. The train is too good and fast. We were in two tiers AC which was very comfortable. As usual there were problem in booking the train tatkal tickets but somehow managed to get it. Food was available as well as pillows and blankets were provided.”

Budget Stay: Treebo Rockwell Plaza

Mid-range Stay: The Allure Hotel

Luxury Stay: The Leela Palace

12. What We Do Without Those Paper Soaps! A Must-Carry

What We Do Without Those Paper Soaps! A Must-Carry
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HolidayIQ Traveller Raj Verma says, “The train Journey was good, but not very good, as the train stops in many areas without a station nearby. The train was very late. Though the co-passengers were good, but the hawkers were very much disturbing and the beggars were disturbing too. They made the journey miserable for me. But overall it was good, as when the trains ran, through the middle of the jungles, and green Bengal, it was quite a good feel.”

Budget Stay: Lotus Beach Resort

Mid-range Stay: Phoenix Park Inn Resort

Luxury Stay: Alila Diwa Goa

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13. What Better Than Those Bollywood Magazines To Kill Time?

What Better Than Those Bollywood Magazines To Kill Time?
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"HolidayIQ Traveller Sahil says, "I was travelling from Delhi to Jaisalmer by Aii Jan Shatabd.  I think all trains of India should be like this one. The staff was so cooperative and well-mannered, sleeping facility was also very nice and clean. There was no disturbance from others, we also got magazines and newspapers to read." Says HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam, “Most of the time is spent reading through the news paper (provided by the staff) and I always end up napping too.”

Budget Stay: Priya Hotel

Mid-range Stay: Fort Rajwada

Luxury Stay: Suryagarh

14. Munching On Tons Of Chips & Coldrinks

Munching On Tons Of Chips & Coldrinks
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HolidayIQ Traveller Sandeep Nayak says, “As I am regular visit to Mumbai I would prefer Matsyagandha train. There is a continuous flow of train staff selling water, juice, soft drinks, chips, samosa, tea, coffee etc. Also they provide clean bedding i.e. pillow, 2 bed sheets and a woolen rug. In short its been a comfortable journey.

15. The Tomato Soup, Breadsticks & Butter Are Pure Bliss!

The Tomato Soup, Breadsticks & Butter Are Pure Bliss!
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HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam says, “I have taken the morning Shatabdi (12028) from city station on many occasions. It leaves early in the morning by 6 am and reaches Chennai at 11 am with 2 to 2 minute halts in between. The journey is not tiring at all and I am always fresh at the end of the journey. They serve tea, breakfast and refreshments on the train. The best part is the tomato soup with the bread sticks and butter. Most of the time is spent reading through the news paper (provided by the staff) and I always end up napping too. The train is seldom late. The bathrooms are mostly clean and soap is provided. The seats are quite spacious. You might have a little trouble placing your luggage if you are carrying too many bags.”

Budget Stay: Pratap Plaza Hotel

Mid-range Stay: Hanu Reddy Residences

Luxury Stay: ITC Grand Chola

16. Not To Forget The Boot Polishwallahs

Not To Forget The Boot Polishwallahs
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It is a regular scene in the Indian trains where the shoe polishwallahs try to earn by polishing the passengers shoes.

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17. And The Last Hour Of Restlessness!

And The Last Hour Of Restlessness!
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HolidayIQ Traveller Pradeep Ayyagari says, “The last 1 hour journey in the train, where you are all restless for the station to arrive, but the driver decides to stop in the outskirts just to test your patience.”

18. The Unsightly Sight Of People Bathing On The Tracks

The Unsightly Sight Of People Bathing On The Tracks
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HolidayIQ Traveller Josephine Fernandes says, "A very dirty train. Railway authorities should see that at least minimum water is made available in the toilets for the night journey for those who board the train at Delhi. TC should be there besides the railway protection force. Indian Railways please take note of these. At least change the trains or clean or give the train a face lift."

19. Who Can Forget The Gorgeous Views You Are Treated To

Who Can Forget The Gorgeous Views You Are Treated To
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HolidayIQ Traveller Ajit Mishtra says, "At 12:30 Pm the train leaves Madurai Junction and reach Rameshwaram by 4:00 Pm. As, entire train is passenger and no compartment is under reservation, one need to reach the Station a little early to grab the seat. It goes via scenic Pamban Bridge. A grt scenes on the either side of tracks with group of Peacock in the adjacent fields. A journey to remember."

20. And Lastly, The Man We All Revere - The TC

And Lastly, The Man We All Revere - The TC
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HolidayIQ Traveller Hanuman Kumar says, "Good train, most suitable & comfortable transport from Delhi to Pushkar. We boarded the early morning train which was on time. The journey was very comfortable. We reached on time at Ajmer junction and from the platform, we got all the required information to go to Pushkar. Even the TC in the train guided us to reach Pushkar. Food is good and on time. Journey by Satabdi was always comfortable and the we never felt unpleasant."

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The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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