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The Inspiring Story Of A Man Who Quit His Job To Travel In 25 Trains In 25 Days

Sachin Bhandary- HolidayIQ Traveller Sachin Bhandary
HolidayIQ Traveller Sachin Bhandary, a 32 year-old PR professional from Mumbai, shares his experience of travelling in 25 trains across India in 25 days. Read on.

The Inspiring Story Of A Man Who Quit His Job To Travel In 25 Trains In 25 Days:

  1. Udupi (Karnataka)
  2. Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
  3. Katra (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  5. Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  6. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

1. He Travelled In 25 Trains In 25 Days


“I always had the passion to travel. My mom used to work for the Indian Railways and I have fond memories of travelling by trains and always wanted to understand the railway network,” says 32 year-old Sachin Bhandary, a PR professional from Mumbai. For Bhandary, this project was about romancing the Great Indian Railways - experiencing its gorgeous routes, the people, the food and of course, the destinations. “There was a point in my life when I was doing well at work, but felt the need to do something more. I realised that I just had to do what I’ve always dreamt of - travelling across India by trains. And so on February 7, I set out to explore India in 25 Trains in 25 Days."

2. I Wanted To Travel To All Four Corners In India


Sachin wanted to visit all corners of India through the Indian Railway network and so he did! He travelled to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India, headed towards Ledo in Assam. Thereon, he boarded a train to Baramulla in the north and he ended his journey with a visit to the last station in West India - Okha. 

3. He Travelled Only By Sleeper Class


"I was sure that this journey was going to be interesting. With the help of a friend, I set my itinerary and the rest is history!” he says. Bhandary’s first stop was Udupi and thereon, he went on to explore Kochi by Netravati Express and headed towards Kanyakumari - the last railway station in South India.  He adds further. “One of the most interesting journeys was aboard the Vivek Express, the longest train India that takes 76 hours to reach Dibrugarh from Kanyakumari. I have mostly travelled by second class, except the Delhi-Katra Shri Shakti Express, which was air-conditioned.” Some of his other memorable journeys have been travelling to New Jalpaiguri via the Brahmaputra Express and the toy train ride in Darjeeling. 

4. Contrary To Popular Perception, Some Trains Truly Serve Yummy Food!


Reminiscing on his journey, Bhandary says, “I do believe that food in the Indian Railways needs to be improved, but there are some trains that serve excellent dishes. I travelled by Mandovi Express - which runs between Mumbai and Goa - and serves delicious sheera, upma, tomato soup, chicken fried rice, chicken manchurian and biryani. They were surprisingly lip-smacking.” He adds, "Do remember to visit the food plaza at the New Jalpaiguri Station anytime you're there. It serves delicious biriyani.”

5. Travelling My Trains Reinstated His Faith In Humanity


The journey by Vivek Express from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is a long one - around 76 hours. “I realised I had lost my my wallet and cameras when I reached Dibrugarh and felt this is the end. I was at the station without any cash in hand! But a kind co-traveller came forward and lent me 500 rupees,” says Bhandary. With this money, he managed to get off the railway station, file an FIR at the local police station, reached the bank, and managed to get through a friend who came and picked him up from the railway station.  “Kindness exists everywhere, especially where it is least expected," smiles Bhandary. He has another interesting story to share while travelling from Delhi to Katra, towards Baramulla - the last station in the North. “The journey in the Banihal-Baramulla was nerve-wrecking. There were practically no tourists,” says Bhandary. "I had to spend a night in Srinagar and didn’t have any place to stay. I bumped into a cop, who offered his place to say. Initially, I hesitated. But, we soon discovered our common interest in movies and music. We ended up being great friends. He cooked some delicious mutton and dal for me. Had it not been for him, I would have frozen to death,” remembers Bhandary.

6. No Other Mode Of Transport Can Offer The Same Spectacular Sights


“Sitting on the footboard, watching the beautiful sights pass by is such an exhilarating experience. I have been fortunate enough to see it all in these 25 days - mountains, rivers, sunsets and foggy sunrises, as the train crossed urban jungles and the pristine countryside across India,” says Bhandary. Another interesting train is the The Kalka-Shimla Motor Rail. It is a 2 ft 6 inches narrow gauge railway, running along the beautiful mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla.”

7. Travelling Helps You Rediscover Yourself


"Travelling is a fantastic learning opportunity. I discovered that challenges are not a hindrance but an opportunity of growth and they help you rediscover yourself."

Megha Goel

Follow HolidayIQ Traveller Sachin Bhandary @theoddtraveller

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