Train Journey Numero 1

Trip Start Jan 23, 2012
Trip End Jun 09, 2012

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 5 - Mumbai to Jodhpur
Today was our first long distance train.  We needed to catch the train from Bandra terminus.  We successfully got the suburban train to Bandra and then searched for our train, we asked for the platform and was told to leave by the other exit.  After walking and search for long time in the heat with our bags and a stressed Neill we asked another 'here to help' desk and luckily there was someone walking past who was also going on our train.  This person was Navin Patel and he was really helpful, first in going in an auto as 5 minute ride away which he then paid for and then he showed us directly to our seats.  He also left us his mobile numbers incase we need any help while in Rajasthan, top bloke! 

The train really surprised us (we were in 2nd class with AC) as was very clean and spacious.  As the train was from 1.30pm - 6.30am the next morning, we were also provided with sheets, rug and pillow, there were the traditional Indian squat toilets at one end of the carriage and western toilets at the other end.  We had both booked upper berths (2nd class is a berth of 4 beds) and a family of three had the lower berths.  The family was very sweet, although Neill courteously gave up the window view for them to sleep during the day on the lower berth.  There were also tons of sellers so never went hungry or thirsty.  They were also selling rubix cubes!!

When Navin reached his stop he came to say goodbye and gave us gifts of an India flag badge, photo of himself and a bag - v.sweet.

Day 6 - Jodhpur
We slept intermittedly on the train (due to the movement) but good enough and arrived to Jodhpur on time!  (So far on this trip have not experienced Indian time at all).  When arrived was unsure what to do as was very early and actually very quiet with all shops closed (as was Sunday).  We thought too early to check into the Heaven Guest House we had booked, so we walked around for a hour or so in the general direction of the hotel while also being slightly harrassed by autos.  At around 8am we gave up and got auto to hotel, who announced our arrival by very loud beeps!  We were v.embarrassed, but the lady owner was very lovely and took us to our room and showed us the roof terrace with view of the Mehrangarh fort.  

After a quick kip we wandered the street.  Although slightly more hassle than Mumbai especially around clock tower (tourist area) we have found Jodhpur to be a lot more relaxed than Mumbai.  We found a lovely omlette shop owner who serves the bests omlettes ever, particularly the masala cheese omlette, and who opened his shop when he was just 11 years old.  He is the first shop owner we have meet who does not pressure you to buy more but is happy to chat, and hence he is able to talk in 8 languages to all tourists who visit!  Spent the rest of the day wandering the streets and looking at the shop fronts, although did get the hard fabric and spice sell a couple of times!  Also Sophie had her first lassi, the Makkhaniya lassi, which is common to this area, but Sophie finds it a bit too thick and sickly as it is a yoghurt based drink.

Spent the evening in our Guest House having the best meal so far of palak (spinach) paneer, rice, naan and rajasthani curry
on the roof terrace.  With a shared
Kingfisher to finish a lovely day while watching Dance India Dance on our flat
screen tv.
Slideshow Report as Spam


Mum A on

Good to see you're eating well!!:-)

Joe on

Palak paneer, one of my all time favourites!!
I will ask Dee's mum to cook some tomorrow!!

chipstix on

It is immense! It's the first thing I look for on the menu everywhere we go! Neill

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