Mumbai to Navsari, meet the family
Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
30Trip End Sep 06, 2010
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After that we decided to save some money and head back to the hotel to collect our bags. We hired a rickshaw to take us to the train station and it seemed fairly uneventful although maybe I'm just falling too easily into this way of life. We got to the train station with about 40 minutes to spare which was intentional but boy did we need it. The local trains were absolute bedlam, people were hangng out of the doors as it pulled to the stand, jumping off well before it came to a halt but even worse, people were jumping on before people had got off, the train would grind to a slow halt and rest for about 10 seconds before slowly pulling away again. The whole process took about 2 minutes which was plenty of time. We found the correct platform fairly easily but we spent the next 30 minutes watching all the trains as they came in to try and work out what to do and which carriage was first class. When the train puled in though we just panicked and jumped on the first carriage and walked all the way down the train till we found 1st class AC seater. We needent have bothered as this train actually came to a halt for a good 2 minutes, I suppose because it is the long distance Raani (Queen) Express. We will shortly have completed the 220 KM ad have to get all our luggage off in one piece, luckily the lady next to Kal is getting off inNavsari also so hopefully she'l give us a bit of warning. Oh, we got a meal on here for 20p although that was just fo one person without drinks - hopefully we'll have a meal with Kal's folks when we meet up with them.