Forgotten Stretch of India

Trip Start Dec 18, 2013
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Trip End Jan 03, 2014


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Hotel Muhrudhur Heritage

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, December 30, 2013

Belly not in Delhi 
Another long journey ahead today began with the 10am train to Bikaner. Considered a least popular route on this side of Rajasthan, the only option for train seat is the basic second class carriage with stiff upright bum throne, for only 95 Rs. This supposedly 5.5 hours journey unfortunately rolled into a 7 hours bum wreck. And hey hey my belly was no longer in delhi anymore!

Forgotten Stretch of India
Only 30 mins into the ride, the train halted for 1 hour at a crossing, waiting for 2 oncoming trains to pass. The locals explained that only 1 rail track was built from this leg on to Bikaner. No food was available on board, not even a single food or chai wala on this forgotten stretch of India. Every station we stopped at was deserted. Just dusty scenes of tumbleweeds rolling in the sands and the occasional military personnels. They must be stationed there as a punishment.
 
In a rare occurrence, I spotted a food kiosk crowded with locals. Knowing I had the 5 odd mins before the train pulls off, I instantly ran out to the kiosk only to find an empty container with fried crumbs in it. My only comfort was a 30 Rs packet of orange chocolate biscuits. Luckily I always have a bottle of water in my bag. Probably the most boring segment of this Rajasthani adventure. 
 
Stress Level Really High
Finally arrived at Larlgarh train station, some 8 km away from Bikaner proper and had to rickshaw my way into town. Checked in at Hotel Muhrudhur Heritage and was looking forward to a hot shower. That didn't happen as the hot water simply dribbled from the shower and after 5 mins, cold water greeted my shampooed hair. Pissed level really high. So I was hungry, tired and now cold. 
 
The only way to fix this is to find myself a hot non-veg dinner! Which I eventually managed to find after checking out countless restaurants. This town is 99% vegetarian!!! A dodgy looking basement bar/restaurant with more casually dressed "waiters" than customers, was my saviour. The place was lit like a nightclub and when my chicken biryani was served (which by the way, was heart clogging delicious), I couldn't even see my food properly. 
 
At Bikaner train station, arranging tomorrow's overnight sleeper train ticket to Delhi, I was asked politely at the counter "Do you want AC or non AC?" Almost instantly the memory of my disastrous train ride today replayed in its entirety. 

"Yes, AC please!!" Almost in a begging tone. 
Then came a reply with head bobble which made me want to facepalm his forehead "Sorry no AC this train!" 
Then why the hell you even ask me in the first place!! 
Alright, long day on the train, no lunch, cold shower, stress level really high...must stay calm...
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