Our next stop on our tour of India saw us travel 228km west to the very picturesque pink city, Jaipur.
To get there though we had to endure our first Indian sleeper train, but to be fair it wasn’t as bad as the reputation that proceeds it. Train travel in India is one of the most fascinating ways to travel from place to place, it’s a chance to not only mingle with the locals but a chance to see the country’s immense variety.
It’s the third largest employer in the world and moves over 25 million passengers every day, India is the owner of the longest railway platform in the world.
After I had recovered from my first encounter with the loo (and I’m honestly not being dramatic when I advise: never go in there…ever unless you want to start choking and have your eyes burn from the sheer smell that hits you) I managed to fall asleep on my top bunk bed, which I can only liken to one of those mats you used for P.E. at school. Which, actually, mixed with early starts and the rocking sensation made for a comfortable nap.
The noise of the train as it rattled on the tracks at high speed, mixed with people yelling ‘chai’ every 20 minutes. The intermittent smell of spices and the toilet, the feeling of the Indian sun slowly making the air in the carriage thick and sticky. Makes getting on an Indian train an utterly culturally immersive experience, and one you won’t want to miss.
Hello, I’m Samantha. A twenty-two-year-old fashion communication and promotion graduate. An avid shopper, lover of interiors and good coffee addict.