August 24, 2008 4:19am CST
I am an Indian. India has a large amount of people. So here the railway department has included four boxes with a train extra which are said to be unreserved coaches. the others are reserved. In the unreserved coaches there is no limitation for people. If you buy a ticket to go somewhere today morning, you can use that ticket for the whole day for a travel. So always at that coaches more than a thousand people will travel each time. You even can't get place for standing itself. But I always like that travel because I can see more variety of people here. And they will fight for places to sit and put their luggages. I always travel at the night. But in that unreserved coaches you can't get a single minute to sleep. That will be very funny. If you come tho India enjoy that travel but with a good guide.
• Delhi, India
10 Sep 08
I always prefer travelling in train, only when I have already got the reservation done. Travelling by train is great experience in itself, when there is long journey to complete. In India, cities are miles apart so it sometime takes more than one day to reach the destination. If one travels by Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Bangalore, it takes two nights and a day to complete the journey. As far as passing time is concerned, it depends upon many factors. If you are travelling alone in a long journey, it really becomes difficult to pass your time. If you are travelling with your family, it becomes easier to pass time. Because either your partner or the kids keep you busy, due to one reason or the other. I've travelled many a times in 'Rajdhani Express', but one or two of my friends or my family members were with me to give company. I also make a good rapport with the fellow passengers and love to talk to them to pass my time. It is always interesting to hear experiences and views of your co-passengers. Once, while travelling from New Delhi to Bangalore, I found that my fellow co-passenger was a newly wedded bride (she got married few months ago only). In the beginning, she remained very reserved but slowly she started opening up. She narrated her marriage experiences and stories about her in-laws and showed photographs of her marriage etc., by the time we reached Bangalore she disclosed lot of things about her and unfortunately her husband could not reach at the station to receive her and ultimately I had to escort her to her flat in my vehicle.
24 Aug 08
Welcome to My Lot. I really love traveling and train is my favorite form of transportation. I would love to go to India. It would be possible for me to buy tickets or get a rail pass to travel around India by train. India is a huge country, looking at it on a map I can see it has much track and routes to most areas in India. I would travel from Delhi to Agra and then visit the Taj Mahal. I imagine it would be a long train trip from Delhi to Bombay. Then it would be another long train trip to the area called Kerela. I would love to explore that quiet and peaceful area. I don't think I would like to travel in a cramped and crowded non-reserved carriage. I would much prefer to reserve a seat in a less crowded carriage of the train. I would like to get a sleeping bunk on an overnight train trip in India. I would bring a good travel guide book with me to India.