Our Indian neighbour in Munich laughed loudly, when he heard we are going to India.
You are arriving during Holi? No…no…don’t tell me it’s Holi your first day in India!
We all to soon found out what he meant and took rescue in a train trip north to the calm soothing foot hills of the Himalayas.
You prefer to not only look at people wiggling with their head and telling you: “impossible” when trying to board a train? – Organize yourself a confirmed ticket beforehand! It’s easy…
To understand the Indian Train Reservation System (not one, not two, not three but 10 Classes, Confirmed Tickets, Ticket Reservation Application, Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC), Waiting List (WL), reservations and ticket sales open at different times, dates and hours, purchase and reservation beforehand is “impossible” and many more things to enjoy from…) best go to cleartrip.com and let them do the job…we found the page thanks to the hint of an unnerved fellow traveller from Japan… oh, one you DO hold in your hands the long desired confirmed ticket, be aware that your train might be cancelled and nobody will tell you. When you arrive at the train station, as we did, and there simply is no train, cleartrip can also launch the ticket-refund application with the Indian Railways for you…
Read on and come to our Indian journey in my next India post.
Other posts from our India Travel Diary are:
I use Trains when travelling in India
Happy Holi – Spring in India
Running from Holi we took Rescue in Haridwar
Half Indian Doors and Memories in little red Note Books
Guwahati, Assam, North-East India.
Assamese Cuisine, German Spätzle And What’s Slime Got To Do With It
Tea Gardens And Kaziranga
Lovely People and Empty Ministries: Kohima
Twice a Day a Bus at the End of the Known World: Khonoma
Last Stop Paradise: Meghalaya, India
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