Archive for All Around India by Train

GCIRC Day 16: The Finale.

GCIRC Day 16: The Finale.

I had held off on making the decision to get off in Goa, rather than eight hours later in Panvel, until the last possible moment. I am a stubborn guy, and seeing this through to the end was something I wanted to do, out of…

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GCIRC Day 15: Kanniyakumari – Headed to the beach

GCIRC Day 15: Kanniyakumari – Headed to the beach

We woke up at 4AM. To my surprise, I was not at all hung over, and managed the waking up better than many, by the looks of it. We were there for a morning sunrise pilgrimage, something completely lost on me as we loaded into…

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CGIRC Day 14: Rameswaram, elephants in Hindu temples and getting drunk

CGIRC Day 14: Rameswaram, elephants in Hindu temples and getting drunk

Writing this on the Bangalore Express (Started it there, anyhow). Thing in Chennai worth noting: We picked up two extras to the group in Chennai, and I feel bad not mentioning them before. JP is a retired Canadian now living in India permanently, who is…

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GCIRC Day 13: Chennai is barely worth mentioning?

GCIRC Day 13: Chennai is barely worth mentioning?

The title of this is misleading. The fourth largest city in India is certainly worthwhile, but with only a few hours there in between trains, I didn’t get a remotely good look at the place, which was a shame. The reason I know Chennai was…

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GCIRC Day 12: Kolkata, and the art of passive travel

GCIRC Day 12: Kolkata, and the art of passive travel

Writing this on the Coromandal Express, a 26 hour ride from Howrah to Chennai. We had about six hours to kill in Kolkata aka Calcutta to most westerners. I had decided straight away that I was going to be the completely passive traveler today, as…

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GCIRC Days 9-11: Darjeeling – Welcome to Gorkhaland

GCIRC Days 9-11: Darjeeling – Welcome to Gorkhaland

We have reached the half way point of our little jaunt around India, and with two days in Darjeeling, everyone is meant to rest up and recharge their batteries. Whether or not that worked out as planned, you would have to ask the others, but…

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Gcirc Day 8: I hate Assam. I love Assam.

Gcirc Day 8: I hate Assam. I love Assam.

Writing this on the Rajdhani Express again, this time on my way out of Assam, headed towards Darjeeling where we will spend two nights. Let’s get the “I hate Assam” part taken care of first, as it’s shorter. Haven’t heard from me in awhile? Blame…

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GCIRC Day 7 – I love this train

GCIRC Day 7 – I love this train

Writing this on the New Delhi – Dibrugarh Rajdhani, or The Rajdhani Express- my favorite train of the trip so far. As soon as the train pulled out of the station, we were immediately given lunch. Just given, not sold. Veg or non-veg? Then again…

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GCIRC Day 6 – New Delhi: not so scary after all

GCIRC Day 6 – New Delhi: not so scary after all

Writing this on the New Delhi – Dibrugarh Rajdhani, a nearly 40 hour train ride that should take us nearly to Myanmar/Burma. Gear check: I decided my three shirts were getting too funky, and had decided to ditch two of them and pick up two…

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GCIRC Day 5 – Udhampur: computing, party crashing, getting thrown off a train, etc

GCIRC Day 5 – Udhampur: computing, party crashing, getting thrown off a train, etc

Writing this on the Uttar Sampark Kranti. UHP – New Delhi. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Every day is an event, I just never know which act is up next. The Morning After (being horribly ill) I woke up in Jammu Tawi, operating at about 80%…

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