Trains in India can be booked up to 120 days in advance. This means buying a ticket in advance is wise. If it is impossible for you to book in advance, there are a few ways of arranging a ticket more last minute. I've listed some of them here.
For the 160th anniversary of India's Railways, I put up a few pictures of trains I took on the lines between Delhi and Agra, and the lines between Delhi and Jaisalmer. The carriages with the bars on open windows are third class. Five rupee masala chai is lovingly represented.
While some people go in for the corporate doesn’t mean anything anyway line on Valentine’s Day it is still a day when other people’s love lives and your own are uncomfortably thrown into the spotlight. So why not ditch it and go and celebrate someone else’s wedding in India?
Every now and then we stay in places that help us out. The people who work there take us in and allow us to really experience the place. It's something I hope will happen more and more in the future.
India. Overwhelming, sense-overloading, colourful, wonderful India. Hits you in the face as soon as you arrive and stays with you forever. This is how I felt before catching the night train to Jaisalmer 3rd class. Remember to book in advance or get a tatkal ticket the morning before.
Eyes wide alive as the first battered taxi you take through the streets of Delhi passes cows in the night. The cold is left behind and mosquitos fly at the windows. The air is thick and the smells are sweet and pungent.
In November 2012 I lost my trumpet. Unable to sell myself to the point where I was making enough money to get by, and drowning in a sea of SEO copywriting, I wanted to do something. Naturally, I fled to India with the last of the money I had.
Joe Roberts has been a travel writer for over twenty years. In this video, he talks to me about what it's like to travel on Indian trains.