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Riding a Train in India | 8 Hours on an Indian Train Rajasthan

September 6, 2019


People in India are very friendly. And if you have issues in personal space, this might not be your country. This guy’s a total stranger. We haven’t met. What’s your name? My name’s Alex. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. Welcome to India. Thank you. All right everybody, let us introduce you guys to our fixer and friend here. This is Parve. Parve has a blog, a travel blog. It’s called How I Wander.com. He also has a YouTube channel. We’ll link it in the description, but he is our cultural guy. He’s helping us get through some of the more difficult and tricky aspects of Indian society. But we’re about to board a train, which is quintessential India. I’ve never done it before. Marko is the only one who has. I’ve insisted on..at some point we have to take a train. This is going to be an experience. Let’s go get some food. Let’s get some snacks and let’s board because we’re going Udaipur in a few minutes. So we’re going to be in the chair car. I don’t know what that means. Hopefully, there are chairs. Indian society is definitely structured in hierarchy, and the train reflects that. There’s first class; there’s second class; there’s third class And then there’s unreserved class, which is no seats, just a big car full of people. We’re going in chair class, which is a daytime seat, and it should be an experience. I think this is our wagon right here. All right guys, first the snacks have arrived. We’ve got some chai. All right, we’re off. The train to Udaipur from Jaipur has begun. One of the coolest things about the trains in India is that you can just hang off the side. This is going to be quite the adventure. Are you ready? You ready? Yeah. I have no idea who he is, but he’s friendly. If you know me, you know that I love trains, and India has some of the best trains in the world. I first started using trains when I was working here after college, and I would be working in the sugar fields of Karnataka in the south and I’d go between Mumbai and Karnataka. India’s train system was built by the British during the colonial period. On one hand it was to extract resources, on the other was part of their mission to civilize India by bringing trains, administration, and sanitation, etc. But the way they built it was designed so that the Indians could not use the trains to fight the British. They made them of different railway gages: wide gage, standard gage, narrow gage so that Indians could not move troops around the country to fight the British during an uprising. Every single state has different gages, and to this day they are trying to rip out the old tracks and make it uniform across the country. But there are certain towns that are dedicated to only being railway stations where you change from one gage to the next. Ting, ting chai. Each chai is ten rupees. Three teas is fifty cents. This is the station of Ajmer. It’s near Pushar. It’s super crowded and very busy; lots of colors. Interesting smells. We’re going to be coming back here at the end of this trip to go that Pushkar Camel Festival. You can see that people are already flooding into this town to buy and sell camels at Pushkar, which is not far. Ajmer itself is a Muslim holy place. There’re pilgrims; there’re merchants; there’re travellers; and there’s us, all in the thick of it, and it’s pretty awesome. All aboard! There’s our train. Let’s go. This is fun, bro. Mark has always been talking up the Indian train experience. And not going to lie. Definitely worth it. Super rad. It’s not just… you’d think I have a bias in favor of trains. I do, but it’s generally awesome. Hanging out of the train is definitely my favorite pastime. I have a collection of photos I’ve taken of myself hanging out of trains back in the day. And I love it. But it’s funny because you get this… if you look out the side and train there’s just this steady stream of trash. And that’s because initially tea and food was served on biodegradable things like clay pots. Now it’s in plastic cups, and people still throw it out the side of the train. There’s always trash. We have been on the train for quite a while. I would say probably about five or six hours. We still have two hours left. It’s dinnertime, as you can hear from the crying baby. Always very hungry. We got dinner. I don’t know what it is. It’s like a little veg- cutlet thing with some potato maybe in there and some bread, some buttered bread with some ketchup. Carlos lost it. At least it went into the spot. We’re in Chittorgarh, which is where this huge UNESCO World Heritage port is- one of the biggest ports in Asia. But we were trying to go here but kind of ran out of time. The thing about India is you’ve got to try to do less, less, less because things take time here, and it’s a huge country with a lot of distance.. So maybe next time. But for now, we head to Udaipur. Super cool to see you can sit down, have a picnic in the middle of the train station. They’re eating from these things called tiffins. Tiffins are basically an Indian way of carrying food around. It’s like Tupperware, but you can put a bunch of these metal canisters on top of one another and carry them as a unit. These guys just sat down and started having dinner. It’s pretty chill. A little bit of newspaper, some food, good company, and you’re set. Okay dinner break is over. Back onto the train. Goodbye. Alright ladies and gentlemen… 8 hours later. We have arrived to Udaipur, and we have a lot more adventures coming at you guys soon. This has been an adventure in itself. Traveling in India is an adventure. Amen. Tomorrow we’re going to be going through Udaipur, which is known as the Venice of India, and you’ll see why. So stay tuned. If you like this video give a thumbs- up, share with your travel buddies, and subscribe to Vagabrothers And turn on notifications, if you have not already. And in the meantime remember stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys and girls on the road. Peace.

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