It may be quite intimidating to think of being trapped on a long-distance Indian Railways train, sometimes for days at a time.The Railway Ministry manages the Indian railways, and they try their utmost to invent new train technologies that make the trip simple for travelers. From using the restrooms along with a few hundred passengers and getting train food parcel, train journeys maybe sometimes harsh. If you can find your way to an Indian train on a crowded platform with luggage in tow and elbow, you will certainly survive. Here is a few suggestions which will help you survive your train journey.
Bargain with the coolies
There are group luggage carriers called “coolies” at each Indian railway station. Because of their bright red shirt uniform, they are easy to spot. If you have to take the help of a coolie, make sure that you first decide on a price. Always remember to negotiate coolie quotes on the price.
The toilets on the Indian railway are not unique to sex. Usually, there is an “Indian style” toilet and a “Western” toilet. Since as many as hundreds of passengers use the restrooms, the restrooms are cleaned regularly.
A battery-operated night lamp
People usually don’t do much on trains apart from eating, talking, and sleeping. And, if you’re a reader, you may face trouble after 9 p.m. keeping the lights on while others are on their way to fixing beds and snoring. So, it’s a good idea to carry a battery-operated portable night lamp. This way, when continuing whatever you were doing, you won’t disturb anybody.
For those who depend on their devices, it is necessary to have a power back-up. Even though there are loading points in trains, you may have to wait a long time before your turn comes to use the powerpoint.
Bring soap or disinfectant
The trains are not super clean in general. It’s best to carry soap and some kind of disinfectant on a long journey on a train in India. Fortunately, on every platform, those are available. So, even if you forget it’s a daunting idea to get bars or paper soaps that work just great.
Be careful what you eat
The Indian railway has its canteen on the trains making and selling food. But as soon as a train stops at a station, there will be a multitude of vendors trying to sell you some snacks offering their food and drinks. You can also carry your home-cooked train food parcel.
Earplugs and eye mask.
But once you brave through that in your head, your peaceful sleep in the rocking train can be ruined by snores and cries. Someone just a few feet away might snooze very loudly, or a kid might burst into tears for reasons that the kid knows only. In such a helpless situation, earplugs will be of great benefit.
Carry a camera
When traveling on the Indian railway, you are expected to cross the countryside with endless green fields and catch a fleeting glimpse of the hinterland of India.So carrying a camera might help you capture them.