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28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:15am On Feb 12
photos of my peregrination to india.

it is extremely hot in May, up to 45 or even 48 degree .i have never been through a day with a temperature lower than 40.

and it is very dirty, people are generally rude with sort of a crime vibe. cities not that noisy as i expect them to be .

i traveled nonstop by train , everyday covering 300-500km, i have snapped more than 3000 photos, enjoy !

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:16am On Feb 12
hong kong metro , en route to the airport.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:19am On Feb 12
hong kong airport , viewing out from the lounge

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:24am On Feb 12
onboard the sri lanka flight , need to transfer in colombo

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:30am On Feb 12
indian visa and entry stamp,from kolkota airport custom

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:33am On Feb 12
extra food requested by me, just too hungry because i missed my lunch in order to catch the flight.

spicey srilanka-style hamburger.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:37am On Feb 12
flight meal, pretty hot. guess all was starchy rice, cured in different shape.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:40am On Feb 12
layover in sri lanka airport, overnight , just decided to get a visa on arrival when i came back , but this time i spent in the lounge , too tired to budge

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:46am On Feb 12
first photo in india, people waiting for shuttle bus outside the airport.

metro connected to the airport was still under construction.

i asked some indian for direction, they just ignored me while some of them pointed out there was no metro and even there was, it was not going to the train station where i decided to start me big journey

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 6:51am On Feb 12
40 rupee, 200 naira, to the railway station, which was at the other side of kolkota , and this bus took me one hour to there . what a bus trip ! it cruised the whole kolkota, i saw lots of things , vibrant scenes.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by Ashawopapa001: 6:52am On Feb 12
I'm traveling with you pictorially
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:01am On Feb 12
roadside vendor selling cucumbers, slathered with some mustard or maybe curry. i prefer the mustard ones.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:11am On Feb 12
crossing the huge steel bridge to the other side of the river. it was said that the bridge was not allowed to be taken a photo of, but this rule was not enforced, at least not on those sitting in a passing-by bus

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:14am On Feb 12
howrah railway station viewed from afar. it was one of the three giant stations in kolkota, a city of 8 million people.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:22am On Feb 12
first day trip, from kolkota to bhubaneswar. 155 rupee , 750 naira , for 440km, so cheap !

it was for the cheapest non-reserved tickets. but i just hopped on the higher class cabins, say, the hard seat, the sleeper, anyway, there were usually many vacant seats in these cabins (because you need to book weeks ago, which was not possible for many travelers, let alone an improvised one, like me), and i just paid for the gap money if i was asked to.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:25am On Feb 12
the sellers on the road outside the train station. food with dubious hygienity.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by okorotalkative: 7:29am On Feb 12
Awon ti igbesa, well done. Watch what you eat out there o.
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 7:30am On Feb 12
interior of the compartment. it was so hell-like. dirty, hot, stuffy, dark, noisy, dangerous, people were hostile, facilities were old and shabby, everything was flaking off and rickety, toilet was stinking and virulent.

yeah, this was why i came to india. just for a real adventure.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 8:20am On Feb 12
snack on the train, very cheap, 20 rupee, 60 naira, but very doughy, and untasteful. called samosa. just never gonna eat them.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by Xavfra(m): 9:00am On Feb 12
igbesachick:
first day trip, from kolkota to bhubaneswar. 155 rupee , 750 naira , for 440km, so cheap !

it was for the cheapest non-reserved tickets. but i just hopped on the higher class cabins, say, the hard seat, the sleeper, anyway, there were usually many vacant seats in these cabins (because you need to book weeks ago, which was not possible for many travelers, let alone an improvised one, like me), and i just paid for the gap money if i was asked to.


In Nigeria dis would be like 8 to 9k

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by tchidi066(f): 9:28am On Feb 12
India...one of the countries i don't wish to visit, enjoy your trip

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by Stephenmoka4(m): 9:43am On Feb 12
Did you stay in a hotel or...
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by Papanwamaikpe: 9:54am On Feb 12
I heard cities like New Delhi and Mumbai are very beautiful
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 9:58am On Feb 12
Stephenmoka4:
Did you stay in a hotel or...

in very low-budget guest house, i will mention this later

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 9:58am On Feb 12
Papanwamaikpe:
I heard cities like New Delhi and Mumbai are very beautiful

i will cover these cities too, but later
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:03am On Feb 12
dusk was coming, but still three hours to my today's destination.

usually i would sit 8 to 12 hours everyday in the train , which ran 60 km/hour . not very slow, but not bullet train. so, i would arrive each town VERY late. once i arrived in a city at 2 o'clock morning.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:06am On Feb 12
food trolley at the platform. but i did not like indian food. so, i seldom bought any. i would buy food after i reached any town and settled myself in a guest house .. they served food to very late.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:11am On Feb 12
power socket in the cabin. but the voltage was 110v, which means my phone would last 1 day instead its usual time 2 days.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by Stephenmoka4(m): 10:14am On Feb 12
igbesachick:


in very low-budget guest house, i will mention this later
I Wonder how the Indians would react around you in such a place
Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:15am On Feb 12
lush crop fields, typical rural scene. very relaxing views.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:26am On Feb 12
Stephenmoka4:
I Wonder how the Indians would react around you in such a place

some welcomed me, even beckoned me to come inside to have a look, some refused me by saying there is no room available.

in southwest india, where racism was most rampant, i chanced to be told ALL rooms already taken by others. 20 hotels/gusthouses in 2 cities refused me. very impressive !

in kochi, i had to reveal my passport and ask the railway policemen to help me to solve the problem. they phoned a hostel and finally put me in.

next day, full of anger, i deliberately went back to EACH hotel which had rejected me , and asked again. surprisingly , they rejected me again, and said all rooms taken. how can that be possible ? at 7am all rooms taken?

i told one owner of the hotels, i said he was lying. he was furious and hard to resist to beat me.


but, some other indians were nice. it is a big country, anything could happen. be open minded.

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Re: 28 Days, 10000 Miles, Railway In India by igbesachick: 10:35am On Feb 12
first day's final destination. a provincial capital city .

arrived very late. maybe 10 pm.

i was afraid to go out of the train station. because in the train, two riffraff acosted me, leered at me, and even asked me where i would sleep that night. i shunned them and sit around some educated-looking guys, who promised to escort me out of the station.

just a false alarm. first day nervousness.

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