The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Today was our last day in the Rajasthan area and we were to catch an overnight train to Delhi. Adrian, Craig, Barb and I spent the afternoon playing a dice game until it was time to depart for the train station. The train station was located in the neighbouring city of Ajmer and so we were transported by Jeep back thru the pass over Snake Mountain, once again dodging vehicles, animals and people as we went. The train station welcoming committee of rats along the tracks was a special surprise. Our train was due to depart at 8:20 p.m., but it did not arrive until 8:45 and we eventually got underway at about 9:00. We boarded the our coach which was an air conditioned sleeper train and were shown to our bunks...a real treat...the whole coach was wide open with no privacy and our area contained eight bunks...three of which were used by Adrian, Barb and myself along with the locals. Craig and Raj were a couple of bunks over in the same coach......we could wave to then from where we were situated. As the train pulled away from the station, everyone started to prepare their beds with sheets and blankets and at 10:30 (more or less)it was lights out(for most people), but not before we were entertained by mice running around on the floor and the cockroaches scurrying about......needless to say Barb did not get any sleep. We arrived in Delhi at 6:30 a.m. and made our way back to the Metro Heights Hotel in the Karol Bagh area where we had the day to rest before our flight to Bejing. We said goodbye to our friends....Adrian was staying on for another tour in India and Craig was on his way to Mumbai before heading elsewhere on his way back to New Zealand later in October. Raj, our tour leader had 20 days off and was heading back to his mother's in Jaipur. What can we say about India...our visit was a real eye opener... from the women who work very hard while some of the men sit around and smoke and drink chai, to the vendors who try all their might to get you to buy something, to the smiling children, happy even without shoes and decent clothes to the magnificent Taj Mahal and temples and all the bright colours.....India was a great experience......

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