About Me (2)
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New York (3)
People I've Met (6)
Preparations and Inspiration (3)
Lurking Around on Travel Sites
In My Own Bed
Pray For It
Seattle and Interesting Uses of Pyrex
Heading to Seattle
Weekend Out of Hippyville
The $330 Trip to the Oregon Country Fair
July 4th, 2004
More Books I've Read
Why Are These People Talking to Me?
There And Back Again
I Wanted To End It All
Summing Up the Gobi
September 20, 2003
Trains and Jaisalmer
The train system in India actually makes sense.
Loads of other things don't but for some reason (I suspect the British influence), the trains are well organized and generally on time. However, booking a ticket can be wacky because each individual train has it's own number, instead of a regular route. For example, if you want to go from Varanasi to Calcutta (as I did) you have to pick from 4309, 1275, or a bunch of other ones that stop in different cities along the way. There aren't many everyday repeating services that have the same train number. After you figure out the train number, you fill in this highly coveted reservation form, and wait. Fortunately, I paid the 40 rupee fee to have someone else do this for me and didn't have to deal with it.
Then there are the different classes of ticket, reserved, unreserved, 2nd class sleeper, 3rd class AC 3 tier, etc. It's all so confusing at first. Then, I spent my most useful 40 rupees (about 90 cents) on a Trains At A Glance book that explains EVERYTHING. After getting all that organized, I was free to roam the city of Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is a city I thoroughly enjoyed. It's a relaxed city of about 45,000, a third of which live inside the huge fort. Our hotel had the most patient and helpful staff, and a kickass strictly veggie restaurant.
Right now, I am just going to relax in Jodhpur, have a lassi, get a small henna tattoo, hit the fort, and just wander. Laters!
Posted by Claudia on September 20, 2003 03:05 AM