Right from my childhood, trains have been my fascination and whenever an opportunity arises, I try my best to sneak in a quick ride. Sometimes, things fall in place but sometimes….. Well…Read on… The Annual Rail Pilgrimage 2018 was a roller coaster ride with Rajeev Nair, Ganesh Iyer, the young Chechu mama, and yours truly covering close to 5 Indian states and riding on the fastest and slowest trains on Indian Railways. So, once the four of us were back from our trip, the WhatsApp group that we are a part of, started buzzing with dream-itineraries, train and flight schedules,
The Annual Rail Pilgrimage: Part 1: The Planning The Annual Rail Pilgrimage: Part 2: Jet, Set, Go The mobile alarm went off exactly at 03:45 AM and I quickly checked with GI if he was awake. After a positive reply, I finished my morning chores. We checked out of the hotel at 05:00 AM and booked an Uber to New Delhi railway station. The roads were deserted and within 15 minutes we were at platform 16 of New Delhi railway station. Taking the foot overbridge, we came to platform 1 where our train 12002 New Delhi Habibganj Shatabdi Exp. was expected.
To read Part 1 of the Annual Rail Pilgrimage, click here. 12th Sep 2018 With less than 24 hours to go for the trip, it was time to pack up things and finish everything beforehand to avoid any last minute hassle. All done, I lied down to catch some sleep. Meanwhile, Chechu mama had already commenced his trip from Chennai and his train was somewhere in Central India. Rajeev was to start his trip around 04:30 PM on 13th to reach Mathura the next day morning at 07:25 AM. 13th Sep 2018 Our Indigo flight 2988 from Bangalore to Delhi was to
Jerusalem, Mecca, Dwarka, Bodh Gaya etc. are some of the holiest places in the world visited by millions and millions of people from around the globe. For some, it’s a ritual that makes them visit these places year after year while for some, these holy places hold spiritual significance. For some, it’s a way of connecting with God while for some it’s just a way to find peace and solitude from this maddening world. However, for the four of us (names to follow soon), we have a different line of thought. We may or may not undertake annual pilgrimages to