I left Agra Cantt late last night .. June the 1st .. and arrived back in New Delhi shortly after midnight today .. June the 2nd.
As I like to do .. I was at the station and on the platform waiting for my train forty (45) five minutes early at 8:30PM. The Shatabdi Express was due to leave at 9:15PM.
First we were advised the train was delayed and would leave at 9:40PM. Then the word was it would leave at 10PM. We actually left about 10:15PM one hour late. In the heat of the evening and the stress of not knowing just when the train would actually appear .. I became fatigued in spite of a super easy day of just working on my two websites and simply chilling out in my room packing and resting.
Here is fatigued: I had to be SHAKEN AWAKE OUT OF A SOUND SLEEP WITH THE TRAIN COACH ALMOST TOTALLY EMPTY when I was in New Delhi. This is a first ever for me. I never have slept that hard sitting up in a train seat. I was shocked and half-awake. This is an extremely dangerous situation .. being ‘groggy’ and semi-alert what with all of the neer-do-wells flocking at and around all of the arriving passengers starting with yours truly!
Long story short .. I did not tip over or die!
Some scenes I photographed as I waited in Agra Cantt ..
Because I was very early to my platform .. I was lucky to have a seat exactly like the two ladies you see in the above photo directly across from me.
Do you see them sitting beside the structural column in the distance? So luckily I did not have to stand for over an hour.
Looking across the tracks at the main waiting area in the Agra Cantt station.
The engine(s) of two arriving trains.
A freight train rolling through the station.
It was good to finally see The Shatabdi Express!
Aboard and rolling ..
In the center of each coach is the above table arrangement. I don’t know how they assign people to these tables since I knew-for-a-fact they were not one group of people who knew one another.
The two young men on the right in white T-Shirts were from Estonia in Europe and assisted me to get my bag into the overhead luggage rack.
Some things never seem to change for me. I seem to always enjoy the train meals.
Something .. it was just one bite .. in one of the dishes on the right (Indian Dal at the top and roasted Chicken on the bottom) was SO SPICY HOT!! that it took-my-breath-away. I asked the waiters for extra curd (yogurt on the top left). They were so kind as to bring me two (2) extra containers of curd. That put the fire out!
I mix the dishes on the right into the white rice on the lower left and then spoon the mixture onto the unrolled Chapatis in the center.
The main floor in the New Delhi Railway Station after 12 0’clock midnight.
Today I spent an hour with my friend Jeevan as he left New Delhi to travel South back to Agra Cantt. Jeevan came to New Delhi early Monday morning hours ahead of my night train.
Below are some more train station scenes.
The first three photos below are of an arriving New Delhi area commuter train.
The commuter trains are jam-packed with passengers. I nearly got run-over!
Have a few people!
Have a little luggage! OH MY! ARE YOU MOVING?!
A game of cards on the platform floor helps to pass the time!
I realized when I looked at the above photos I had my camera setting incorrect and too dark. So I shot the below photo. Same game with the same table cloth but different players. I must say this: the train riding Indians really make it work for them no matter the heat or the delays! They are very amiable and friendly and just go-with-the-flow!
Out we go to the train platforms in New Delhi. There are lots of steps!
There are steps DOWN!
And there are steps UP!
Now we are on the platform proper.
The beggars never ever stop!
Now pause .. Deep breath .. and look again at the below seating on my train.
BELOW IS HOW THE MAJORITY OF INDIANS TRAVEL ON THE TRAINS!
I did NOT say all of them travel this way. The majority however do.
No air conditioning and pretty well packed together. No reserved seating either.
A photo of Jeevan who boarded early before his compartment was filled to capacity.
It was because I was with Jeevan and I was not burdened down with my own luggage that I was able to snap the above photos today.
Tomorrow I fly to Hong Kong .. I am ready to go ‘home’!
Smiles .. Cap ..
Just now .. I walked down the stairs of my Hotel Capital Residency ..
And I walked to the New Delhi Railway Station ..
And I went to the Food Court inside the station and ordered my meal!
Very nice men. The man on the right above cooked my SPICY CHICKEN NOODLES for me ..
Another fun activity!! Another feel good exerience.
Ever More Smiles .. Cap ..
- JUN 1, 15 .. ONE TOUGH COOKIE ..
- JUN 3, 15 .. THE TAJ MAHAL ..