Travelling across India is easy and affordable due to its extensive train network, which spans the whole country. Cool blue trains transport over 20 million people daily and are a true right of passage while exploring in India.
I have spent over 100 hours roaring across this land in these trusted locomotives and have enjoyed every minute. This form of transportation is the best way to travel and meet local people, who's warmth and friendliness make every journey memorable. Not to mention the entertaining by the countless circus acts happening on board, the tooth brush sellers proclaiming they have the best items and the constant chant of 'chai chai chai' from the tea pushers, who are there to remind you that, yes, you can buy chai on the train--possibility every minute throughout your travel.
The carriages are charming with their ice blue interiors and three story bed compartments that create almost enough beauty to make you forget about the dirt and cockroaches that fall from the sky. And as India passes you by beyond the open train windows, and as the mice run across your feet, and the families share their food with you, and warm smiles are in abundance, you feel an ultimate love for the fellow passengers who you barely know. Then a cloud comes over you as you imagine a train journey in the western world, where the cabins are grey, nobody smiles, nobody talks and all you really desire is to hear the loud cries of 'chai chai chai'.
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