There are rajdhanis and rajdhanis it seems. This one is still better than standard express 2AC, but not a patch on the raj’ train from Delhi to Dibrugarh.
Overnight and this morning we’ve had 5 people ditch, Andrew in Ernakalum and then Todd & Lauren and Drew & Troy in Goa. I’ve lost count as we are all dotted up and down the 4 2AC coaches we have, but I think we are still 10 strong for the final 8 hours to Panvel. But for one the journey doesn’t stop there. Emily is so taken by her life on an Indian train that she is now going to stay on the train up to Delhi, then jump straight onto another train, rajdhani of course, down to Bubaneswar on the opposite side of the country (we went through there about 4 days ago). Then, before her ticket finally runs out, pop down to Bangalore. So well over 15,000 km in total I’d imagine.
Trying to get online up the Konkan is actually a nightmare, it takes about five minutes to get online, the a tunnel comes and you have to start again. John, Jason and I will be the only ones to make it up the hill at night at Matheran.
Expect a micro post in a few hours declaring the completion of the main rail route at Panvel, but after that I need to take a break from this for a few days and work out what we ended up with and what state my head is in.
And for the record, Der Führer means, literally, The Guide.