Long-Distance Train Journeys: A – Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

Holidays have come to an end and it’s time to travel back to reality. Speaking of travel, I have traveled on many train journeys in the past year. It has become a means of experience than a mode of transport. So this new year, when you make plans for a trip, save this article to guide you. I have listed down tips and possible experiences of long-distance train journeys from A-Z, both literally and metaphorically. And in case you’re an avid train traveler, it’ll be a nostalgic run. 

A – Affordable 

Train journeys are affordable. You can travel from Delhi to Kerala for just 2500 rupees. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

B – Berth 

The forever unfinished hassle of fighting for the lower berth. 

C – Coach

Running on the platform before the train even stops so that you can find the right coach. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

D – Detour

The unexpected detours (due to unforeseen circumstances) can be frustrating. 

E – Experience

Though time-consuming, the long-distance train journeys is exhilarating with new experiences of people, food, and cultures. 

F – Foodu

IRCTC food isn’t the best but it isn’t the worst also. Every journey introduces you to new tastes. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

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G – Gold

Especially for Malayalis, it’s best to travel with as less gold ornaments as possible for safety.

H – Headphones 

The savior from snoring uncles, crying babies, and gossiping aunties. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

I – Inside the train 

Long-distance train journeys make you feel like you’re in different dimensions. Stepping out into the platform and siting in the train literally makes you question time.

J – Jerks 

The constant jerks and pulls of the train will remind your back of the time you fell down the steps in 3rd grade. 

K – Koora and Paata

The one thing you have an abundance of are kooras and paatas of different sizes and types. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

L – Luggage 

The unlimited luggage some people bring makes it difficult to move around in your bogey. 

M – Mortuary 

The eerie feeling you get when you’re up at night and looking at people in every berth covered in white. 

N – Naatam

If your seat is near the door of the washroom, pray that you get a cold because the smell is unbearable.

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O – Orakkam

Long journeys can be bliss if you have your berth and blanket. It’s time for some Orakkam.

P – Payankali Premam

If you’re single, train journeys are a common site for some light-hearted flirting and friendships. 

Q – Questions 

Your co-passengers come with a pre-prepared set of questions, and by the end of it, the only thing left to give will be your jaadagam. 

R – RAC

The anxiety of having RAC (Reservation against cancellation) because you don’t know who you’re sharing the seat with and for how long.

S – Snoring 

Nighttime can be a living nightmare when snoring uncles get to work. They could wake up a zombie. 

T – Toilet 

The debate against the Indian vs Western toilet coupled with the fear of falling in while peeing. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

U – Undergarments

You can survive long trips with only undergarment changes and no bathes. 

V – Vaayanoki

The Vaayanoki next seat stares at you with a half-open mouth, stealing glances for no reason. 

W – WAITING

The pain of waiting in the station when your train is late even by 8 hours. (yes, personal experience)

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X – X-Ray vision 

The X-Ray vision of passengers who look at you from top to bottom and gain the ability to predict your future even. 

Y – Yakshi

Some myths of Yakshi and pretham can make the journey to the washroom at night, less pleasant. 

Z- Zillion

The zillion people you meet during every train journey many of those who meet, stay, and part as strangers. 

Long-Distance Train Journeys: A - Z Tips And Experiences Just For You

I clearly have a love-hate relationship with long-distance train journeys. Hope you relate to this. Have I missed out anything? Let us know in the comments.

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