To reach our next destination Pondycherry in southern India we go on a 28 hours and one thousand miles train ride from Kolkata to Chennai. Going by train is one of the most common ways of travelling for the Indians too. We decide for the sleeper class. We are sharing our compartment with a nice couple from Finland and luckily the compartments are not separated completely so we can enjoy the ride with all the Indian people to get an intensive impression about train riding in India. It’s not that crowded, noisy or dirty as expected and we are surprised about the service as they offer tea, coffee, different kinds of food, even ice cream and toys for those who want. Indeed the prices are higher, so we are happy we brought some stuff with us.
In the evening the seats are changed into beds one upon the other, so sleeping conditions are quite good and we get some hours rest. Only sometimes I wake up worrying about the movement and sounds the train is making while driving…
28 hours seem to be very long, but time is passing fast as we get lots of different impressions looking outside the window and go on driving even while standing at the open door.
Only the toilet situations is a little … adventurous.