Friday 10th January
The Railway Children: Jaipur to Jodhpur
We experienced the true Indian railway service today. We were booked on the 12.20 service to Jodhpur, arriving at the station armed with the number of stops and station names,we were told the train was 2hrs delayed. To make the most of the time we headed for some brunch of dosa.
Checking the board the train was delayed further to 3.35pm. With all our bags we didn’t have much choice but to wait at the waiting room, metal seats, Bollywood movies and toilets almost on par with the trains. We used the time to read lonely planet, update our diaries and write draft blog entries.
Almost bared the wait then the next announcement delayed to 17.05.Almost there then next announcement delayed to 17.35…. At 17.15 we make our way thru the rush hour crowd to platform 5, waiting anxiously for our long awaited train. A local lady pushes by me balancing a bag on her head. At 17.30 a train pulls in- we look for the A1 coach- not there,all 2nd class.
We realise this is a local train and not our train. Where is our train??? We start to consider plan B when John’s 6th sense kicks in…maybe there was a platform change. No announcement, the train is no longer on the board…did we miss it after the 5hr wait, surely not. Back to room 16 and the men at the station advise after a long minute the train is due ‘very soon’ on platform 3. Mad dash to platform 3, the famous train 14865 to Jodhpur is on the platform board and coach A1,all we needed was the train to arrive. It did at 6pm.
If only we had been told the 6hr delay at 12 we could have done something for the day…late late arrival in our homestay- let’s hope they are still up.
A long 5hr 30 min train journey ahead. Welcome to India! We were feeling sorry for ourselves until we spoke to our new train companion, he had been waiting on platform 5 for the whole 6 hrs.
Time to rethink the unconfirmed 17hr train to Mumbai from Udaipur. Currently we are knee deep on the the waiting list.We don’t want to risk missing any of wedding celebrations. 1st task tomorrow…look at flights