We hoped to get a sleeper, only to find out that there was only one sleeper carriage, instead of the normal three… the sleeper carriage was packed but 4 guys were great and offered to sit instead of sleep to accommodate us. So far everyone has been incredibly hospitable and been genuinely interested in our endeavours to make this region better known. We had the odd altercation with the ticket inspector, and were occasionally woken up by the sound of vendors yelling everything from ‘garam chai’ (hot tea) to ‘joota polish’ (shoe polish).
At around midnight some guys disembarked, so we were finally able to collapse on the hard slabs that were our beds for the remainder of the night. Neither of us got any real sleep and arrived at 4.30am at Harmuty train station, a small non-descript village close to Arunachal Pradesh… we waited there for an hour along with other passengers until the first sign of light and then trotted off with our luggage along with the others, as if on an early morning military exercise. It was fascinating to see the other side of this booming country… the sound of waking roosters and the silhouette of village huts and cows roaming the dusty streets. From the main road, we finally caught a shared jeep for the 10 minute trip to the Arunachal Pradesh border.
– RahulThis blog is part of an Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Diary. Click on the links below to navigate through this journey.