After the hectic wedding season where we fashion designers were working overtime, I was all geared up for a short holiday. My sister too, had a few days off from college and both of us decided to hop on to the next available train and head to Gujarat. My sister and I, both enjoy traveling together but ever since we got busy with our own schedules; such holidays have been few and far in between. We love street shopping, history and sampling local street food. While I am more of a nature lover and camping sort, my sister likes a little bit of luxury. I love budget travel, usually in trains and buses where I can savor the vistas while travelling to my destination. My sister knowing this had very considerately agreed to train travel to Gujarat.
A quick search for trains on the IRCTC website and 19106 Hw Adi Mail had seats available. This train has a 10 to 15 minute stop at Jaipur railway station at 4.10 a.m. Not the most convenient of times but we had the advantage of reaching Gandhinagar at around 3.30 p.m. in the afternoon. This gave us half a day to explore the city on the first day itself. On boarding the train, we found our third AC berths and settled in. With ample time on hand, both of us caught up on some much needed sleep.
The Hw Adi Mail operates seven days a week and covers the distance from Jaipur to Gandhinagar is around 11 hours, less than half a day! I woke up in time for lunch. Although there is no pantry car, we fixed our lunch from the catering that was available and over a fresh and piping hot meals; my sister and I had a long chat with each other, catching up on the happenings of each other’s lives. We also sketched out a rough itinerary for our stay at Gandhinagar. By the time we knew it, it was already 3 o’ clock and we began to gather up all our things to get off the train. With a bit of bargaining, we got a delightful auto ride to our hotel! No sooner did we check in that we were all set to discover the capital of vibrant Gujarat!