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North India: Gallery 23
Journey by Rail to Alipura Palace
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CONTENTS
PHOTO GALLERIES and TRAVEL NOTES
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21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 |

Our bags were put out the door at 6:30, and porters came to take them down to the lobby. We were thankful for this since the elevator had stopped working last night. After a quick breakfast buffet of toast, juice, rice, and omelet we were on the bus by 7:15 for the short trip to the train station (there are four train stations in Agra). There was a mass of humanity at the station;  many leper victims begging all along the way as well as hawkers. One poor man in a “wheel chair” had huge feet like Shrek and another was a young woman who had lost half of her hair and was holding a toddler on her hip. She had no fingers.

The train was on time and we boarded within the 5 minites of the train stop. We were in two seats while across the aisle there was a row of three seats. Our luggage was stowed in a rack above. The train had come from Delhi earlier in the morning, so some of the passengers had already been served breakfast and were reading the morning papers -- many of them in English.

The train journey was fine, seats were comfortable, and we were served a plastic tray breakfast (some kind of sticky rice mixture with peas and carrot, two savoury donuts made with maybe chickpeas flour, lovely fresh soft bread sealed in foil and a mango juice box) Earlier travellers - probably from Delhi, were napping after reading their Hindustan Times. We got a copy as Prince William and Kate's visit was featured on a half-fold front page of the paper. 

Parakrum woke us up from our nap (no sense resisting the swinging and glide of the train) about 20 minutes out from our destination. We thought we’d better use the toilets before the stop. Bill went first and it got pretty rough, but he was in the men’s which was more difficult to position. LOL! One of our Norwegian travellers came back from the other toilet and said it was a sit down, so Sue-On braved it. We are always sure to carry lots of toilet paper -- a scarce comodity over much of India. The toilets must open directly onto the tracks since sitting on them is a rather breezy experience.

After we got to Jhansi train station, we were led to a G-Adventure bus and began the second half of our journey to Alipura.

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GALLERY 23
TO ALIPURA PALACE BY RAIL AND ROAD

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