Being an avid lover of travelling, I was very much excited to explore my journey from Patna to Ajmer. I have travelled a lot in the past, but that was for professional reasons, but this was a leisurely trip which made it more exhilarating.
Apart from being the 5th largest city in Rajasthan and wrapped by Aravalli ranges, Ajmer is visited by various people across the globe. Ajmer derived its name from ‘Ajay Meru’ which means invincible hill and the main attraction is the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Another tourist attraction in the midst of Ajmer district is Pushkar which boasts of the famous temple of Hindu creator Lord Brahma – very few existing temples that is dedicated to him. With so many specialties in one district, who would want to miss this journey!
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Well, I opted for a rail journey to Ajmer because I thought it was the best way to cherish the adventurous journey at every step. I had several options to choose from Patna Ajmer Trains like Ziyarat Express, Garib Nawaj Express but I finalized upon Ananya Express which operates only on Thursday. So, my journey kick started from Patna junction and I boarded the train in the night at 9:50 pm and was expected to reach the next day in the evening at 8:20 pm – almost 22 hours journey.
It was a long journey, but the comfort in the train was simply awesome. I got a golden opportunity to have brief encounters at stations – Mughal Sarai, Allahabad, Kanpur, Agra Fort, Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur. I also got a chance to munch on some delicious food items that were available at the railway stations.
The best part of travelling by train is that you wake up with the tempting aroma of snacks or with the sound of the tea vendors. Gone are the days, when trains were boring with fewer amenities because I could literally charge my mobile phone at the plug point that was right near my seat. I really got a chance to discover the diversity of our rich country. I patted my own back for choosing railways or else I would have missed all the fun!
Travel is more about finding yourself while experiencing everything that nature has to offer. The beautiful sights and captivating experiences have always drawn me or led me to travel as often as possible.
Though I work in finance and am part of the concrete jungle that is Patna, I still love the freedom I get from traveling to scenic locations. I used the internet to check all the Patna To Goa Trains that were available at the dates most convenient to me. I found the Pnbe Vsg Express the most appropriate and cost efficient way to travel to Goa. I booked tickets with total enthusiasm and embarked on a journey that completely changed the way I viewed the world!
The place I reside from is always bustling. There are a lot of educational centres and not enough pretty places. Goa was the perfect place to go to because I’ve heard that the sights to see are amazing and the entire experience will be relaxing. As I sat in the train, I took in everything around me. I couldn’t contain my excitement but I tried to keep my cool by reading a Dan Brown book.
Vasco da Gama Railway Station | Image Resource: yaohua2000.org
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My journey started at 12 pm in the afternoon and the two day overnight ride wasn’t as tiring as I expected it to be. We were supposed to reach by 9 am but there was a slight delay. Though I was a little disheartened by the delay, I got to finish up the book I was reading!
The food on this wonderful train is unlike any other. People always complain that the food isn’t tasty or hygienic on trains but this train is the exception. The food served was neatly packed and tasted delicious. I carried some snacks such as a few chips packets and chocolates just in case. I would advise everyone else to do the same.
Since it was the first time I travelled by this train, I really didn’t have many expectations. The journey was smooth and not too tiring! I recommend everyone to take this train if they are looking for a cheap way to reach Goa from Patna!