This was a totally amazing experience. – the train was sechulded to leave at 11:30. We were standing on the platform with our luggage waiting for the train to turn up from about 10:00. They announced the train, and a large number of people just ran to the other end of a very long platform (we couldn’t see the end). These were the people who had second class seats with no reservations. So what do you do when you don’t have seat reservations? you run and jump on of course! a number of minutes later when the train went by there were still people jumping on the train, it was totally amazing to see. I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.
Once we got to Goa (only 4 hours late), we paid this guy 100 rupees to carry our suitcases. On his head is 40kg’s of our luggage – not to mention another 10 on his shoulder. He walked up three ramps and down three flights of stairs. These guys are fit! Sorry Amy I don’t think we will be attempting this on our next visit.