We spent a few hours sight-seeing in Delhi before boarding the overnight Ranikhet Express to Kathgodam. We visited the Rail Museum. Abhishek loves trains, and so I thought that would be a good thing to show. There were barely a dozen people walking around there! Plenty of old engines and train compartments, and the obligatory toy train ride.
Then, we did India Gate, drove around Connaught Place, had dinner at Bengali Market, walked around Chandni Chowk, passed Red Fort, and arrived at Old Delhi Railway station. Getting to the station was quite an experience – humungous traffic, which meant it took about half hour to traverse the last kilometre.
The hot and humid wait at the station ended when the train arrived. What a welcome relief, getting into the First AC coach. We had an entire cabin to ourselves. It was wonderfully comfortable. All the troubles of the past hour disappeared as we made ourselves comfortable in the train.
This was my third overnight train journey this summer, and all were extremely comfortable. More than anything, the train soothes and relaxes, and slows the pace of time.