Train journey has been like a roller coaster ride, it is fun but also exhausting. It touches our nerves when we get to know that our train is more than an hour late, doesn't it? But have you thought about people who take the longest train journey?
Indian Railway's Dibrugarh- Kanyakumari Vivek Express, 4,273km starting from the north-eastern, Assam to the southernmost tip of mainland India. This train takes 3 and a half-day to complete it's a prolonged yet one-way journey. This train only takes its service run on Saturday and carries more than 1000 passengers on every run across India.
About Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express - Longest Train Services
The train has 21 cars and can hold up 1800 passengers. It starts from Dibrugarh, Assam in the night at 11:45 PM. This longest distance traveling train got its name from Swami Vivekananda and it's been 150 years since the train route was inaugurated. This train covers eight states along the way and goes along the western Peninsula, with the Bay of Bengal. It takes three and a half-day to reach this train it's destination and this makes this train to take the longest train journey in India.
Facts of Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express
- Distance covered: 4, 237 km
- Service days: Saturday
- Time took: 85+ hours
- Route: Dibrugarh - Dimapur - Guwahati - New Jalpaiguri - Asansol - Cuttack - Bhubaneswar - Visakhapatnam - Nellore - Coimbatore - Ernakulam Town - Trivandrum - Kanyakumari
- Timing: departs at 11:45 PM and arrives at,9:50 AM
- Number of stops: 57
- Accommodation type: 2 and 3 tier AC, sleeper and unreserved
What to experience while traveling on the longest train journeys?
Everyone had a dream in childhood if they can live forever on the train. So, they can watch things running away every day out if the window and sleep in small yet cozy bunk beds of the train and eat their favorite snack all day. Well, this train experience is enjoyable and dreadful at the same time.
But with friends and family, this journey is as fun and memorable. Three and the half-day will seem to pass like no one will know. There are a lot of fun things could be done on the longest-running train in India:
Buy some Munchies:
This must be everyone's favorite part, the train has to offer all kinds of snacks, street foods, etc. The variety of food can be found throughout the way are idli, dosa, Biryani, eggs, peanuts, fruits, chaat, soft drinks, and many more lip-smacking things.
What makes this journey refreshing every time is tea, buying from vendors selling on train in little cups is little does of happiness in this long journey. You can also pack some stuff at home to enjoy whilst you're on the longest train journey of your life.
Gossiping with friends:
Talking can help, and you got plenty of time to catch up with cosmopolitan stuff like politics, government, Development, science, celebrity, etc. This can be a really good time killer for a while. And you will never run out of topics once you start talking about something really interesting.
Entertainment on the train:
In India, train journey can never be a dull moment. All raw artists from the streets find their stage on the train. You can see transgender people barging their way through your manipulation, you can enjoy Acrobats performance, you can find small child artists singing soulfully some songs you never heard of. This will keep you entertained throughout the way of your journey.
Sunrise and sunset viewing:
Sunrise and sunset are said to be beautiful from wherever you're watching, and if you're watching it from train in some unknown field, where the sun is rising gloriously or setting melancholically, it is way more beautiful and elegant. Here on this train you will witness 3 sunrise and sunset and capturing all those in the perfect picture is like a sport.
Shopping for souvenir:
Throughout the whole journey, a lot of offers will come to you for selling. Little things like headphones, chargers, bracelets, batteries, procure wristwatches, wicker-ware, a new wallet or mouthwash, a cell phone, a bedsheet, a comb, etc. You can show your best bargaining skills and end up buying things at very low prices for you or your loved ones.
Tea and its varieties:
Tea can be named as the national hot beverage of India, due to the frequency of drinking it. Every minute on the train you can hear a hawker shouting for tea of different kinds. It is refreshing to drink a hot little cup of tea and enjoy the serene view outside.
Read a book:
Almost three days can be very long. But if you're a book lover, you can seize a moment and finish the whole book at once without getting distracted. With a beautiful view outside the window and a beautiful inside your mind, the journey can be a flabbergasting experience.
To kill time and other than looking out of the window, you can enjoy a film or series of your favorite genre. It can be very entertaining and interesting to watch stuff like these.
Connecting with people:
In the long journey like these, it is best to make some friends on-board. It is the best place it finds some interesting people with an interesting story and to connect with them. This can make the journey more pleasurable and memorable.
Ticket collector and its army:
A ticket collector is someone who knows about everyone in every car. This is probably the best to talk to the guy about everything and his experience on the train. He might have some interesting things to tell you about his experience on this train or other trains he has been collecting tickets on.
Sometimes train journey can be very tiring due to not getting proper sleep, not getting proper food in the stomach and rough and dirty conditions of the bathroom. It's not every time fun and adventurous, some stations on the train are really dirty and unbearable. Their bathroom is not always clean and easy. So the struggling adventure of the train is interesting but very exhausting in its way.
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- Distance Covered: 3787 km
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- duration/hour: 69 hrs 25 mins
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- Distance Covered : 3,685 km
- Duration/hour : 68 hours
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