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General Travel
Nov 12 2016 (16:17)  

Ivar~   18 blog posts
Entry# 2057465            Tags   Past Edits
Vaishno Devi Niharika hotel informative photographs
General Travel
Nov 12 2016 (15:51)  

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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There are now more hotels in Katra than one expected. But my all time favorite has been Niharika, a J&K Tourism hotel at the centre of Katra, adjacent to main bus terminus. Room charges mare very reasonable. Rooms are airy, clean and spacious. I paid Rs 850 for each day. There is a cloak room, in case you want to leave the room for trekking to the Mandir. On return you can again get a room. In any case there is
ample space in dormitories, where you get a bed with clean bedsheet and pillow. Charges are Rs 100 per bed. Of course you have to carry your ID proof always. Adjacent to the dormitory is Annapoorna restaurant, which provides good wholesome meals, tea coffee and snacks at reasonable, very reasonable prices. Then the complex also has facility to give you 'yatri parchis', a sort of registration for the pilgrimage. There is also window for booking helicopter service. Ticket costs Rs 1200 one way flight. Just outside the complex is the main market and a couple of good eating hotels like Shere Punjab.
General Travel
Nov 12 2016 (13:20)  

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Went to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra by Uttar Sampark Kranti SF train on 7th Nov 2016. The train leaves New Delhi at 20.50 hrs and reaches SVDK in almost 12 hrs, an overnight journey. Train was clean except for toilets. There is no pantry but hawkers supply all cold drinks and snacks including dinner.
Katra railway station is outstanding. I don't think there is another rail station as spic and span as Katra station. Only drawback perhaps is one has to walk almost a
kilometer to get an auto or taxi for the main bus stand which is hardly 2 kms. Auto charges Rs 100 as fare for this small distance
Train Tip
Mar 05 2015 (21:20)   12217/Kerala Sampark Kranti Express

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Travelled to Udupi from Nizamuddin by Mangla Exp. Not a good experience. 26 stations on almost 40 hrs journey. Cleanliness in train was pretty bad. None cleaned it throughout the journey. Foood by Meals on Wheels was not good. Arrival time was odd. One on the night. Return journey by Sampark Kranti was very good. Only 7 stations between Mangalore and New Delhi. Cleaned several times during journey. Was perhaps outsourced. Food was tolerably good by IRCTC. Was punctual.

Mar 07 2015 (07:45)
moderator*^~   5467 blog posts   20 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Please provide your Rating and Review of this train in the corresponding train page, by clicking the "Rate" link. This section is only for "Travel Tips". Thanks.

Oct 17 2016 (14:30)
bindaaskhan   12 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
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1 compliments
Don't agree to this!!
It's not as bad as it's made to look on this page. Cleaning in 2A at JHS...and then happened at Chiplun as well., I guess it was attended at Bhusaval too during the night. Maybe it wasn't attended too well a year ago.

Oct 17 2016 (15:02)
Pramodbhandari96   302 blog posts
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Is train ka Madhya Pradesh state me know halt kyo nahi hai,
Jabki ye train mp.me approx 300 km run Kartika hai
Jabki Raajdhani exp. Durango exp.ka Ratlam me halt diya gaya hai.

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Rail Fanning
Feb 15 2016 (22:04)  

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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What is railfanning. Please inform.

Feb 15 2016 (22:08)
Omkar Verma~   613 blog posts   349 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Feb 15 2016 (22:29)
THE SECOND COMING~   2868 blog posts   96 correct pred (55% accurate)
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Taking pics of rail,gathering info about rail,admiring it is termed as Railfanning according to me.

Feb 15 2016 (22:31)
Abhishek Jaiswal*^~   45163 blog posts   18369 correct pred (70% accurate)
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That awkward moment when people see you and be like " E sasura train ka pic khich rha hai hai" :P

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Feb 17 2016 (22:49)
Banerjee™^~   2757 blog posts   27470 correct pred (75% accurate)
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Jo Sache man.... Se Rail ko Pyaar krta ho :p

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Station Tip
Feb 11 2016 (23:11)   ERS/Ernakulam Junction (South) (6 PFs)

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Those going to Munnar from Ernaculam south station at a reasonable cost, should take an auto from pre paid booth and go to the bus station where buses leave at regular interval. Volvo bus is also available at 11am. Bus journey takes about 4and a half hour. Regular bus ticket is less than Rs 100 while Volvo charges about Rs350.

Feb 12 2016 (23:18)
Ronnie Braganza~   114 blog posts
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There are some early morning private buses to Munnar from the station itself, check with local people around the station
Station Tip
Feb 11 2016 (23:14)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (3 PFs)

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Those passing through Madgaon Jn can try a cake Bebinca, a dilicacy worth taste. Its available at the station.
General Travel
Feb 08 2016 (21:59)   GUV/Guruvayur (3 PFs)

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Trains to Guruvayur from thrisur

Feb 10 2016 (09:41)
Savaari Gaadi   845 blog posts   2 correct pred (100% accurate)
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Tag guruvayur station
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Rail Fanning
Dec 24 2015 (21:23)   12780/Goa Express (PT)

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Travel Experience – Shirdi Sai – 1 Dec -4 Dec 2015
Travelled to Shirdi by Goa Exp (12780) on 1 Dec 15. Leaves Nizamudin at 1500 hrs and reaches Manmad / Kopargaon between 10 and 11 next morning. Taxi charges from Manmad to Shirdi are Rs700. From Kopargaon, auto charges are Rs 300. Distance from Manmad to Shirdi is about 75 km. From Kopargaon 30 km. Time taken is 1.30 hrs and 30 minutes. Train journey between Manmad and K Gaon is about 40 minutes.
Travel by 3 AC in GoaExp was not
bad. This was cleaned by private company staff at two places. Travelers have also improved a bit and most try to keep the train clean except toilets. Food and beverages are available and cleanly packed. Experience of bio toilets has completely failed. Bio toilets are always dirty to the brim. Earlier toilets could still be used in dirty condition. Now travelers refrain using bio toilets, and look for other toilets going to other compartments.
Stayed Hotel Sai Kanahyia, just 200 meters from the Mandir. This is located on a road near T junction of Hotel Tulsi, Gate 3 of the Mandir. Sai Kanahyia has been a good experience. Very neat and clean. Non AC room for Rs 900 per day. Food /tea available across the road-reasonably priced. There are whole lots of restaurants near Mandir. Sai Kanahyia is starting its own restaurant in matter of days. Hotel staff was helpful and courteous.
Mandir Darshan can be had either by booking through internet – Aarti Rs 500, Darshan Rs 100. One can also have Darshan in queue without booking. Sr citizens and government officers can go to PRO’s office near gate no. 1, on the highway and Mandir Road corner. They have to produce ID proof and Rs 500 / Rs 100. They are issued a priority entry slip which enables them entry through a shortcut. Thursdays and Fridays are comparatively crowded. So are the other festival days.
Mandir Shani Shingnapur is about 70 km. Taxi charged Rs 1100 for up and down journey. Takes 1.30 hrs each way. Though not compulsory, one may take ‘ Tel, Kale Til ’ etc and black thread to Mandir. These are available market outside Mandir. Mobile can be taken inside. Wearing belt or other leather items are not allowed.
On return, Hotel Mauli Prasad, about 6 km from Shingnapur was good experience. Had Kadhi Pakori and rice were fabulous. Bajra Bhakri (roti) was delicious. And Chhach was excellent.
Return journey from Shirdi to Manmad was by a taxi, which charged Rs 500. On way, some 30 km from Manmad, bought Bhelpuri for Rs 20- a big packet. Excellent.
KarnatakaExpress time at Manmad is 2.45 pm. Halts there for 15-20 minutes. Though officially this is for 10 minutes. Everything stated above for GoaExpress is true of this KarnatakaExpress.

Dec 25 2015 (11:29)
ambujpathak29   336 blog posts   3506 correct pred (70% accurate)
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Helpful and nice description

Dec 25 2015 (11:40)
ODISHA Suuperrr FAST ™® OD05   140 blog posts   23155 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Nice experience.
Station Tip
Dec 24 2015 (21:30)   MMR/Manmad Junction (6 PFs)

Ivar~   18 blog posts
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Paav Vada of vendors at Manmad station is delicious. Pomegranate seeds ( anar dana) available in small plastic pouch for Rs 10 is also good
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