12.02.2013 ►Delhi - Balotra

Posted: 12.04.2013
Updated on: 30.07.2015

Back to Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra we were told that Samani jis from Bangkok had arrived. It was the time of their lunch, and I decided to meet them later. Only during mealtimes they are undisturbed, otherwise they are leading a public life. This means that they are approachable for everybody at any time. When they are away, surely someone will be there knowing where they have gone and when they will probably be back. Same here, their arrival dates were known long before they had arrived. This transparency gives a feeling of confidence for the “saints”, as they are called by the lay followers. Even respect is included towards the person asking for them. The request is regarded important enough to provide all informations available. I wanted to meet Samani jis, perhaps I knew them already. It is always a special experience to see them. They are treating everybody as friend, and they are welcoming everybody very kindly. They are living after the doctrines of their great Gurus in day-to-day life of 21st century and enlighten it. For them it is self-understood in the sense of understanding through knowledge of the Self to practice universal friendliness towards all living beings and to regard none as enemy. Even if someone is not behaving like a friend it is necessary to act according to the own ethical values. No reactive impulses, never reciprocating in the same way.

 

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Samani Chaitya Pragya (l), Samani Agam Pragya

In Bangkok Samani jis had participated in the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week as representatives of Jain Sangh there from Feb. 1st to 7th 2013. NGO Peace Federation Thailand had invited religious leaders and top-ranking politicians to join a conference on the last day on the subject “Interfaith Principles to Strengthening Family”. At present they were on their way to Tapra for Maryada Mahotsav. Unfortunately there was not much time left for an extended talk, but it was a very nice reunion with two participants of my German Language Course at JVBU Ladnun in 2007.

The same evening we wanted to go by train to Balotra with Swami Dharmananda, and then continue to Tapra. Therefore we had to prepare our luggage, take some rest and ask farewell. Swami Dharmananda already had bought the tickets for all of us, 2nd AC sleeper. There is a choice between 1st AC, 2nd AC, available as sleeper, 2nd and 3rd class. 2nd or 3rd classes are either interesting or strange for tourists, dependent on the degree of applied geography one likes to experience. Advisable for getting into contact with students, workers, farmers, small traders, musicians as well as a colourful diversity of uncommon people is 3rd class, because many passengers are getting off and new ones in at the stations where the train stops. Here the common people of the subcontinent are showing generously their day-to-day hospitability, which means to share what they have with the stranger. It also means to have a lot of fun, even when nobody does speak English. Even better!!

Departure was at 18:07 from Delhi Cantt. Railway Station. Cantt. is the abbreviation of Cantonment. Cantonments were army bases of the British-Indian army in Delhi and Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Since independence, Delhi Cantt. is the headquarter of the Indian army with army hospital and affiliated research facilities, as well as residential areas for army staff with nurseries and schools, in short, one passes a small town on the way to Cantt. Railway Station. From Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra it is in a distance of 21 km and normally takes one hour to reach. Swami Dharmananda told us that the train would not stop for long at Cantt. and advised us to leave early. So we left ASK about 16:00h in the afternoon, and reached Cantt. after one hour at 17:00h. All went well and gave the good feeling to be in time at the station where the train does not stop for long.

 

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Delhi Cantt. Railway Station, view on platforms and rails being crossed by passengers.

 

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The platform gets filled with passengers because a train will arrive very soon. In the background the bridge for pedestrians to the platforms.

 

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 The passengers assemble not only on the platform, but also at the other side of the train, while the train approaches with a loud acoustic signal..

 

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This train neither stops for longtime here. Please hurry for boarding!

 

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Before all passengers were in the train, it started to move slowly.

All are aware of the procedure, and like many times before nobody missed the train. After departure it again was relaxed on the platform, for us there was still half an hour until departure. We drank tea and had a nice talk.

 

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Karuna Jain, Swami Dharmananda

Little by little departure came nearer, and I asked Swami Dharmananda how long the train exactly would stop here and where we might suppose our coach. The answer was, “Two minutes! Nobody knows where exactly which coach might be accessible. We only know that it will arrive at this platform. But I have asked someone and think it will be there.“ Swami Dharmananda pointed in the direction to our right. No Railway employee was visible. They are only at the starting station, and there the train will be accessible for about one hour. Our train starts at 17:30 in Old Delhi Junction in a distance of 27 km from ASK, which in an absolute view only makes a difference of 6km, but in a relative view it is not advisable because of the heavy volume of traffic at this time of the day. I got the idea that we had to hurry strictly.

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When the train came into sight, we started running towards the end of the train. It should be mentioned that this train was special, because it actually are two trains in one: One with destination Jaisalmer, not touching Balotra. The other with destination Barmer via Balotra. We did not only look for the coach with our accommodation berths, but also for the right part of the train. Everything was available double in this train, two times 2nd AC, etc… When we nearly had reached the end of the train and got the chance to ask a conductor, he immediately gave us sign to return. Our 2nd AC was at the front end of the train! When we realised this, the starting signal was audible. As quickly as possible we managed to put the luggage and ourselves in the train. We were standing in the walk, and the train moved faster and faster, what to do? There was no choice than to wait for the longer halt of 2 minutes in an hour or so. Before it only halted for short, felt as split second.

I shyly asked if there was a chance to move forward inside the train and got the answer that we will try this. So we moved four or five coaches ahead. We thought to be very near to the accommodation berth, where we longed to stretch, but for the moment could not get further. The contact door to the next coach was closed. A kind railway employee helped us to open it. But hardly opened, people tumbled inside the walk where we were standing. The next coach was 3rd class and overbooked. Not all passengers enjoyed the privilege of seats. The train was also used by many commuters. I see, no need of seats. But what about us? During the next halt (30 seconds) someone loaded with two suitcases and one bag sprang into our walk. Aha, he also. He wanted to get before the longer halt into his coach, being ours as well. Maybe he was lucky, as looking sportive enough.

After talking with the kind railway employee again, we learned that our coach was not the next as supposed, but at least nine more coaches away! Nobody had been able to guess this. Car position indicator was not available and nobody to ask in operating distance. Very well then, another hour in the walk. At 19:38h we reached the station, and Swami Dharmananda rejoiced, “We are too early!!” Departure was at any case at 19:45h, so we had gained 7 marvelously long minutes for the change to the head of the train.

Rewari junction was our rescue. We succeeded to reach the coach - third after the engine - and just before departure the sportive fellow passenger came in, breathing heavily. But when arriving at the accommodation berths, we were surprised. They had been given away, because we had not appeared so far. But the people who got it were very benevolent and immediately gave them back to us after hearing what had happened. The conductor also was very helpful. So we got the chance to stretch and sleep some time before dawn.      

For this report we have found out the background of our railway adventure. The train gets split at 04:45h in Jodhpur, one part continuing to Jaisalmer, the other to Barmer via Balotra. It is as simple as this. But thanks to this small excitement we came over this wonderful timetable and got to know why had happened what had happened. To railway friends and those who love mental travels we recommend to click on the links to the stations and to drive on our route. There are plenty of photos with railway stations and trains and a good map. A very professional website of Indian railway company with lots to discover, also giving unusual impressions on the subcontinent. Trains mostly are in time. Enjoy it!

A) Delhi - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Train #14659
http://indiarailinfo.com/train/delhi-jaisalmer-express-14659-dec-to-ju/15108/351/126

B) Delhi - Jodhpur - Barmer über Balotra
Train #14659-Slip  --> in Jodhpur
http://indiarailinfo.com/train/delhi-jaisalmer-express-slip-14659-slip-dec-to-ju/15109/351/126

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Code

Station Name

Arrives

Departs

Halt

PF

Day#

Km

Speed

Elev

Zone

Address

1

DLI

Old Delhi Junction

17:30

--

1

-14.1

15

219m

NR

Near Chandni Chowk Metro
Station, Delhi NCT

2

DEE

Delhi Sarai Rohilla

17:48

17:50

2m

--

1

-9.7

39

226m

NR

New Rohtak road,
Delhi NCT

3

DEC»

Delhi Cantt.»

18:05

18:07

2m

--

1

0.0

32

217m

NR

Delhi, Delhi NCT

4

PM

Palam

18:14

18:16

2m

--

1

3.8

57

222m

NR

Sadh Nagar I, Delhi NCT

5

GGN

Gurgaon

18:30

18:32

2m

--

1

17.2

66

217m

NR

Gurgaon, Haryana

6

GHH

Garhi Harsaru

18:41

18:43

2m

--

1

27.0

79

219m

NR

Gurgaon, Haryana

7

PTRD

Pataudi Road

18:58

19:00

2m

--

1

46.8

67

227m

NR

Hailley Mandi, Haryana

8

KIP

Khalilpur

19:10

19:12

2m

--

1

58.0

20

235m

NR

State Highway 26, Haryana

9

RE

Rewari Junction

19:43

19:45

2m

11

1

68.5

65

245m

NWR

Rajput House, Haryana

10

BWL

Bawal

19:59

20:01

2m

--

1

83.7

87

266m

NWR

Bawal, Haryana

11

HSI

Harsauli

20:18

20:20

2m

--

1

108.3

52

286m

NWR

Harsoli, Rajasthan

12

KRH

Khairthal

20:29

20:31

2m

2

1

116.1

86

305m

NWR

Khairthal, Rajasthan

13

AWR

Alwar Junction

20:50

20:52

2m

--

1

143.3

72

267m

NWR

Alwar, Rajasthan

14

MKH

Malakhera

21:08

21:10

2m

--

1

162.4

73

265m

NWR

Mala Khera, Rajasthan

15

RHG

Rajgarh

21:24

21:26

2m

--

1

179.4

45

303m

NWR

Rajgarh, Rajasthan

16

BU

Baswa

21:42

21:44

2m

--

1

191.3

69

291m

NWR

Alwar, Rajasthan

17

BKI

Bandikui Junction

21:55

21:57

2m

--

1

203.9

79

283m

NWR

Bandikui, Rajasthan

18

DO

Dausa

22:19

22:21

2m

1

1

232.7

70

333m

NWR

Dausa, Rajasthan

19

GADJ

Jaipur Gandhinagar

23:09

23:11

2m

--

1

288.7

14

426m

NWR

Jaipur, Rajasthan

20

JP

Jaipur Junction

23:35

23:45

10m

2

1

294.2

85

434m

NWR

,Jaipur, Rajasthan

21

JOB

Asalpur Jobner

00:11

00:13

2m

--

2

330.9

41

379m

NWR

Jaipur, Rajasthan

22

FL

Phulera Junction

00:40

00:42

2m

--

2

349.2

80

387m

NWR

Phulera, Rajasthan

23

NAC

Nawa City

01:08

01:10

2m

--

2

384.0

69

390m

NWR

Nawa, Rajasthan

24

MKN

Makrana Junction

01:36

01:38

2m

--

2

413.8

69

423m

NWR

Makrana, Rajasthan

25

DNA

Degana Junction

02:16

02:18

2m

--

2

457.2

51

339m

NWR

Degana, Rajasthan

26

MTD

Merta Road Junction

03:10

03:15

5m

--

2

501.3

81

322m

NWR

Phalodi, Rajasthan

27

GOTN

Gotan

03:30

03:32

2m

--

2

521.4

93

323m

NWR

Gotan, Rajasthan

28

RKB

Raika Bagh

04:24

04:26

2m

--

2

602.2

7

237m

NWR

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

29

JU•

Jodhpur Junction•

04:45

05:05

20m

--

2

604.5

44

241m

NWR

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

30

BANE

Basni

05:14

05:16

2m

--

2

611.2

76

219m

NWR

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

31

LUNI

Luni Junction

05:36

05:44

8m

--

2

636.4

64

180m

NWR

Luni, Rajasthan

32

SMR

Samdhari Junction

06:30

06:45

15m

--

2

685.1

51

136m

NWR

Barmer, Rajasthan

33

BLT

Balotra Junction

07:24

07:26

2m

--

2

718.0

54

114m

NWR

Balotra, Rajasthan

34

BUT

Baytu

08:22

08:24

2m

--

2

768.0

80

154m

NWR

SH40, Rajasthan

35

UTL

Utarlai

08:52

08:54

2m

--

2

805.3

10

160m

NWR

Barmer, Rajasthan

36

BME

Barmer

09:45

--

2

814.2

-

193m

NWR

Barmer, Rajasthan

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