This video showcases both normal and high speed footage from my train rides in India using Indian railways during my nearly three month backpacking trip all over India. As my preferred method of transportation, I took the train as often as I could while traveling in India; moreover, there were few journeys that I did not take photos or record videos. I found the experience utterly fascinating and wanted to share my experiences with my family, friends and online with a public audience. For the footage, I used my Casio EX-FC100 high speed digital point and shoot camera to capture both slow motion and high definition video. The train rides included The following destinations: Old Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Amritsar, Agra, Varanasi, Kolkata.
This video highlights the beauty, diversity, poverty and bustling hive of activity that one can see outside of their train window. One will notice monkeys jumping out of trees, darting across tracks and running through farm fields. One will also see cows grazing in the fields, in garbage cans and nearby the tracks. Some of the scenery is particularly stunning with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The India railway stations are buzzing with activity as Indian tea men (Chai wallas) sell items, passengers hop on and off board the trains and vendors sell meals.
There was on particular time when I got off of the train to grab a few snacks at a train station in Rajasthan. Suddenly the train started moving and I had to make a mad dash to get back on board, helped by the aid of outstretched hands to pull me back in. I couldn’t believe how close I came to missing my train, losing my backpack and potentially be stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than my day back and a bit of small change in my pocket.
I experienced many memorable encounters with passengers who were curious to know where I came from, what I was doing in India and where I was going next. Over many cups of Chai I delighted in communicating with people from all walks of life; businessmen on route to a meeting in Delhi and an elderly man embarking on a spiritual journey to Varanasi were just a few of many distinct conversations.
At times we passed through colourful slums, where life existed on the train tracks along with hectic train stations filled with passengers. One can notice action on board with passengers looking out the window, playing games and viewing the scenery from the exit doors. All of this footage captured in slow motion (high speed) was not registered with my naked eye. In other words, I noticed things from this video that I couldn’t see while taking the train ride. It was quite fascinating what was revealed. Overall, it was an amazing experience and something I would love to do again. I recommend taking the trains in India for any traveler.