Jaipur to Gurgaon by Shatabdi with a Special Reference to Garhi Harsaru

I recently visited Jaipur with my parents-in-law. My husband or Chhavi didn’t join us as one had office and the other school. We had a nice trip but today’s story is about our return journey from Jaipur to Gurgaon by Shatabdi Express. The train is 12016 Ajmer Shatabdi Express.

There was a time when I was fond of Shatabdi journeys. At that time the coaches were new. Now Shatabdi coaches are really old. The whole Shatabdi system needs new coaches and better food. I can’t remember when as the last time I saw reasonable coaches or food in a Shatabdi train.

But Where is Water?

The train came on time. We boarded it easily at Jaipur. We all settled peacefully. It was a weekday and the train was not full. After a while my mother-in-law went to the washroom. She came back and asked for mineral water as there was no water in the washroom! This was a first for me!

After hearing that I refrained from using the washroom for a long time. In the meanwhile my father-in-law asked if I would like to tweet to Suresh Prabhu. I initially thought I would not.

Tweets to Suresh Prabhu

Bu I eventually did tweet to Suresh Prabhu. There was a prompt reply to my tweet. Relevant authorities were tagged and I was asked to provide my PNR number which I did. I am pleasantly surprised to see Jaipur DRM (divisional railway manager) on Twitter. They tagged someone else who was the relevant authority.

But in the end, nothing happened. My coach C5 remained without water till Gurgaon. My father-in-law discovered there was water in the C4 washroom and the coaches were interconnected. In the end I used it.

In my experience of tweeting to Railway Minister was a mixed exercise. The team acknowledged the tweet with speed. But on the ground nothing happened even when this was Shatabdi Express, supposedly one of the premium trains.

Eventually the train crossed Rewari. The next scheduled stop is Gurgaon, our dstination. The train stops only for 2 minutes at Gurgaon so one has to get down quickly.

We went near the door when we thought we were nearing Gurgaon. There were three of us, two other women and an old couple near the door. My father-in-law was at the front. The train stopped and we got down!

But is it Gurgaon?

All of us got down at the station when one of the girls asked, “Is this really Gurgaon?” That created immediate and immense confusion. There were people getting down from the next compartment too.

Then a pantry guy got down and yelled at us, “ye Gurgaon nahin hai!” (this is not Gurgaon). All of us started piling back into the train at record speed. I told my father-in-law to go ahead of me as I would be better at judging what is Gurgaon.

From Garhi Harsau to Gurgaonย 

When the train started again the door was open. I peered out to see the name of the station where we mistakenly got down! It is Garhi Harsaru! Thankfully we did not got stranded at night there, the pantry guy saved us! It was a cold night too.

The short journey from Garhi Harsaru to Gurgaon was uneventful. I opened the door of the compartment only after I could read the name of the station, ‘Gurgaon!’

In the end, even though nothing happened after the tweets, Gurgaon Railway Station for sure has got a face lift and looks much better and cleaner! I also got a brief glimpse of Garhi Harsaru Railway Station which I never took any notice of on all my previous trips!

PS. This was my first personal trip of the year 2016!

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12 thoughts on “Jaipur to Gurgaon by Shatabdi with a Special Reference to Garhi Harsaru”

  1. It happens sometime. I think it would be darkness or fog there at that time .

    • It was at night Yogi, we were lucky we all got back into the train ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Amit we all had fun and yes thanks to the pantry boy all of us got back into the train! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I have tried tweeting to the Rail Min on two occasions- once when bed bugs bit me in the train in the middle of the night; and once when a friend’s elderly relatives were travelling and their allotted berth was missing. The authorities responded on-ground immediately and I was surprised. I wonder how they wouldn’t take care of the water issue in the coach that too in a Shatabdi.

    Loved the ‘PS’. To many more trips in the new year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Antarik I remember your bug blog. Maybe in a Shatabdi they got less response time? Not sure what happened but I hope they continue the good work.

      More trips to you too!

  3. I thought some action will be taken as you got a prompt reply on your tweets. Anyways, it was a unique experience which as nice to read.
    The good thing is that you all safely reached Gurgaon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Purba, I too hope there would be more action on Tweets! Yes we landed safe and sound at Gurgaon!

  4. Hi, Mridula Dwivedi, I just love to read the people’s experiences and your this experience also teach me always fight for your right like you tweeted to Mr. Suresh Prabhu.

    I love this type of writing.

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