Taxi, Taxi !

We are running a bit late … hurriedly making our way to the main road from our hotel. The sun has almost set and it has started to become cold. The evening breeze is not so gentle, in fact it’s not a breeze at all. We can call it wind … strong wind. My hair is restless, probably trying to fight a losing battle with the wind. I adjust my muffler around my neck and hands go in my jacket’s pocket.


We reach the main road in

Haridwar to Rishikesh

Haridwar to Rishikesh – Day 2
You can read Day 1 journey here.

After an intensely religious journey, thanks to our co-passengers in the train, I never realized that we had reached our destination. Actually, I was still trying to get some sleep when we pulled into Haridwar at around 2 PM. 🙂

Haridwar station is not big and as usual; sensing we are not locals, a large number of Auto and taxi drivers were after to ferry us where we wanted. We mechanically responded that we did not need one but still they wanted to know where we were going! One of them said “Arre nahi jana to koi baat nahi, knowledge ke liye to bata do!” (Even if you don’t want to go with us, tell us for our knowledge). 😀

We had read a few places that we could get

Colorful Trishaw of Malacca

The moment your tourist bus drops you at the main tourist stop, an instant smile comes to your face. The first thing you notice about the quaint town Malacca (a.k.a Melaka in Malay) is its beauty and of course, the colourful attractive trishaws. So many Trishaws.

My educated guess is that this name is derived from Tricycle + Rickshaw.

Difficult to say, what are more beautiful…. Trishaw or the women. 🙂

Mostly yellow in color, they are

Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur

Public Transport in Kuala Lumpur
Coming into Kuala Lumpur from any part of the world, the first thing people usually want to do is explore the city. Usually, the only way to get around in such situations as a tourist will be to either
a) Book a guided tour or
b) use the public transportation.

Guided tours are privately owned, and they usually charge through the roof, so if you do a bit of preparation beforehand by looking up places of interest to visit in the city, the public transport system is more than adequate and should serve you well.

There are generally three ways of getting around the city, short of renting a vehicle yourself.
• You can take the train
• You can take the bus
• You can hail cabs

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A train station.

The train system is managed by

India’s Toy Trains

India’s toy or midget trains are small trains that run on historic railway lines up to a number of the hill stations in India. Although these trains are slow and can take up to eight hours to reach their destinations, they are quite popular among visitors. The mountain scenery is beautiful and makes the journeys really worthwhile.
As per my knowledge there are only four toy trains running in India, one each in four zones and each one of them being special in its own way.
1) East – Darjeeling toy train
The Darjeeling toy train is known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, takes its passengers through the rolling hills and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling in east India.
The train route runs for 80 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri, in West Bengal to Darjeeling via Siliguri, Kurseong, and Ghum. The tracks climb up steeply through a number of fascinating reverses and loops, one of them being Batasia Loop between Ghum and Darjeeling. It provides a panoramic view of Darjeeling on the hill with Mt Kanchenjunga in the background. The train also crosses more than 500 big & small bridges.
Fare includes the entrance fee to the Ghoom Museum where it stops for 30 minutes.

2) West – Matheran toy train

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Matheran Toy train !


Ladies coach in Malaysian trains

In India, for years we are so used to a concept called ‘Ladies coach’ in a train whether it is a local train or intercity but do you know Malaysia’s first coach service for women was launched very recently?

Ladies coach KTM Komuter

A Ladies coach.

On my last visit to Malaysia, to my joy, I noticed that a ladies coach has been introduced. And since its launch in May 2010, it has been receiving rave reviews from women of all races.

Malaysia’s first coach service for women is marked by a large pink sticker with the message ‘Ladies only at all times‘. The message is written in five languages, to go with