You might be wondering why is there an elaborate travel feature on a mere train journey from Mumbai to Mysore when there are so many other viable options to make the same journey. For example: by air or by bus or you can just hit the roads. Also keeping in mind that the train journey to Mysore from Mumbai can be a long tedious one, flights are the obvious choice for most of the people. (Yes I know trains tickets are cheaper, but still). Well, answer to that can be quiet abstract. You might have experienced times when you get off the work early or don’t have anything to do after it so you choose to walk back; sometimes a part of distance and sometimes all the way back to the home. There is no specific reason for that walk; it’s just that you want to enjoy the journey too along with the destinations. You enjoy the view (city or scenic), you observe things you never have seen before and you don’t regret giving that time to the journey because you relished it.
I find trains very interesting. Every journey carries with itself a new story and a new never had before experience. People focus too much on the place they are going to visit in lieu of which they forget about the time they are going to spend reaching there. From ‘Jab We Met’ to ‘The Burning Train’, from ‘Chhaiya Chhaiya’ to ‘Hai Apna Dil to Awara’; trains take you through a roller coaster ride which is so much more than a journey. It’s is more of an ecstatic excursion which gives you everything. Scenic splendors of natural beauty, cutting chai, new friends, that shaky movement (which you enjoy in a weird way), the space to snooze and you can always sit and stare outside at the disappearing sun and sprinting trees. So this is just a suggestion rather than a feature because we want you to seize every second of your vacation (be it packing your slippers).
So, let’s talk facts first. There are two pairs of trains between Mumbai and Mysore. Sharavathi Express (Train No: 1035) operates on Tuesdays from Dadar (DR) station on Tuesdays to Mysore Junction (MYS). It takes about 24 hours by Sharavathi Express to reach Mysore. This train leaves Dadar by 9.30 in the night and reaches Mysore railway station around the same time next day.
The second direct option is the long distance Ajmer Mysore Express (Train No: 6209) that connects Ajmer in Rajasthan with Mysore. You need to get to Kalyan Jn (KYN) to catch this train. This is a bi weekly train and you can catch it from Kalyan Jn for Mysore on every Fridays and Sundays. The train leaves Kalyan Jn by 1.10 past midnights and reaches Mysore after 7 in the morning, making it a 30 hour journey between Kalyan and Mysore.
You can always enjoy this long trip in every way possible but we also want to acquaint you with some Train Travel Tips which might double the fun of all the things described above and also remove all the residual glitches from your holiday.
- Make reservations as far in advance as you can. Unless you’re taking a short-distance passenger train, arriving at the station and hopping on is not an option as seats are booked up to 90 days in advance.
- Never, ever leave your bags unattended, whether on a station platform or on the train itself. Buy a chain and simple padlock (these are on sale at larger stations) to secure your bags on the handy loops under the seats. Keep money, passport, credit cards, iPod etc in a money belt or small bag to stick under your clothes.
- Never accept tickets from touts or visit side-street agents claiming they will find you a confirmed seat. Indian railways have one central computerized system and it’s safest to do all bookings at a station counter.
- Bring your own food and bring plenty of it. Things like packaged cookies, crackers and bananas are safe if you’re in the mood for a snack.
- Toilets on Indian trains are basic, to say the least. You shouldn’t use it when the train is at a station. Bring plenty of tissues (you won’t see any toilet paper for love nor money) and wet wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Have a happy journey!