Already some of our favourite moments have happened while sitting shoulder to shoulder with locals as we journey across India's landscapes.
From lapping up the stares as we awkwardly hoist our backpacks onto the third tier bunk, and answering the million and one questions, to playing cards, sharing dinner, taking endless amounts of selfies and even getting some pretty handy money saving travel info straight from the experts.
All around us the murmur of different languages while food vendors stuff plates and bags full of mysterious, heavenly scented cuisine through barred windows to the hungry grabbing hands. The tea man barrels through the carriage shouting "Chai Chai" before jumping off the moving train just before it picks up enough speed to make the jump dangerous.
Phones blaring the latest pop song clash with the squeaking sound of the rusty berths as beds are prepared. The subtle giggle, the loud phone call, the thundering sound of window shutters pulled to cue bedtime. A swirling fan, a snoring man, and, lights out.
Whether or not it sounds appealing, we have to insist that if you come to India you travel at least once by rail. It is possibly the most authentic experience of everyday Indian life you will find, and usually, there is food involved.
Taking a little break from butter nan and sightseeing. Despite of tranquility you see in this pic, India is pretty intense and chaotic. I saw a mini horse get hit and fall on the side by a motorbike with 3 teenagers on it yesterday. #cuidado#india#jaipury