The Monkey Train, Deogarh India, Rajasthan
A lovely, lazy afternoon excursion on the so-called ‘Monkey Train’, through the Kamlighat region of central Rajasthan. The train has been operating continually since 1930 and was a joint venture between the erstwhile Maharaja of Jodhpur and Maharana of Udaipur.
During the train ride, one passes through tunnels and the hilly terrain of Kamlighat region with fantastic views of the beautiful countryside. In all it is a short fun ride in an Indian train which is still a vital form of transportation for the local villagers. There is plenty of fun banter to be had onboard and we’ll take you back by vehicle via a stop for tea. It is called the Monkey Train as the monkeys somehow know the time of the train and converge on remote stations in order to be fed by the passengers. Occasionally they even board the train!
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The one-on-one guide arranged with Experience Travel Group enabled me to get so much more from my trip to India. As well as the almost compulsory visits to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, I was shown a variety of busy towns and mall villages, traditional crafts and skills, religious buildings and practices, architecture and wildlife, finishing with a very relaxing stay in Tikli Bottom.