A journey by train from Sitakunda to Chittagong

A train approaching with its light during the dark.

If you do not have your reserved vehicle at the Sitakunda eco park then it is a bit of cumbersome to find one. Usually most of them are already booked, or they would ask you to pay more. So we've decided to avoid them and started walking towards the Sitakunda railway station. The walking was beside the typical village road having plenty of agricultural fields at both sides. Also the small hills were visible around. The road was having plenty of trees at both sides as well.

The road was beside this typical Bangladeshi agricultural fields.

I can't remember fully, may be we've used the rickshaw for a while. Anyway once we've reached at the station it was nearly sunset time. The next local train would be available in an hour. But we've waited for it. It was 10 Taka per person (second class). The ticket was like old style one. I've seen this kind of ticket when I was a kid and traveling with my father. I used to collect those tickets that time (for nothing). So was a bit of excited when saw the similar tickets after a long time. Didn't realize that this kind of tickets are still functioning (as we use to see digitally printed tickets on paper).

Narrow road was not much busy and covered with plenty of trees.

When the train arrived at the platform it was completely dark. And being near the village it was even darker. There were plenty of other people were waiting for the train as well. The train was packed with lot of people. It was very difficult to move even an inch. We had to stand for an hour (or at least 40 minutes). It was even difficult for the ticket checkers to come and check the tickets as well.

At the Sitakunda train station.

I've done something after a long time. We tried to save some cost, also wanted to see how the local train is doing these days. It definitely saved use few money. But the journey was not that much pleasant. I feel sorry for the local people who have to do the journey very frequently ever day. They may have other options to pick, but that would cost them more and which they might not afford.

Waiting for the train at the platform of the Sitakunda train station.

Other side of the platform. A typical train station outside the city.

Our tickets. Due to digital ticket printing this kind of tickets are very rare in city.

Sitakunda train station,
Sitakunda upazila,
Chittagong district,
GPS coordinate (22°37'22.5"N, 91°39'37.6"E).

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 28th March 2010