This is about a journey in the most unlikeliest fashions. How rare it is to get an entire train coach of your own? With a personal chef & attendant catering to your needs only?
Well here's a tale about a train journey three families embarked on. A train journey from Maligaon Railway Station to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP, as it is famously called). Sure it took 8 hours to cover the distance like all local trains do (Rajdhani & a few Express trains take a mere 6 hours). But we weren't in a two tier or three tier AC compartment. Hell, we weren't even on a first class coach.
LUXURIOUS SUITE ON THE MOVE
To be precise, we weren't travelling with others. In other words, why share a coach with others when you get to have a whole independent coach, all for your personal use, attached to the tail of the train? It is called a Saloon and some high ranking officers get it occasionally for pleasure as well (mostly) official trips. Fortunately we knew someone who could make this happen. It was once in a lifetime kinda thing, not merely because of the Saloon but for the three families had never before travelled together in a train. The personal coach or the saloon was ofcourse a bonus.