We took the sleeper train overnight to Varanasi home of the Ganges and the most relgious city in India.
The sleeper is a little bit like a mobile school trip dormitory. Six bunks arranged into three tiers. You are provided with sheets and blankets and after some crashing around trying to arrange your bed – there isn't much head room it has to be said when you are on the top bunk – you can make an attempt at sleep, admist the rattle of the train and the selection of snores ranging from bass baritone to soprano.
India being India the train was five hours late. This is apparently not bad timing for this service. British Rail eat your heart out.