This is a reposting of a blog that originally appeared in 2006.
Up again early, this time at the ungodly hour of 4am. Again, we'd heard that arriving 1 hour in advance to the train station was recommended because they can be bustling, confusing places, particularly New Delhi train station. I guess it doesn't apply if you have a 6am departure.
We took the Bhopal Shatabdi Express, with air-conditioned first class seats. Quite nice, and very comfortable--they even served a substational breakfast on white tablecloths! Of course, this particular service caters to all the tourists making the de rigeur trek to see the Taj.