Booking train tickets from abroad
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 3:13 PM Last Post By: Doughnut
Nov 7, 2012 2:23 PM
Nov 7, 2012 3:26 PM
Nov 8, 2012 9:23 AM
Nov 8, 2012 2:49 PM
18Result, Kaz! Hopefully that will sort it for you - thanks for your prompting. I just needed a push.
I've got both accounts now but haven't synchronised them yet - IRCTC responded with the mobile verification code really quickly. I'm in Japan at the moment so will look into it when I get back home.
I will have a lot of time in India so wouldn't normally bother about booking tickets in advance, but I have to meet someone in Madurai by a certain date, so it would be good to get that sorted at least.
I don't know if I would use this to book online when I'm in India because I'd have to do it at an internet cafe and I'm a bit concerned about online security. Hmm.
Nov 9, 2012 7:43 AM
Nov 9, 2012 3:20 PM
20Hi there, no I followed the instructions on the link Kaz posted and used a dummy number for the mobile. Then I emailed IRCTC and requested they send the mobile verification by email. I got it the next day.
Trying to register with IRCTC on the Cleartrip site was a lemon, so I did it directly on the IRCTC site. Entered a dummy mobile and zip code (because they won't take UK post codes). When I got the email confirmation from IRCTC I emailed them giving the user name, password (from their confirmation email) and dummy mobile number, and said that I was registering from abroad, had used a dummy mobile number and could they send me the mobile verification code by email.
to write my email I just followed the instructions on Kaz's link and attached a scan of my passport and also said I would be booking tickets from abroad with Visa. I don't know if these last two things are necessary, but it seemed best to cover all eventualities!
I'll try to book the ticket when I get home, but in theory I'm good to go now. In theory! :o)
Oh, one thing about the dummy mobile is that it has to be 10 digits, but the most obvious ones are taken. In the end I used a combination of numbers that I would remember.
Nov 10, 2012 5:28 AM
21For the dummy mobile, I just used the first 10 digits of my own phone number. I ended up having to email IRCTC with a copy of my passport twice, as when I tried to link my existing Cleartrip account to my new IRCTC one, I somehow ended up with a new set of OTPs!
Still, all this is good practice for applying for the visa - my next challenge....
Nov 10, 2012 3:13 PM
22Kaz, after reading your post I thought I had better try to link the two accounts (I hadn't got to that stage). Oh how that serves me right for feeling all sorted and smug! I didn't realise I had to 'activate' my already activated IRCTC account, and so have ended up with two email OTP numbers. Needless to say, I have now emailed IRCTC for the mobile OTP.
This is why people in India commonly say 'shanti shanti'.
Mind you, applying for a visa is nothing usually. I'm a PIO (person of Indian origin) and so am, in theory, entitled to a 5-year entry visa. You would not believe the hassle I have had both times I applied for one - the first time, I had to be interviewed by the first secretary at India House. The second time, they said I wasn't entitled to one - even though I had already had one once before, and had all the paper evidence to prove my PIOness. I will never apply for another on ever again - it's just way too much hassle!
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