Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2012 4:46 PM Last Post By: danbushell
Aug 30, 2012 5:53 AM
India trainsHey guys,
In October I will be going to India for 1 month. I fly into Delhi and fly out of Cochin. In between I have a rough idea of the places I wish to see. I don't want to have a set itinerary as I may change my mind on destinations after speaking to people once I am in India. Therefore I want to hold off on booking trains or internal flights for as long as possible.
So my question is this; is it possible to book trains a night or 2 in advance of departure? Will there be room on the trains? The reason I ask is because I have read that trains need to be booked way in advance in order to get a seat. I understand that the Indian train class system can be quite difficult for a first time user but I've been advised to the get 2nd class AC for any long distance trips. For shorter distances e.g. Delhi to Agra I wouldnt mind what class I am in.
My worry is that if I dont book in advance I may end up having to spend a few extra days in a place waiting on a train.
For an idea of the route I will take and therefore the train routes I'm looking at see below:
Delhi - Agra
Agra - Jaipur
Jaipur - Mumbai
Mumbai - Goa
Thanks for your help with this guys. Always a pleasure to view your comments.
Aug 30, 2012 8:31 AM
Aug 30, 2012 8:45 AM
I will try to answer your queries as I lived in India for quiet long.Regarding booking the train one or two nights before travelling is not advised as people book 2-3 months beforehand and even if you buy ticket for the train 2-3 days in advance ,it depends if someone cancelled their pre existing seat so its very unreliable and will cause you anxiety ,so I would not advise you that.I saw your itinerary
and I think for Delhi to Agra you can take a bus as its just a matter of 3hrs.I would advise you to take air conditioned or luxury bus as you will have a seat to sit as compared to ordinary buses where seat is not always their so people have to travel standing.The fare will be around 500-700 INR and you can come back in bus too.Buses are quiet frequent on that route as Agra is a tourist destination.
Agra to Jaipur again bus.
Jaipur -Mumbai flight
Weather will be good in northern part and may be warm in Mumbai.
Indian trains have 3 classes take two tier ac class not 2nd class.
Hope that helps.
Aug 30, 2012 8:47 AM
Aug 30, 2012 8:49 AM
4Trains will be booked out ... You likely wont' get one unless your booked months ahead ... or you'll be riding 3rd Class general which ... well, just don't go there.
You can book planes on the fly ... there are a lot of them. they tend to cancel the flights a lot at last minute, or delays ... but you can usually get a flight when you want.
And there is the bus ...I hate the bus, but Pirate loves it ... there are lots of busses. Avoid night busses.
Aug 30, 2012 8:55 AM
Aug 30, 2012 9:04 AM
6Airline prices are rising constantly. All sectors are not the same, some are way higher than they should rightly be based on fewer passengers. Buy as soon as you know that it`s what you want, it won`t get better.
I hate Sleeper class. It`s just not quaint enough any longer. 2 or 3AC is good but few bogeys (cars) meaning fewer seats. 1AC isn`t worth the money unless it`s all that is available and you can afford it.
Aug 30, 2012 9:14 AM
Aug 30, 2012 11:59 AM
8No daveolegend, 3 class or actually 2nd genera or sitting classl is not that bad for 3 hour journey.Packed to the gills but who cares.And it cost close to nothing literally.Agra-Delhi may be like 60 -70 rupees if that. I traveled even without ticket once between Kolkata and than Madras.Ticket controler almost never boders to enter those wagons.All this just in case you might need.You never know. Hard but you get used to it and it is mad..if you like it.I did.
Aug 30, 2012 9:38 PM
9Some years ago, I took a train from Bangalore => Mysore. The train was packed to the gills - all seats were taken and I decided to sit on the floor where there was a lot of space... that was, until about 30 seconds before the train pulled out.
Then, it was as if someone unloaded a busload of tourists offering free travel to Mysore. Every square centimeter of space was taken up by men, women, children, bags and foodstuff.
I had to keep my knees crushed up to my chest, in order to allow people to squat on the floor around me. It was an experience (one I choose not to repeat), but if you are thinking of doing anything longer than a few hours on the floor, it can quickly lose the "fun" factor.
If you can do it, get an agent to buy your ticket for you a couple of months before you depart, to ensure that you get a seat.
Aug 31, 2012 3:31 AM
10Thanks Flanagan and Zoltan.
Being squashed up for a few hours wouldnt bother me that much. With the options of lower class train tickets or buses I think I will be ok. The idea is not to book stuff in advance as I dont want to follow a timetable.
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll do a bit more research myself and I should be good to go.
Aug 31, 2012 4:46 PM
11make use of the Foreign Tourist Quota in the main cities to book your trains.
In Delhi at New Delhi Train Station it's on the 1st floor at the Main Bazaar side.
with a few days notice you may be able to get your Delhi-Agra tickets there.
after that if you don't want to plan ahead you may have to rely on travel agents getting your tivkets for you however if your in Bombay for a few day's you can try for Tourist quota to Goa and if not take the coach.
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