Choosing a berth? when booking trains on cleartrip
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 8:10 AM Last Post By: BP007
Dec 10, 2012 10:47 PM
Choosing a berth? when booking trains on cleartripHello everyone,
There are 6 of us travelling in the new year. We have begun booking trains around India and we really want to do everything we can to sit together.
When we book tickets we are each given the option of which berth (e.g. lower, middle, upper, side lower, side upper) we would prefer and we are unsure what to pick as we just want to sit together.
SO should we all pick the same births or all different or any suggestions please
Dec 11, 2012 12:45 AM
Dec 11, 2012 1:16 AM
2If 6 people travel together go for 3 AC, there are 6 berths in one compartment.
2 AC has only 4 berths. Choose 2 lower, 2 middle and 2 upper berths.
If you don't get seats/berths all in one compartment, ask the ticket inspector
to change it for you. People are fairly accommodating in that regard...
Dec 11, 2012 2:25 AM
3In 2 AC, choose 2 upper, 2 lower, and 1 upper side berth and 1 lower side berth. With a bit of luck, the two side berths will just be the other side of the aisle from the four-berth cubicle. During daytime, there is plenty of room for all six of you to sit comfortably in the four-berth section.
Alternatively, choose 3 upper and 3 lower - you will end up in different sections, say four in one and two in another, but you can easily squeeze in together during the day as above.
The TTE (Travelling Ticket Inspector - he quite often looks like a cricket umpire with his spiffy blazer and white trousers) will try his best to accommodate you, and Indian passengers are usually pretty amenable to ensuring that chums can all sit together, especially overseas visitors.
For layout of carriages, check out Indiamike.com. Go to the Indian Railways section and have a good look around, you should find the info.
Dec 11, 2012 11:21 AM
Dec 14, 2012 8:10 AM
5I can't understand why it's so important that you must all sit together on the train!
If you're also sharing accommodation, buses, restaurants, taxis, sight seeing etc. you'll already be seeing a lot of each other (maybe too much?). One of the most interesting aspects of train travel in India is getting to meet the locals, and having 6 foreigners in a group will be sufficiently intimidating to ensure you wont get the opportunity to interact with other travellers.
Seriously, this is not worth stressing over. Just book the berths and take pot luck, you might end up all together or at worst spread over 2 or 3 cabins, at least you'll be on the same train, and depending what journey you are on half that time you may be sleeping anyway.
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