how to book the rajdhani express from del to Mum

#1 Apr 27th, 2009, 00:53
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I went on the website and couldn't actully navigate to the calendar and booking page. Any info about booking would be greatly appreciated?
#2 Apr 27th, 2009, 01:43
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Try http://www.cleartrip.com/trains instead.

But if you want any help with your problem, you need to think about things from somebody else's point of view.

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I went on the website and couldn't actully navigate to the calendar and booking page. Any info about booking would be greatly appreciated?
What website?

In what way couldn't you navigate the calander and booking page? (though I can't remember those pages)

There's a load of info about booking on indimike, I'm sure you don't want somebody to go through every step again, so try to be more specific.
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Create a free account on www.irctc.co.in and then you can book all the tickets of Indian Railways on it. Payment can me made through Credit Card, Debit Card on Direct Remittance from your Bank Account. You can also check the availability of tickets on that site.
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abhinavshrey: that's not necessarily true: I have an IRCTC account and until 2 years back everything was just fine, then they started changing stuff. First thing, you need a local (India) credit card or debit card. And even if you have that (as I do), it doesn't always work. Direct remittance is also only possible from selected Indian banks such as ICICI, if you have an account with an Indian division of an international banksuch as HSBC or Deutsche Bank India, forget it.

The cleartrip website is easier in the sense that it looks cleaner and is easier to navigate than the official site. However, booking is very much hit and miss, with me it works about half of the time but if things go wrong they do automatically refund your money.

Long story short, if you're in Delhi and want to be sure of your ticket, go to a small station's booking office (such as Sarojini railway booking office) where the queues are short, fill in the form and hand over your money. Better yet: send someone over to to this. If everything's fully booked, go to New Delhi Station with your passport and foreign cash or rupees+certificate, march straight to the first floor and use the tourist quota.
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You can book on the IRCTC site with a foreign credit card if you use the Axis Bank gateway.
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I have found it rather easy to use the IRTC booking, both Indian Debit Card (SBI) and US credit card (through ICICI gateway) on their list of choices.

Yes, there are times when it goes into a loop (transferring info - always before taking the card #) - the best thing I found (as I think Steven suggested a while ago) is to log out and re-log back in - it is actually faster than "watching the grass grow" since one has no way to predict how long the wait could be. The net result is the same - if the # of berths are going to diminish soon, either way, one may lose the opportunity.

Something interesting happened on Thursday - I had been trying to make a booking for a while in the evening and the above delays kept happening. I decided to give it a break and get a couple of pints. Suddenly I saw the time & it was 9:45 pm - I logged on and it went through very smoothly. Maybe they close at 10 pm and there were very few people trying to book. Just after 10 pm I tried another booking and it was not possible since I presume they had shut down for the night.

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#7 May 5th, 2009, 13:58
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Now www.cleartrip.com also offers train ticket booking.
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#8 May 7th, 2009, 22:10
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Post Alternate Railway Bookings

Apart from irctc.co.in, sites like yatra.com, cleartrip.com, makemytrip.com, etc. have all started booking e-tickets for Indian Railways. You can try any of these if irctc.com is not working, the only thing is you'll land up paying a few bucks extra.

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