12560 Delhi to Varanasi

#1 Oct 2nd, 2017, 16:30
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Hello,

We are going to book a ticket (AC1 or AC2) for 12560 - Delhi to Varanasi - for december 1 or 2. We have read information about severe delays in december, but this is the first day of our travel and we have reserved 3 days for varanasi, so we hope we will have enought time there even with the delay (we want to "enjoy" and indian train)

Is 12560 the best option from Delhi to varanasi?

I have found information about this train in etrain,info and there was delays about 2073 minutes last december, is that possible?

Thank you so much.
#2 Oct 2nd, 2017, 16:38
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From mid December on wards fog tends to create a havoc with train schedules with quite a few trains being cancelled or delayed for a long time. As you are traveling in the start of December I think the fog should not be a problem. However I can not be sure about that.

Do remember that 12560's last stop is not Varanasi, it is Manudadih which is around 4 kms from Varanasi.
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It is important to be aware that there are sometimes several stations "near" to the city you desire to visit. The automated search services sometimes "include" these outlying ones, so beware to check boarding and destination is exactly as expected.
Confusion can also arise with names, E.G. Varanasi City or Varanasi Junction !

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There is a very low probability of severe fog on 01st dec on that route. But there is no fool proof guarantee. Last year there was severe fog on 08th December and this year the weather in North India is acting funny with May weather during the day and november weather in the night. As for delay by 2073 minutes Trains usually get cancelled if delays are more than 24 hours. Why don't you consider flying in? Some flights cost lesser than 1AC. Just remember to avoid early morning and night flights.
#5 Oct 3rd, 2017, 07:04
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In the case of fog, flying is also not guaranteed.

On my last trip to Varanasi, it took eight hours from Delhi. That includes waiting for the fog to clear in both places.

Stick with the train. They are more fun.
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GP sir I have been lucky so far. I have flown in almost all the weeks of dec and january, and have always booked flights between 11am and 4 pm. Never had to wait for more than 2 hours. Anyways for me a journey of 8 hours which includes waiting in an airport is better than a 25-30 hour train journey which includes waiting at a railway station. But maybe a first timer to trains might want to enjoy the train journey
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For many foreign tourists a trip on an Indian train is up there with a visit to the Taj Mahal ! Maybe a slight exageration, but it is seen as part of the "Indian holiday experience".

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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post GP sir I have been lucky so far. I have flown in almost all the weeks of dec and january, and have always booked flights between 11am and 4 pm. Never had to wait for more than 2 hours. Anyways for me a journey of 8 hours which includes waiting in an airport is better than a 25-30 hour train journey which includes waiting at a railway station. But maybe a first timer to trains might want to enjoy the train journey
No Sir here, only GP. After spending a third of my holidays waiting at the airport or a railway station, I have crossed North India off my list of places to visit in December and January.
Roads were no better also. Seven hours from Orchha to Gwalior in a car. All thanks to heavy fog, traffic was quite light though.

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