A Guide to the India Railway System and the Indian Train

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A Guide to the India Railway System and the Indian Train


I’m sharing my practical knowledge about the India railway system, the Indian train, and the India travel ‘culture’. The information in this article covers what to expect when traveling on the India Railway system (as well as what not to expect), types of Indian train classes, India railway facilities, cost of travel on Indian trains, and instructions on making offline and online India Railway reservations.

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Online reservations: limited hours.

If you want to book train tickets in advance using the excellent online ticketing system at www.irctc.co.in, be aware that reservation is only functional between 8.00 and 22.00, and from 08.00 and 14.00 on Sundays (all times IST). You can view the availability of seats, though.
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hi beach,

TERRIFIC!!!

have just finished reading your excellent contribution.
haven't been to india jet and had quite a few questions about indian trains and the whole system and how it works.
now they are all answered!
because my english is not the best, it took me a few hours to read (and understand) the whole of it, but it was well worth the effort.

many, many thanks


by the way,
what is the beach you like the most?
would be pleased to hear your oppinion on the thread "the most beautiful beach of the world"

all the best to you
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freemanx, Just when you think you've learnt enough about Indian Railways, you find this train, (well, I didn't find it )
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........ .........think i need some



now i feel better



looking forward to it
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I love flattery!! More please…..
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how reliable is the airconditioner on the trains in teh heat of the summer? If we pay for AC will we actually get it?
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Not only will you get the AC for sure, but you might even be cold, at least that is what Ifelt like in AC trains....
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Re: Knowing the Indian Train

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All the facilities available in SL is available here also. Bedroll available inside the coach free of cost. Like in any other AC coaches here again you can't enjoy the outside view due to the dark window glass. Tell that coach attendant to reduce the CHILL if you feel that you are inside a freezer with berths & wheels!
At times they think that passengers are to be delivered like a deep frozen parcel .Just shout at that AC operator sitting at the corner cabin near the toilet.Its too difficult to locate when closed.He hides inside
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On my first trip to India, my friend and I travelled First Class air conditioned (1A) from Trivandrum to Chennai, my friend spent long periods in the loo (not air con) TO WARM UP.
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Regarding AC I have been on a train where there was little or no AC functioning, whew..
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The cold is relative. Obviously, when outside temperatures drop at night, one feels cooler inside the AC compartment and hence the need to ask the attendant to reduce the cooling.

During mid-noon, when the outside is like a furnace, one may complain that the AC is ineffective, if the attendant does not increase the cooling inside!
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Another great post beach
We travelled 2AC and it was great but chilly!
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Thumbs up GOOD JOB

Good job!

I found all this information extremely useful. Took note of it for my trip to India (June-July).

THANK YOU!
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Forgot to vote!
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Resourceful train travellers should carry a roll of plastic duct tape to mitigate the effects of air-conditioning.

Those of us lucky enough to travel around India in December and January can be quite comfortable in Second Class Sleeper (reserved).
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