AC 2-tier sleeper

#1 Nov 26th, 2007, 11:43
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I'm booking this train ticket online now. I'm traveling with my boyfriend from Udaipur to Jaipur.
I have been prompted to pick a berth preference. Which one do I pick for both of us so that we are together? What is the best choice for a couple traveling on AC 2-tier sleeper?
Thank you so much, this can be confusing!
#2 Nov 26th, 2007, 11:46
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Choose one upper & one lower berth.
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Should it be side upper/ side lower or just upper and lower?
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#4 Nov 26th, 2007, 12:04
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The side berths are a bit smaller in size. If you are travelling whole day you may opt for side berths. During the day both of you can share the window side lower berth.
The inside berths are bigger and more comfortable to sleep on.
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Thank you very much for your suggestions.
Are the side berths more private? My concern is that the inside berths, although they may be more comfortable for sleeping, will force us to share the space with strangers.
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Being on the side berths you are on the side of the aisle, people moving up & down all the time. In side you have another two passengers only.
Being with starngers is some thing you can't probably escape while travelling in India unless you travel by 1AC and manage to get the 2 berth coupe.
Good luck.
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#7 Nov 26th, 2007, 13:51
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Side berths are only nice traveling all day when 3-tier. Then you don't have to worry about someone folding out the middle bunk, and you have headroom enough to sit on the top bunk. Since they're (side on 3-tier) the same spacing as 2-tier, all 2-tier bunks have those benefits. So side is not really a beneficial choice, there, unless you really really want to be by the aisle... "/
#8 Nov 26th, 2007, 16:54
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In AC-2 Tier, the side berth have their separate curtains, which certainly provide more privacy than the 4-berth coupe.

My 2 cents...

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#9 Nov 26th, 2007, 17:12
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Side lower berths on some 2A coaches are allocated to only passengers who has RAC (Reservation against Cancellation) tickets. Technically two people are allocated the same side lower berth. It basically depends what is the quota on the train for the RAC allocation.

You can request an upper and lower berth, but there is no guarantee that you will get the berths together. The reason I say this is because recently I booked 5 berths on a train in 2A for myself, my wife, our 7 year old daughter, my sister inlaw and her husband. The computer allocated my daughter, the 7 year old berth no 8, me berth 17, my wife berth 18 and the other two as 38 and 40. It is going to be a nightmare trying to get all of use sleep near each other leave aside any privacy .

If you want privacy, book First Class AC for 2 and hope you get the two beded coupe.

There is not a lot of privacy in the 2A coach, especially on the side berths as idiots moving through the coach through out the night will deliberately or otherwise take the curtain with them.

Have fun.

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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Choose one upper & one lower berth.
Two uppers ? Almost a double bed ! And you can both 'sleep' at any time ...
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In case someone is tall never chose side-berths. Also things can disappear easier from there, since they are lying out in the open where everyone passes by. At night the night-light may shine in easier. Not a good option if you have the choice.

An upper berth is always advantageous for day travel because then you can take naps, or just strech a bit during the day.
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Being on the side berths you are on the side of the aisle, people moving up & down all the time. In side you have another two passengers only.
Being with starngers is some thing you can't probably escape while travelling in India unless you travel by 1AC and manage to get the 2 berth coupe.
Good luck.
Hi,

I will be traveling from Cochin to Bangalore with the Bangalore Express. How do I manage to get the 2 berth coupe in 1AC? I have been on the Indian Railways website but it is so confusing...too afraid to book the wrong option! Is any travel agent I can call to arrange the booking? Thank you.
#13 Nov 27th, 2007, 00:30
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Hi,

You cannot book specific berths, as far as I know. Neither online nor through an agent.
The best you can do is book an upper and a lower berth (if there are two of you travelling together) and hope that you'll get the 2-berth coupe. But again, there is no guarantee, and you won't find out until about 1 hour before your train leaves (in 1AC).

My suggestion would be for you to browse the excellent threads here on online booking and try your hand at the Indian Rail website again. It is a bit confusing at first but very easy really. No need to pay huge extras to an agent.

Come back if you need info.

Take care.
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Unless you want to practice the procedures for after your death, never chose side berths.

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