another option to get a train seat when irctc site is down?

#1 Dec 15th, 2007, 15:29
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hey people, i posted this question as a reply on a different thread (my pants...)* but thought maybe it would be a better idea to ask it as a fresh thread:

have also been trying to book on irctc the last 3 days with no success. meanwhile i see the availability on my desired train running out fast. i was thinking if there's something else i could do to get this seat and suddenly realized to maybe ask an acquaintance in india (which i will see only after the train ride) to buy the seat on this train (paper ticket on the station) and then just tell me which seat it is and i'll just go on the train on this particular seat (which is reserved by him) albeit without a ticket. this way i will for sure have the seat (sleeper actually) but will probably have to pay fine on the train for not having the actual ticket.

can this plan work? any idea how much fine will i have to pay on the train?

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#2 Dec 15th, 2007, 15:46
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I don't have great hope of this, although it might help if the book it in your name.

Is the site down? Is the problem with the payment process? Can you ask your friend to book on the site with all your details but paying through an local bank, and emailing you the resultant ticket?

Could you ask him to book through a travel agent, and mail the ticket to your hotel?

I think there may be something he can do to help; just a case of finding the right formula.
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When you purchase a ticket on the station for a particular train (unless you get it reserved in advance), its for a general compartment and no seat is reserved. In General compartment seats are first come first serve basis and you can also travel while standing, sitting on the floor, etc..

However if Sleeper Class OR any other higher class is available on the train, then you can ask TTE for an upgrade and you don't have to pay any fine. He will simply take the fare difference and allot you to whichever class you want and paid for...

This can be done on the station you board the train, before actauly boarding the train. You talk to the TTE and he will simple give you a berth number and later come to you and take the fare difference and write something on your general ticket..

Sometimes, TTE also take a bribe (which is usually lesser than the fare difference) and let you sleep on a sleeper...

However all these option are available if there are available sleeper (berths) on that particular train..

PS : Oops !! I realized that I posted totally irrelevant information for OP's question. However I still let it be here as it can useful for someone else.

You can ask your acquaintance in India to book an e-ticket through this bank account (Direct Debit?) and send you the PNR number of the same. using that PNR number you can take a printout of the same for the IRCTC site and use it. If you don't have the printout then you have to Rs.50 as penalty.

No sure about the normal or i-ticket thing. More knowledgeable members would soon respond.
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How can you travel with out a ticket even if you know the seat/berth that had ben booked for you?
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post How can you travel with out a ticket even if you know the seat/berth that had ben booked for you?
The name is on the charts and you have a ID proof..!!
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Simple

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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post The name is on the charts and you have a ID proof..!!
Oh really? Well so much to learn. So no panic if I misplace my ticket or leave it at home, just Rs.50 penalty & I am thru?
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Oh really? Well so much to learn. So no panic if I misplace my ticket or leave it at home, just Rs.50 penalty & I am thru?
Dada..I am talking about E-ticket..

I also mentioned...

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No sure about the normal or i-ticket thing. More knowledgeable members would soon respond.
This is from IRCTC site..

http://www.irctc.co.in/cgi-bin/bv60....cehidfhfdfjk.0

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In case the passenger travelling against e-Ticket is not carrying the printed copy of the "Electronic Reservation Slip" during his/her journey, a nominal charge of Rs.50/- is chargeable by the TTE/ Conductor Guard in the train against an excess fare ticket.

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