Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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#1 May 9th, 2012, 15:55
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Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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This article summarises the process of booking Indian rail tickets from abroad using different websites and processes. The target audience is the novice Indian Railways traveller but the more experienced train traveller in India may also find it useful. This article is frequently updated to keep the information up-to-date and current on booking train tickets online from abroad.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Yes. I think what Dip meant, and the way it works, is indeed a booked ticket will remain standing as a booking for that month, even if canceled later.

(I can never be 100% sure, but I think it refers to the month you're doing the booking in, not the month you're booking for. If, of course, the two differ.)
thanks for the clarification.
I think it refers to the month you're doing the booking in - i'm 100% sure this is the rule...
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I have been told that one can book more than 10 tickets by cancelling the previous tickets till the time one crosses the "9th ticket" mark. That is if I have booked up 1-9 tickets in a single month, I can still keep cancelling my earlier tickets and book subsequent tickets against them.
However, once I reach the landmark of 10 tickets, I would not be able to book any further tickets even after cancelling any of the previously booked tickets.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post I have been told that one can book more than 10 tickets by cancelling the previous tickets till the time one crosses the "9th ticket" mark. That is if I have booked up 1-9 tickets in a single month, I can still keep cancelling my earlier tickets and book subsequent tickets against them.
However, once I reach the landmark of 10 tickets, I would not be able to book any further tickets even after cancelling any of the previously booked tickets.
Hm, interesting. Any way to get a confirmation of this? (And thanks for the above, Paramiyer.)
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Well yeah. If any of us is benevolent enough to book to and fro Rajdhani 1st AC tickets for me (End-End). I would be happy to go out for an all India tour.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post I have been told that one can book more than 10 tickets by cancelling the previous tickets till the time one crosses the "9th ticket" mark. That is if I have booked up 1-9 tickets in a single month, I can still keep cancelling my earlier tickets and book subsequent tickets against them.
However, once I reach the landmark of 10 tickets, I would not be able to book any further tickets even after cancelling any of the previously booked tickets.
thanks for the clarification. this seems to make sense... let me try this out next time (perhaps during vacations) & confirm.

i think it reflects lazy programming (flag a global variable instead of count the booked tickets from database) - but if it helps users, so be it!
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Hi,

I ´ ve made my registration on the indian railway side. I `ve a user ID plus password, but i have no longer ma otp`s but I need them for makemytrip for the last step...what can i do? The indian service write me that i only need the user id plus password...
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It is not possible to use Makemytrip for train tickets from outside India as they will not accept non-Indian debit or credit cards. Try opening a Cleartrip account.
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i`ve already tried cleartrip....1000 times

enter the things from my profile at the indian railway system



Sorry, but we weren't able to process your IRCTC registration. Please check the fields below and try again.
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and after every try...they send me a new e-mail with a new e-mail otp , so know i have 20 e-mails from them;( bu i always choose : Sign in to your existing IRCTC Account
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If you want to book from outside India you have very limited options. They are all covered in #1 of this thread.

There is a lot about Cleartrip registration problems on this thread.

Solving problems with IRCTC/Cleartrip registration

Which fields were highlighted as incorrect?
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none of them only at the top is : Sorry, but we weren't able to process your IRCTC registration. Please check the fields below and try again
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Originally Posted by Tom23 View Post none of them only at the top is : Sorry, but we weren't able to process your IRCTC registration. Please check the fields below and try again
Try using a different browser.
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Hi guys
I'm about to book my 10th ticket, actually I tried but got the message "opps sorry we can't confirm your ticket, but you have been charged.." I guess they couldn't connect to the Irctc servers. So I'm expecting a refund in a few days.

My question is over the 10 tickets a month thing. If I booked all 10 tickets on say Fri. 27th July, Can I book another 10 tickets on Tue. 1st August or do I have to wait until 26th August to book?
Cheers
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Originally Posted by spud View Post My question is over the 10 tickets a month thing. If I booked all 10 tickets on say Fri. 27th July, Can I book another 10 tickets on Tue. 1st August or do I have to wait until 26th August to book?
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Yes, you can. It is 10 tickets in calendar month.
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Update for Amex + irctc users

If you are planning to buy your tickets using an American Express Card via the irctc site you need to be aware that Amex have introduced their own "enhanced security" called Safe Key. The irctc web site requires this to be used for non Indian Amex cards.

The downside is that Safe key has so far only been introduced in the UK, US and Singapore. I can confirm that it works for bookings from the UK. An Australian member has reported that it seems to be causing problems from there.

If anybody can add to this please let us know.
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