booking the Rajdani from Delhi to Mumbai

#1 Jan 18th, 2008, 11:58
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My two month trip to India will wind up in Delhi. From there, I'll need to get back to Mumbai to fly home. I've given myself a few days cushion in Mumbai just to make 100% sure I'm sorted before I leave (rushing in a taxi from train to airport = BAD), but I'd still like to pick the fastest and most reliable Delhi-Mumbai train, which I'm guessing is the Rajdani.

How soon in advance will I need to book this if I want to travel on Feb 29 or March 1 (maybe the 2nd if it's full up)? On the one hand, I want to have this over and done with because it's obviously imperative that I get to Mumbai smoothly. On the other hand, it'll be my only AC train trip and thus by far the most expensive. I'd rather not lay out the cash till I really need to.

Should I just bite the bullet and book now?
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Yes you should book it.
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I would say that instead of Rajdhani book a flight..unless of course you are planning to enjoy the train.

The Cheapest train ticket on Rajdhani would be around Rs.1500 for Delhi Mumbai, however you can easily get the air ticket for Rs.2525 (All inclusive) on most of the low cost airlines for Delhi-Mumbai sector..

Train will take around 18 hours, whereas by air it would be less than couple of hours..
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#4 Jan 18th, 2008, 12:25
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There are two Rajdhani trains from delhi to mumbai

Train#2952 departs delhi at 16:30, reaches mumbai at 08:35

Reservation / availability for 1st march (as per your thread) as i just checked is as follows

1A-- alrady in waitlist WL/1, 2A--Available 46 and 3A--Available157

Train#2954 departs delhi at 16:55, arrives mumbai at 10:15

Reservation / availability for 1st march as i just checked

1A--Available just 8, 2A--Available 57 and 3A--Available 200.



March is the begining of the Summer in India and people will buy a/c coach tickets just like hot cake and Delhi--Mumbai is a high density network. There could be some cancellations of the already booked tickets which gives way for waitlisted tickets a "confirmation" but better book your tickes at the earliest.
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epicure u seem to know quite a bit bout the rajdhani
The bookingf status is from railways official site
What i need to know from u is if i book 2 seats on 1a for a particular date will i b automatically alloted a coupe or is there a procedure
Any help from anybody on this query will highly b appreciated
Thanx in anticpation
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there some procedure
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Originally Posted by saajan_20 View Post epicure u seem to know quite a bit bout the rajdhani
The bookingf status is from railways official site
What i need to know from u is if i book 2 seats on 1a for a particular date will i b automatically alloted a coupe or is there a procedure
Any help from anybody on this query will highly b appreciated
Thanx in anticpation
Regards

Saajan



there some procedure
In every 1A Coach, there are cabins in 4 berth / 2berth category where in you can lock the cabins from inside. If there are just 2 passengers and would like to have some privacy, then at booking office, you can tell the reservation clerk to allot the two tickets in the 2 berth cabin so that the reservation clerk will allot to the 2 berth cabin. If you don't specify to the reservation clerk, he may allot tickets for 2 passengers in either 2 berth cabin or 4 berth cabin (which you will share with other two passengers). If you need privacy, you can always tell the reservation clerk to allot the 2 berth cabin for you and other passenger travelling with you. Having said that, if you book through internet, the system may allot either the 4 berth or 2 berth cabin as i guess there is no option in the internet where a passenger can choose the 4 berth or 2 berth cabin.

If you strictly need privacy, then instead of booking through internet, go to booking office and tell the reservatoin clerk to allot 2 berth cabin so that he will do it manually there.

I hope you understood.
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Originally Posted by Epicure View Post If you need privacy, you can always tell the reservation clerk to allot the 2 berth cabin for you and other passenger travelling with you.
I don't think you can "tell" the reservation clerk to allot the 2-berth cabin to you; you can only make a request. Accommodation will be allotted at the time the chart is prepared and, in general, the 2-berth cabins will be allotted appropriately - e.g. to married couples or to two females travelling together. Simply "needing privacy" doesn't really cut it.
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Originally Posted by Mickey S View Post I don't think you can "tell" the reservation clerk to allot the 2-berth cabin to you; you can only make a request. Accommodation will be allotted at the time the chart is prepared and, in general, the 2-berth cabins will be allotted appropriately - e.g. to married couples or to two females travelling together. Simply "needing privacy" doesn't really cut it.

No passenger will tell the reservation clerk that "i need privacy" so please do me a favor. And "in general" as per your post, just because the two passengers travelling are married / two females travelling together, railways don't offer 2 berth cabins. I and my mom travelled in 1A (4berth cabin) which is shared by married couples. If any two passengers would like to have 2 berth cabin, they can always tell ("request") in your case, to the reservation clerk so that if there is a chance ie., 2 berth cabin is not yet alloted, the reservation clerk might help in that regard even though he will not give any assurances.
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Originally Posted by Epicure View Post No passenger will tell the reservation clerk that "i need privacy" so please do me a favor. And "in general" as per your post, just because the two passengers travelling are married / two females travelling together, railways don't offer 2 berth cabins. I and my mom travelled in 1A (4berth cabin) which is shared by married couples. If any two passengers would like to have 2 berth cabin, they can always tell ("request") in your case, to the reservation clerk so that if there is a chance ie., 2 berth cabin is not yet alloted, the reservation clerk might help in that regard even though he will not give any assurances.
I think that is pretty much what I said in my post, so I don't really see the need for the "do me a favor" in there.

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