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#1 May 21st, 2007, 22:10
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I searched - really - but can't find an answer to this question:

is it permissable/possible to carry a small animal container containing a small quiet dog on any class of indian train?

thanks in advance.
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Only in First Class, both air-con and none air-con, though non air-con is rare these days.

You also have to have all berths booked, 4 in a cabin or 2 in a coupe (and you'd be guarenteed a coupe).

The charge for the dog is very small, about Rs50.

Air con First Class (1A) is bloody expensive, but the old non air-con First Class (FC) is the bargain of Indian Railways, a wonderful class.

What routes are you thinking of using? (I'll let you know if there are any non air-con carriages on that route).
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thanks steven. we are planning to go from Ernakalum to Canacona within the next five days.

where is the coupe? I don't think I've evereen it.

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Originally Posted by Dr. Gajaprishthakara View Post where is the coupe?
1AC and FC (non-AC 1st) only ... There are a couple of 2 berth 'coupes' as well as the 4 berth cabins. The number of coupes depends on the configuration of the train (for instance there are less if 2A and 1A are in the same carriage).

A dog is the only sure way of getting one, according to the Ts and Cs (as Steven said above). They also try to give them to husband and wife.
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Originally Posted by Dr. Gajaprishthakara View Post thanks steven. we are planning to go from Ernakalum to Canacona within the next five days.

where is the coupe? I don't think I've evereen it.

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In a First Class carriage, there will be a mixture of 4-berth cabins and 2-berth coupes.

Sadly, no old First Class carriages on that route, and very few air-con First Class as well.

I don't know if a dog can be put in the luggage van, my heart tells me no, but I feel sure that I've read that you can, just cant remember where I read it, but I may be wrong.

There is only First Class air con on the Rajdhani, and there are no berths available till next Tuesday, and they will cost Rs2330 per person just to get you to Karwar.

How fast can the dog run?
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Originally Posted by ba9rn View Post A dog is the only sure way of getting one, according to the Ts and Cs (as Steven said above). They also try to give them to husband and wife.
A baby is another guaranteed way of securing a coupe, but planning for that train journey may need to start a good 9 months in advance.
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ouch. by then the monsoon will be descending. nothing on the tourist qouta? blind circus workers?
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Originally Posted by Dr. Gajaprishthakara View Post ouch. by then the monsoon will be descending. nothing on the tourist qouta? blind circus workers?
There's already 5 on the waitlist, the train only runs 2 days a week, I checked all quotas.

Can get you up to Mangalore in Old First Class (with availability), but how would you get from there?

Bus to Karwar maybe?

6329, daily, Ernakulam town 23:45 Mangalore 10:10

22nd 2 berths available
23rd 2 berths available
24th 8 berths available

FC = Rs570 per person
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Steven... there is a dog cage in the luggage or guard's (I forget) compartment. But it is first-come first-served.

When my previous (and much-loved) neighbours returned to their home town, they found the doggy-space taken. Their man had to take the dog home for the night and send it on another train next day.

(Dog's name is Peace; sometimes we would sit on the stairs and look out the window together....)
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brilliant! thank you!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Steven... there is a dog cage in the luggage or guard's (I forget) compartment. But it is first-come first-served.

When my previous (and much-loved) neighbours returned to their home town, they found the doggy-space taken. Their man had to take the dog home for the night and send it on another train next day.

(Dog's name is Peace; sometimes we would sit on the stairs and look out the window together....)
Thats good to know.

Dr. I suggest you pop down the station in the morning and make enquiries.

But the FC carriage to Mangalore is an opportunity not to be missed, those last few hours of daylight as you approach Mangalore in an FC coupe with no windows blocking you view, will give you some great memories.
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I'm just chuffed to have been able to tell you something about an Indian train!

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I'll enjoy it while it lasts; doubt that it'll ever happen again

I checked out the info, by the way, in my Southern Railway timetable, the last time this topic came up --- it is there, so you'll probably find it in one of your timetable collection. Can't give you a reference... don't know where the book is after the ove.
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I have carried dogs (two max) on trains a few times. Last about six years ago.

There was no rule that a coupe or a four seater compartment had to be booked... specially for a small dog in a basket. But it is much preferable, in case other passengers complain. Also better coz you can shut the door and have the dog run around, instead of being cooped up.

I would avoid the brake van ... its the same van luggage is put in, will probably be stifling.

Costs are not much, dont rem... and even less for 'dog in basket'

If your dog is sociable you can even take him for a walk on platforms en route. I did.
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4 years ago from Delhi to Bodhgaya by train

i was traveling with some Tibetans that had their small dog with them inside the train.This happened due to the forthcoming Kalachakra initiation and they carried their dog from America!!!!Quite impressive isn`t it???After a couple of days while attending the initiation i saw the same woman again with her dog just sitting at the back of me and attended the initiation. Very beautiful.
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Originally Posted by pantelis View Post i was traveling with some Tibetans that had their small dog with them inside the train.This happened due to the forthcoming Kalachakra initiation and they carried their dog from America!!!!Quite impressive isn`t it???After a couple of days while attending the initiation i saw the same woman again with her dog just sitting at the back of me and attended the initiation. Very beautiful.
I had read your thread about carrying a dog on a train. I want to travel with my Great Dane from Bandra to Faridabad by Paschim Express in the third week of June. I sent an enquiry to irctc.co.in about reservation of a coupe and I received a curt reply stating that a dog is not allowed to travel with any other passenger when all I wanted was a two-berth coupe in First Ac for my wife and myself and our dog. Could you help me ? I dont want to put her in the guard's luggage van.

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