Delhi - Trivandrum (Kerala) by train

#1 Jan 2nd, 2008, 23:30
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Hi there,

we are planing to go by train from Delhi to Trivandrum. We are
arriving at the 02. february 2008 in Delhi. Someone did this trip and can tell us his experience? Is it a nice journey and is it possible to see something from the outside (AC-2-tier and AC-3tier has a small and black window?)? Which class to book to recognize something from the outside? If it is a lot of hassle we prefer to go by plane and not wasting time. Is it possible
to interrupt the journey and stay in a place for maybe a day or two without buying a new ticket?

We are staying for four weeks in India.

Thanks and regards.
Hugo
#2 Jan 3rd, 2008, 00:17
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The fastest Train is Rajdhani one of India's premier trains, smart, fully air-conditioned and fully reserved, all food and drinks are included in the Fare and it would take more than 36 hours..

Two important trains which runs daily are :-

2618 +MNGLA LKSDP EXP It takes around 49 hours between H Nizamuddin station in Delhi to Ernakulam in Kerala

2626 +KERALA EXPRESS It takes around 51 hours to reach trivandrum

Its better to get a flight to Trivandrum from delhi. Max Time taken will be 5hrs including 1hr stop at Mumbai

It also depends what you would like to see if you break your journey.If you travel in A/C II OR III, the windows may be so smudged and dirty that you won't be able to see anything. In Sleeper class-non AC, the windows are just bars with shutters( metallic & glass) you can open and close.In the second class compartments, things can get lil bit difficult for some inexperienced travellers.
Shatabdi and Mangala take the konkan route through the western costal area and Goa and there the landscape turns really nice. Its very green and you may be able to spot some waterfalls in Oct. The Rajdhani has big window panes that don't block the view, though through the tinted glass everything seems a little dull. Food is OK - fresh, a little spicy.

So the choice is yours have adventure(unplanned) during your Train Journey or save time thru Flight Journey and spend that time holidaying in Kerala.
#3 Jan 3rd, 2008, 00:32
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51 hours on a train!

Sheeeeesh.....

Fly!
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I've taken the Kerala express from Delhi to Trivandrum before and it was great - really hot though! I went in sleeper class, as smartguy says above the windows are often smeared/hard to see through so I thought I'd enjoy the view. You get used to the warmth pretty quickly when you know you're stuck on the train for 2 days!
It was great to see the changing scenery as we went further south, and the food at the different stations was awesome - I'd consider doing it all over again just for the food.

This was all during a 6 month trip though, so I had nothing but time. If you're trying to fit more into your trip and/or don't absolutely love travelling by train, Deccan's got some pretty cheap flights going.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post 51 hours on a train!

Sheeeeesh.....

Fly!
Oh no.... I am sorry, I really disagree.
Travelling by train is really the best and most comfortable way to discover India

And even in the AC classes you can see the landscape, you just can't take pictures through the windows. But you can stand at the open door for sometime, to feel the heat And you can chat with fellow passengers, especially in sleeper class and 2 AC.

As long as your intention is not only to go from point A to B, but to take the trip as an experience, I would go for the train.
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E-Ticket booking

Hi there,

first, thanks to all. Specially to smartguy (for the helpful information to find a train) and guerik and federica.

We decided to take the Rajdani Express.

Someone knows how e-ticket booking is working? Is it really so easy to book over the internet and print out the ticket? No extra action is necessary for reserving?

Only tickets for Class 2A are available. I supose this is a sleeper class, but I canīt find information about it.

We are both smokers. Someone knows if it possible to smoke somewhere in the train (not to smoke for 36 hours will be hard)?

Looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks.
Hugo
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Originally Posted by hugo_monte View Post Hi there,

Only tickets for Class 2A are available. I supose this is a sleeper class, but I canīt find information about it.

We are both smokers. Someone knows if it possible to smoke somewhere in the train (not to smoke for 36 hours will be hard)?

Looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks.
Hugo
Hi Hugo
2AC is air-con sleeper class, with 4 bunks in a compartment and 2 more side sleepers along the aisle, so 6 people "together".
Yes you can smoke, if you just step out into the passage between cars which is a non-AC area, and where the doors open on both sides.
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For an idea of train classes: http://www.seat61.com/India.htm#classes

A regular mistake is that only "Sleeper Class" can be slept in; it just denotes the second-lowest class, what you'd consider 2nd class. Most other classes have berthing arrangements as well.

On E-tickets and stuff, try http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...s-guide-t4305/, or possibly Nuts & Bolts of online registration for railway ticket booking. , or other links provided in Train information .
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I can vouch for the journey from Goa down to Tivandrum on the 2432 Rajdhani Exp there was not that much to see,and then it starts to get dark and you see nothing.The food served was o.k but not hot enough, I try to avoid food that has not been heated up properly, I had a bottle of water to clean the train window as they are useually filthy, it gave us a bit of a view, but if you use 1st A/C the windows have a smokey view through them. By the way I asked for cold milk for my tea as they gave me it very hot, after about half an hour they brough me the same milk back that had cooled down, absolutly no use for tea, but great fun, if you like a nice cup of tea and crnflakes in the morning take a little flask with some cold milk. a few creature comforts now and then maybe?
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Originally Posted by federica View Post And you can chat with fellow passengers, especially in sleeper class and 2 AC.
Sorry, I wanted to say "in sleeper class and 3AC". 2AC is the most expensive class with more privacy.

Can't answer your smoking on the train question... but in Kerala smoking in public is not allowed... I am not talking about public buildings, I am talking about "in public".... you can be fined for smoking on the streets!
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Originally Posted by hugo_monte View Post Hi there,

first, thanks to all. Specially to smartguy (for the helpful information to find a train) and guerik and federica.

We decided to take the Rajdani Express.

Someone knows how e-ticket booking is working? Is it really so easy to book over the internet and print out the ticket? No extra action is necessary for reserving?

Only tickets for Class 2A are available. I supose this is a sleeper class, but I canīt find information about it.

We are both smokers. Someone knows if it possible to smoke somewhere in the train (not to smoke for 36 hours will be hard)?

Looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks.
Hugo
Smoking and taking alcohol is prohibited in trains and railway stations. Though some irresponsible people do it in the toilets and standing at the coach doors, if found by the security or the railway staff, the passenger has to pay a heavy fine. And in trains like Rajdhani, you find upper middle class and affluent and matured people who might object it upfront. And our politicians do some times travel in trains like rajdhani with armed guards who might not spare if found smoking. Just be careful
#12 Feb 29th, 2008, 15:56
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Travelled on the Rajdhani express to goa from trivandrum and back this month 1st A/C l saw people in the train smoking and no problems they seemed to mainly be between the coaches, as for smoking in the street all indians smoke anywhere as do the tourist,l doubt that there is a law on smoking, also it will not be used.l would worry more about the smog emmited from allmost every vehicle. a non smoker myself l have spent a lot of time in Kovalam and goa and would be only too pleased to help with information on the areas.

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