Is AC Chair Car okay for night travel?

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Hello India Mikers! I'm wanting to take an overnight train from Kolkata to Delhi, and the only train that has any availability is an AC Chair Car. Suspiciously, there are about 600 seats available on this, whereas everything is deeply waitlisted, even sleeper. Cleartrip looks as though it will allow me to book these tickets, but I wanted to double check here to see if there's any reason these wouldn't work! aside from comfort and such! Thanks for any help.
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If you are looking at train 12249 Yuva Express I would suggest that it is not a good train for a solo female traveller. It is aimed at the young unemployed and migrant labour markets. If you are a non Indian passport holder you should have no difficulty getting a ticket in Foreign Tourist Quota in Kolkata. When do you get there? When do you plan to travel?
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Hey, thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I am traveling with my boyfriend, we're in India now, and we're looking to do this overnight trip on the 24th. We'd booked trains before this, and had planned to stop in Agra along the way - but had to reschedule stuff around because we just found out about the Taj Mahal being closed on Fridays >_< how far in advance is it possible to get the tourist quota tickets?
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er, how far in advance *should* we try to get these tourist tickets, that is? We won't get to Kolkata until the 19th!
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OK.

I still wouldn't recommend the Yuva as it could be pretty rowdy and an overnight trip in a chair car will be pretty uncomfortable. FTQ can be booked from 120 days before travel. This link (if it works) shows availability for the 24th. http://indiarailinfo.com/search/1/0/...2845484&full=0

The green bricks to the right of the page indicate available. Hover your cursor over the brick to get the details. You can only book these tickets at an International Desk. The one in Kolkata is at 8 Fairlie Place near BBD Bagh. There are others in mainly major centres in India.

ADD - The 19th should be OK. I had a quick look and there is still availability for tomorrow on several trains.
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Thanks a ton, Dave! This site is so helpful
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no night travel in ac
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Originally Posted by harish2012 View Post no night travel in ac


I'm not sure what you mean here. Indian Railways runs hundreds of overnight trains with AC Coaches.
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As mentioned by Dave, AC Chair Car travel for a night journey isn't too much fun, especially if you have trouble sleeping sitting up (Like I do). I am sure you will manage to get tickets on some train under the Foreign Tourist Quota (The Rajdhani and Duronto Expresses between Howrah and New Delhi have FTQ in Second and Third AC - the main Rajdhani also has FTQ in First AC)
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I would disagree here. Even this train is aimed at providing economic transport to the unemployed youth, the catch is that this train is used by quite a number of decent and even upper class passengers.
Owing to the unused Yuva Quota, large number of seats gets confirmed (If Waitlisted) during chart preparation. Just Like Tatkal Quota for Garib Rath Yuva Trains are the last resort for any passenger.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post I would disagree here. Even this train is aimed at providing economic transport to the unemployed youth, the catch is that this train is used by quite a number of decent and even upper class passengers.
Owing to the unused Yuva Quota, large number of seats gets confirmed (If Waitlisted) during chart preparation. Just Like Tatkal Quota for Garib Rath Yuva Trains are the last resort for any passenger.
good point. have not traveled in yuva or GR CC, but in GR sleeper, i am yet to see a real 'garib' enjoying the luxury of ac at subsidized rates...
the only thing to keep in mind is that GR CC or yuva has 3+3 seats in a row (instead of the 2+3 in regular AC chaircar), so it might be as congested as a 2S in jan-shatabdi & one hopes the ac works well enough...

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