Ladies quota / trains

#1 Dec 7th, 2006, 22:22
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Hello,

I've been checking the number of seats 'ladies quota' for a few trains I plan to book next year.

As we are 4 ladies this time, I was thinking 'why not try this one time for a change'!

For instance , I checked train 1078, only 6 seats available.

So, if I book using the ladies quota, does it mean that for sure all of us will be together?

Is it one for steve?

Btw, whith the quick book option you can choose the 'ladies' option, not with regular plan my travel + book

thank you
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Each carriage in SLEEPER CLASS on Indian railways has one compartment which has doors. This is designated the Ladies Compartment. The berths are numbered 1 to 6.
On a first come basis all 4 ladies traveling together will be accommodated together in the same compartment. Otherwise 2 of you may be in one bogey and the other two in the next. However, the bogeys are interconnected and you can walk down between the compartments. It is also possible to make mutual seat adjustments with co-passengers with the help of the TTE- the train ticket examiner.
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Yes, as very rightly told by Sanjay, its served on a first cum first basis. But i would rather suggest there is hardly any difference except for a door in the normal and ladies compartment. which will sometimes not even close . I am sure you would not like compartment right next to toilet.

So rather go for normal seats it all fun, you guys can be together just keep the TTE happy
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Originally Posted by SANJAY_DEL Each carriage in SLEEPER CLASS on Indian railways has one compartment which has doors. This is designated the Ladies Compartment.
I've heard that ONE Sleeper Class carriage per train has a ladies compartment, there is not a ladies compartment in every sleeper class carriage.

Despite using sleeper class 15 - 20 times, I've never saw a ladies compartment in one of the carriages, and I often walk up and down the train.

I have no idea if you can book over the Internet using the ladies quota, it would be interesting to know.
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from Steven: I've heard that ONE Sleeper Class carriage per train has a ladies compartment, there is not a ladies compartment in every sleeper class carriage.

Exactly! Me too , I never noticed such a compartment : this is why I'm asking!

And yes it seems that using the 'quick book' way it is possible to book 'ladies quota' tickets.
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I've also heard that the ladies compartment is usually located in the last Sleeper Class carriage, the one furthest from the engine, this may explain why we've never seen one.
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Guys, you need to enquire and request at the time of booking.
Not all train have ladies quota that's correct..
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Has anyone tried the ladies only carriage?

Or know of someone who has? I'm currently in Madurai and would like to go to Trivandrum...basically just south so I can travel up the coast a bit. I went to the station to book a ticket, and they sold me a spot on the ladies only. I'm a bit nervous as I'm a solo female traveller and India is still very new to me...it's my 3rd day.

All the AC spots are full, so I may just try it...but if anyone has tried it, or knows of someone who has, any info/thought/opinions would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks!!
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I think you are referring to an UNreserved ticket for a Ladies General coach, because there is no separate Ladies coach in any reserved seat category anywhere on Indian railways. These are generally safe and will generally have only women and children in most trains. Some trains also have a Policeman traveling along in the coach. However be careful of your belongings.

If its a Reserved seat under Ladies quota, it is just 2 berths in a other wise Mixed sex reserved coach.

So you need to clarify which of the two is it.
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Originally Posted by hollyandtom View Post Or know of someone who has? I'm currently in Madurai and would like to go to Trivandrum...basically just south so I can travel up the coast a bit. I went to the station to book a ticket, and they sold me a spot on the ladies only. I'm a bit nervous as I'm a solo female traveller and India is still very new to me...it's my 3rd day.

All the AC spots are full, so I may just try it...but if anyone has tried it, or knows of someone who has, any info/thought/opinions would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks!!
There's no real difference in terms of the facilities offered when you book a ticket under the ladies quota vis-a-vis the general quota. The only difference is that a bay of 6* berths is kept aside for women in the lower class of most trains. There is no "privacy door" or anything as some previous posts have suggested - it is just that the people immediately next to you will be women (or male children under 12). Keep in mind that the ladies quota may just be the inner berths - the ones on the side could have men too.

Also, to clear the confusion regarding where the ladies quota seats are located, this varies from train to train, and short of looking at the chart, there's no way to figure out whether a group of ladies sitting in a particular set of berths means these berths are ladies quota berths, or whether it's simply a group of ladies travelling.

For example, in the Varanasi - Jodhpur Marudhar Express, the ladies quota berths are 17-22 in coach S3, in the Trivandrum - Chennai Ananthapuri Express, these berths are 17-22 in S5, on the Howrah - Yesvantpur Duronto, they are 17-22 in S1, on the Bangalore - Chennai Shatabdi they are 1-6 in coach C2...

*can be more than 6 in some trains.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post If its a Reserved seat under Ladies quota, it is just 2 berths in a other wise Mixed sex reserved coach.
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Originally Posted by aloke_m View Post a bay of 6* berths is kept aside for women in the lower class of most trains.
*can be more than 6 in some trains.
Ah Yes, Thank you for correcting me. It is indeed 6 or more.
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Thank you! I'm in coach S4 seat 21, so that sound right. I can't read most of the ticket, so I'm not sure which train I'm on, but the only other train I've been on is the anantapuri from Chennai to Madurai. However, I was in the AC 2 carriage. Is this similar, as far as beds go? Minus the fan of course! Or is it drastically different?

Thanks again for both of your responses!!
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S4 is a Sleeper Coach (Non AC) while AC2 is an AC coach. Sleeper has fans. More here: Sleeper Class details & photos.

You should figure out the train Name/number and travel date just so you don't end up getting into the wrong train.
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Originally Posted by hollyandtom View Post Thank you! I'm in coach S4 seat 21, so that sound right. I can't read most of the ticket, so I'm not sure which train I'm on, but the only other train I've been on is the anantapuri from Chennai to Madurai. However, I was in the AC 2 carriage. Is this similar, as far as beds go? Minus the fan of course! Or is it drastically different?

Thanks again for both of your responses!!
[Looks like I'm constantly crossposting with Narendra!]

Both the Express trains have very bad schedules between Madurai and Trivandrum - the Ananthapuri Express leaves Madurai at 4.20 am reaching Trivandrum at 11.35 am, and the Guruvayur Express leaves Madurai at 4.35 pm to reach Trivandrum at 11.30 pm. The best train is actually the Madurai - Quilon Passenger which leaves Madurai at 11.05 pm and reaches Trivandrum at 6.40 am.

I don't think you've been booked on this train. You could think of switching to this train - it has non-AC First Class. May be a little grubby, but will be spacious.

Sleeper Class is significantly more crowded than 2AC. Read this thread (scroll down to see photos) for more information about Sleeper Class.
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Thank you! It turns out the ticket i have is for the Quilon train. I was feeling a little nervous about it (and hadn't seen your response yet) so I checked train availabilty again, and there was an available seat in AC1 on the Anantapuri express. It was way more than i wanted to spend (especially compared to the 120 rs for the Quilon ticket) but I've had a rough few days so at least this gives me some peace of mind. Or should I say, at least I know what to expect. My only other train trip was on this same train, from Chennai to Madurai, and all of the cockroaches in AC2 made it pretty difficult to relax and sleep.

Also, one question: do all AC carriages actually mean ceiling fan? Or is that maybe just the Anantapuri train? I don't care, just curious, as that was what we had in AC2 on this train a few days ago.

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