Radjhani Train 12432

#16 Sep 7th, 2017, 16:34
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Ed and NewWorld.

Forgot to add that i did not get a text from them after completion of booking as i have done in the past. There was also a link after booking to receive an sms. So i clicked that and my number came up. I then clicked to accept sms but as yet (2 days) not sms.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I've never been on a food-included train... Do locals tip the servers? I wouldn't be surprised if they don't.
Do you mean while travelling in Rajdhani? I think they do. On other trains I don't think the staff asks for tips nor the locals tip the staff.
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On the Rajdhani trains it is customary to tip the catering staff at the end of the journey. Someone will appear by miracle just before your stop, with hand extended. I think Rs 100 seems a reasonable tip, and many Indian passengers also seem to pay that amount. Just pay one person, not the whole crew! I paid both my servers as I was in 1st class, and felt I got good service.

Being allocated the coupe at the last moment was "normal", rather than a TTE favour, although it was a bonus of course. The 1st class berths are not allocated until a few hours before departure, no mater how far ahead you book... Or at least that was the way it worked in the past.

No tips on H. Niz station, other than the area in front, where the taxi's arrive seems like a big traffic jam all the time, much worse than New Delhi. I have only departed once from H. Niz in the early morning, quite a scrum, but arrived there a couple of times from Trivandrum. Didn't hang about, just wanted to get to hotel! Taxi to New Delhi station from there was about Rs300, (tourist price!). Best advice is to leave a little extra time in case the traffic is snarled up in the station area.


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Ed. Yes that is very sound advice. I'll have my wife with me too. She hasn't really understood the concept of travelling light sadly. I used to be a very spontaneous guy but nowadays have to be a bit more planned. Especially with hotels etc. I am 70 now and like yourself have suffered some health issues. But i am still around the tell the tale and up for travel albeit a tad different from the old bygone days.
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Being able and willing to go back to India at age 70 is pretty impressive, enjoy the experience, however you can manage it!
If I do go again this year, I may not do quite so much hanging out of moving train doors to grab a few shots. Mind you, at 65, still a youngster compared to some.

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Thanks Ed. I guess you're as old as you feel! Shame that is not a constant though. Can change from day to day! Always difficult getting travel insurance too when one has had the Big C amongst other ailments too! I was determined not to let that deter me though. I don't do as much as i used to now.
I have come to the conclusion that the more you see the more you forget!
The only reason for going to Delhi is to take my wife to see the Taj Mahal. Fly in from Birmingham via dubai. Overnight in Delhi. Train to Agra- overnight there and train back later that afternoon. Overnight Delhi then Radjhani train to Goa. Just thought going by train would help me to gather my thoughts as they say. I have no desire to really see what Delhi has to offer. Dont want to do toooo much.
After arriving in Madgaon we will go to Colva and stay at a nice littel oasis type small hotel more or less in centre and close to beach. Many foreigners dislike Colva but that's up to them. We love it. It was the first place i went to in Goa in 1978 and stayed in an old Portuguese house with a lovely sister and her two brothers. All part of my history revisited!
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Cheers Pete,
I like to fly from Birmingham too, I can get to Birmingham easily from Nottingham by train, so that all works well for me.
I don't bother with insurance, just make sure I have a few quid for a sudden flight home if I need it! They rachet up the costs so much when you have had a few ailments, don't they? (I had one quote for over 750) !
Sounds like you saw Goa in the best of times, I did not visit myself, back in the day.

Best wishes for your trip,

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PS Keep us informed of the train booking progress!
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This is the first time we have used Birmingham airport. We will be driving from Newport. Parking seems easy enough too and have booked that. We normally travel to airports by train but always wish we had driven when arriving back in cold Blighty end of February. Plus my wife's inability to grasp the concept of travelling light too.

Yes being in Goa back in 78 was a real treat. Virtually no tourists bar us travelling backpackers- although I was a tad older than the average backpacker then. Army commitment prior to that. No Konkan railway and no airport. The paddle steamer from Mumbai was a real treat. Unroll sleeping bag and sleep on deck. Wonderful.
I stayed in old Portuguese house. Lovely old run down one. Two brothers and a sister owned it.
I have visited the house a few times on previous trips. On first occasion i was worried they would not recognise or remember me. However due to an incident that happened during my 3 week stay with them- they remembered me instantly and called me - ah it's you Mr Peter! Brought me close to tears!
Sadly the two brothers have died a couple of years ago and Clementine the sister is still alive. I visited her last year. It looked to me as though she was in early stages of dementia but still knew me. I shall pop along next February to visit her again.
Oh dear- sorry to rattle on but memories tend to flood back!
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post When I visited India in 1983, to buy something in a shop, you had to deal with about 4 different people, sales, cash, pack, security, double check, etc...
The Defence Bakery may have a fancy website now but if you go to their original shop in Defence Colony you are propelled back into the sixties (established 1962!) and a "Socialistic Pattern of Society". Buy a bun there and you have to queue three times: the first time for placing your order, the second time for payment and the third time for actually getting the bun. Each time the (invariably male) person on the other side of the counter makes you feel you are wasting his time.
The only difference is that 50 years on the bun is priced in Rupees and not in Paise.
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Hi Ed
Been a while since I visited this site. Sorry.
As regards my Radjhani train booking. Wasn't as simple as i thought it would be but eventually got there. I started to book via Cleartrip once booking became available. All seemed to be going ok. Selected senior citizens. Given the senior citizen prices. Thought I had a result till I continued. I had to give username etc and was then linked to IRCTC. That is when the fare was increased to the full rate. I then tried to book but just could not. Kept getting an error page.
I then gave up and logged directly onto IRCTC site. That is when the problem was found. As was mentioned in previous posts- it was the UK mobile number. It just would not recognise it so I changed it. Remembering what I had read before- I used my wife's number. Bingo after that.
I thought that i would continue to book on IRCTC site BUT it would not then allow me to use my debit or credit card.

I then went back to Cleartrip site and started the process again. got as far as the link to IRCTC and then entered username etc. This time the same payment page came up and it did allow me to pay with either Debit or credit card. A text went to my wife's phone and an email to me. Phew!! I did almost consider throwing the towel in and flying to Goa! Glad i persevered!
Anyway got there in the end.

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Cheers for the update, Pete, glad you got it sorted in the end, a lesser man would have given up! I assume you are still waiting to go to India, or maybe you have already been and come back?

All the best!

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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post The only difference is that 50 years on the bun is priced in Rupees and not in Paise.
Hope they have made a fresh batch of buns and is not 50 years old
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Cheers for the update, Pete, glad you got it sorted in the end, a lesser man would have given up! I assume you are still waiting to go to India, or maybe you have already been and come back?

All the best!

Ed.
Not been yet Ed. Fly out from Birmingham on 7th February. Managed also without a problem to book trains Delhi to Agra and back too.
Looking forward to it now. Will report back when I return. ☺

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