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#1 Jul 15th, 2007, 16:38
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Has anyone booked a Shatabdi ticket in the train station on the day of travel?

Can you give details?

As indiamiker's know, tickets for the Shatabdi trains can be booked on the day of travel, a certain number of tickets are held back for 'day of travel' sale, these tickets go on sale 2 hours before the train departs.

A lot of the Shatabdi's depart early in the morning, say 06:10, so tickets go on sale at 04:10 (in the above example), this is before the reservation centres open, and before the International tourist bureau opens.

New Delhi has a lot of Shatabdi's that depart early in the morning.

Can anyone explain how to find the correct ticket window to buy the Shatabdi tickets?

Is there a sign in the window saying that Shatabdi tickets can be booked at that window?

Any information will be very helpful.
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I booked a new delhi-mumbai central rajdhani express ac-2 tier ticket on the day of travel about 2 hours before departure from the ajmeri gate terminal,the status was rac-1 but fortunately for me it got confirmed at the time of boarding the train.
yes there is a special ticket window for the shatabdi trains at the terminus and its written in both english and hindi at the counter itself so no need for any signs as such.
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Hi Steven,
There are no special windows to sell Shatabdi Express tickets before departure as you mentioned. You have to join that long common queue of people paurchasing platform and local tickets.
Instead you can directly approach the TTE of the train and purchase a ticket. This will be much convenient.
I have purchased and seen many purchase tickets for Lucknow Shatabdi express train. It departs at 6.15AM and there are many seats available (atleast I have found seats available each time I have travelled). People arrive directly at platform around half an hour before departure (when train also reaches) and purchase ticket from TTE.
Otherwise why don't you purchase ticket under Tatkaal scheme (I think you need to purchase a day before).
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Oooh, I am very interested to know about the same day tickets from Delhi to Lucknow.
I have travelled on the Lucknow/Delhi Shatadi a few times, which I must say is lovely in First class, so much nicer than any train I have ever been in especially for the price.
However, every time I have got a ticket i have had to go via someone i know who has VIP quota and pay a couple of hundred rupees backsheesh. I'm currently on holiday back in France and will return in a couple of weeks with no ticket reservation yet. I'm eager to know if there is a special window or not.......
if any of you do find one in Delhi please post it here then we can all benefit!
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Originally Posted by vpsingh View Post Hi Steven,
There are no special windows to sell Shatabdi Express tickets before departure as you mentioned.
Otherwise why don't you purchase ticket under Tatkaal scheme (I think you need to purchase a day before).
there is 1 at the ajmeri gate terminus along with the 1 counter for tatkaal seva as well or atleast was when I was there last month.
no you can purchase on the day of departure as well under tatkaal,but make sure you go early in the morning around 08:00 hrs when the reservation counter is open.

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Originally Posted by Victoria View Post However, every time I have got a ticket i have had to go via someone i know who has VIP quota and pay a couple of hundred rupees backsheesh.Victoria
the vip/mp quota application form which one had to submit at rail-bhavan around central secretariat is no longer available now.
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I think the question here is how do you go about it at a time when all the normal counters are closed (?)

If memory serves me right they'll open whenever a train is due to arrive and hence ticket-selling commences, but I'm not quite sure. For lack of that, dealing with some ambulant TTE/ticket inspector I also seem to remember yes. But at a place like New Delhi station? I also seem to remember being confused there about what counter handled which tickets precisely. I think they'd be signposted but it could still involve quite some searching and/or language problems; at some stations some of those "special ticket" counters would be illogically tucked away on some platform I think, in Delhi too I believe.
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There are loads of individual windows on both entrances of the New Delhi Station. They have the name of the shatabdi train they are selling tickets for above. There is no way to know which side to go.

When I booked a Ajmer shatabdi ticket it happened to be Ajmer gate. Agra Shatabdi was Parhargaj side.

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Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll have a good look around New Delhi station next time I'm in Delhi.

The Chennai-Bangalore Shatabdi had it's own kiosk next to the platform at Chennai Central station, I noticed it about 3 hours into my first visit to India, but that was about 6 years ago so I don't know if it's still there.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll have a good look around New Delhi station next time I'm in Delhi.

The Chennai-Bangalore Shatabdi had it's own kiosk next to the platform at Chennai Central station, I noticed it about 3 hours into my first visit to India, but that was about 6 years ago so I don't know if it's still there.
It is still there. There are separate counters for Shatabdi express Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore at chennai and even at Bangalore and Mysore. While i was working in Bangalore, i booked the ticket for Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi upto Chennai after arriving at sation at around 3:50pm (scheduled departure at bangalore is 4:25pm) and while returning, i got the ticket at chennai around 5:30am (sheduled departure at chennai is 6:am). I did it for about four times and once i booked for shatabdi between Bangalore-Mysore just 20min before departure.

There will be separate counters for Shatabdi and JanShatabdi , just you need to ask somebody at the railway station.

And, Steven, you can get the ticket for shatabdi till the time of departure provided you are able to board the train. Many times while i was working in Bangalore, i booked the tickets for Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi at the counter before few minutes from the departure of the train. For Shatabi trains, i never booked in advance as i have the opportunity to book it at the separate counter at the last moment.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Has anyone booked a Shatabdi ticket in the train station on the day of travel?

Can you give details?

As indiamiker's know, tickets for the Shatabdi trains can be booked on the day of travel, a certain number of tickets are held back for 'day of travel' sale, these tickets go on sale 2 hours before the train departs.

A lot of the Shatabdi's depart early in the morning, say 06:10, so tickets go on sale at 04:10 (in the above example), this is before the reservation centres open, and before the International tourist bureau opens.

New Delhi has a lot of Shatabdi's that depart early in the morning.

Can anyone explain how to find the correct ticket window to buy the Shatabdi tickets?

Is there a sign in the window saying that Shatabdi tickets can be booked at that window?

Any information will be very helpful.

Normally, there is a "Current Reservation" counter at all major stations (especially terminals). There are counters for Shatabdi Express also (in some).

This facility is available for Jan Shatabdi Express trains also. In some Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains, a whole compartment is kept for this current reservation.
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Originally Posted by Bhaswaran View Post This facility is available for Jan Shatabdi Express trains also. In some Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains, a whole compartment is kept for this current reservation.
I didn't know this also applied to Jan Shatabdis, interesting.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post I didn't know this also applied to Jan Shatabdis, interesting.

Yes, I also did not knew earlier, but I did notice it when I travelled by the Howrah-Barabil Jan Shatabdi Express from Howrah. The front coach was kept for current reservation.
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At the new delhi railway station on the paharganj side(outside platform no. 1) there is a office... written "CURRENT RESERVATION" in block letters....its open 24 hrs...simply go in and there are 2-3 counters especially reserved for shatabdi and jan-shtabadi current tickets....

this office can been seen very clearly when you come in through a taxi or any means...

or else coming from ajmeri gate side(platform no. 12) take the foot over bridge near the ATM and wimpy's.... walk down to the end and use the escalator's to come down...get out of the place and turn right.....walk a bit more on the road and look right..voila its there

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Excellent first post, Setu!

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Thanks for the info Setu, welcome to indiamike.com
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