Shatabdi Express (Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi)

#1 Jul 6th, 2009, 18:58
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I am planning to book return tickets (e-tickets) on this train.

We will be taking the Shatabdi express at 15:25pm from NDLS to Haridwar.
The return journey from Haridwar departs around 6.00 am to Delhi.

What are the best seat options? Should I buy 1st class or A/C chair?

Will I be allowed to take my luggage into the same compartment where we will be seating or the luggage is stored in a separate compartment?

If the luggage is stored in a separate compartment them will it be safe and will I have enough time to collect the luggage when the train arrives at Haridwar?

Do they provide any food or drinks on board? Or should we eat our food prior to getting on board?
#2 Jul 6th, 2009, 19:11
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I am planning to book return tickets (e-tickets) on this train.

We will be taking the Shatabdi express at 15:25pm from NDLS to Haridwar.
The return journey from Haridwar departs around 6.00 am to Delhi.

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What are the best seat options? Should I buy 1st class or A/C chair?
Both work quite well - think of sleeper as like a flat bed.

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Will I be allowed to take my luggage into the same compartment where we will be seating or the luggage is stored in a separate compartment?
If your baggage is moderate (airline baggage - a couple of handbags and two large bags) then you may carry to the same compartment. If you have anything larger (a bicycle, or something like that) then you will need to register in into the separate compartment. I've never had to do it, but I'd imagine it means you need to get to the station early...

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If the luggage is stored in a separate compartment them will it be safe and will I have enough time to collect the luggage when the train arrives at Haridwar?
Dunno - maybe someone who has had recent experience in this?

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Do they provide any food or drinks on board? Or should we eat our food prior to getting on board?
The cost of a Shatabdi ticket includes meals, and tea and some snacks. You won't have much of a choice so pack some food if you have special dietary needs.
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Originally Posted by sks551 View Post I am planning to book return tickets (e-tickets) on this train.

We will be taking the Shatabdi express at 15:25pm from NDLS to Haridwar.
The return journey from Haridwar departs around 6.00 am to Delhi.

What are the best seat options? Should I buy 1st class or A/C chair?

Will I be allowed to take my luggage into the same compartment where we will be seating or the luggage is stored in a separate compartment?

If the luggage is stored in a separate compartment them will it be safe and will I have enough time to collect the luggage when the train arrives at Haridwar?

Do they provide any food or drinks on board? Or should we eat our food prior to getting on board?
AC chair car is good enough on the Shatabdi.
In the morning you will be served tea and then breakfast.
In the evening they serve high tea which includes some snacks such as sandwitches or 'samosas'. Packaged drinking water and juice is also provided. And a newspaper to read.
Luggage goes into the overhead storage space near your seat, in the same compartment.
Enjoy your trip.
Cost of food is included in the ticket price.
#4 Jul 7th, 2009, 00:34
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We will be taking the Shatabdi express at 15:25pm from NDLS to Haridwar. The return journey from Haridwar departs around 6.00 am to Delhi.
This is Janshatabdi and not Shatabdi express. The Delhi-Haridwar-Dehradun Shatabdi Express leaves Delhi in the morning.

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What are the best seat options? Should I buy 1st class or A/C chair?
Janshatabdi has doesn't have 1C, it has ordinary (i.e. Non AC) Chair Car and AC chair car. For Janshatabdi gor for AC Chair Car.

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Will I be allowed to take my luggage into the same compartment where we will be seating or the luggage is stored in a separate compartment?
If you have too much luggage, yo may keep it in the luggage van. It will travel with you only and you'll be given time to unload the luggage. If you are carrying manageable luggage (which in India can mean an entire household ) You may carry it with you in your cabin itself.

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Do they provide any food or drinks on board? Or should we eat our food prior to getting on board?
No ! Not on Janshatabdis. However, Vendors will sell Wafers (potato chips), Sodas, Cakes and many other eatables.

It's advisable to carry your own food stuff on Janshatabdis.
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#5 Jul 7th, 2009, 01:16
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I think Delhiwala has covered it pretty well. It is indeed Jan-Shatabdi. I'll add my perspective as my wife and I take this train every time we visit India as my parents live in Haridwar.

I believe there are two fair level AC chair cars in this train. One has 2 seats on each side (called executive-chair car) and costs a bit more than the other fare level that has 3 seats on each side of the aisle (called chair car). I do not believe there is a non-AC option, as I'd much prefer that (to open the windows and see outside).

Luggage space is a problem. Last time we checked, there was no separate luggage car in which the luggage could be checked. And, the chair car has little space for luggage except the overhead racks that are too small and get taken rather quickly. There is space behind the seats at the end of the car, but that too is a matter of luck. If someone can confirm that there is a luggage car (I do not know how one finds that out for sure), I sure would be interested in the procedure for checking the luggage in.

I like the train, but the number and frequency of vendors coming by selling everything imaginable gets to be rather annoying.
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I believe there are two fair level AC chair cars in this train. One has 2 seats on each side (called executive-chair car) and costs a bit more than the other fare level that has 3 seats on each side of the aisle (called chair car). I do not believe there is a non-AC option, as I'd much prefer that (to open the windows and see outside).
No ! Delhi-Dehradun Janshatabdi has only one 2 X 2 AC coach, all other coaches are 3 X 3 non AC coaches.

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Luggage space is a problem. Last time we checked, there was no separate luggage car in which the luggage could be checked.
Ask the porters ! They will guide you to it.

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chair car has little space for luggage except the overhead racks that are too small and get taken rather quickly.
Right !

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I sure would be interested in the procedure for checking the luggage in.
Pack and mark your luggage well, reach at least 60 Mins. early. Take the help from porters, they'll find the booking guy, get it booked and loaded onto the train, all for a small fee.

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I like the train, but the number and frequency of vendors coming by selling everything imaginable gets to be rather annoying.
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post No ! Delhi-Dehradun Janshatabdi has only one 2 X 2 AC coach, all other coaches are 3 X 3 non AC coaches.
I stand corrected. I remember the windows don't open in the 3x3 coaches and I somehow correlate that to the coach being air conditioned. In the winter, it hardly matters as the temperatures are quite moderate, and I dislike AC except in the real extreme situations.

I will indeed ask the porters again about the luggage car! That's what I did the last time when I learned otherwise.

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Thanks delhiwala for your helpful reply.
Kmalik, I appreciate you comments as well.

I’ll try to make the train booking today. I think we will go for 2xAC seats. Janshatabdi is bookable 3 months ahead. I better do the booking as soon as possible before seats run out.

I am still a bit worried about the luggage storage. As we will be flying from London, we will have two big airline suitcases 25kgs each and two small cabin bags. Hopefully porters will help us loading them on the train. If the suitcases are stored in the luggage compartment will I have enough time to unload them from the train? The train only stops 5 minutes at Haridwar. Also, is it safe to leave the suitcases out of sight in the luggage compartment?
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Red face

I was trying to book couple e-tickets for 6th Oct on Janshatabdi on http://www.irctc.co.in/ website. After putting all the details and everything it reported "dates are outside ARP".
Does any one have any idea what that means? I thought I am able to book these tickets 3 months ahead of the travel date.
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Originally Posted by sks551 View Post I was trying to book couple e-tickets for 6th Oct on Janshatabdi on http://www.irctc.co.in/ website. After putting all the details and everything it reported "dates are outside ARP".
Does any one have any idea what that means? I thought I am able to book these tickets 3 months ahead of the travel date.
It means that your travel date is still outside the advance reservation period. Just check on the same website the rules regarding the reservation period.
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Two suitcases of 25 KGs and two handbags Should not pose any problem. Reach little early and occupy your seats well in time. Hire a porter for doing the same, he will place it on overhead storage for you.

You can prebook a ticket 90 days ahead of your travel.
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Or try last seat near door double seat to swap . there is room behind seat for bag which i used last time for my main bag.
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It appears I am one day too early to book our train tickets.
The web site lets me book tickets for 5th Oct and not 6th.
I’ll try again tomorrow.

Delhiwala: I am not sure how much time we will have from flight landing to catching the train. If there is no flight delay then we will have 3.5 hours from landing to catching the train. I am hoping to pre-book a taxi to take us to the NDLS station which will save some time there. If every thing goes according to plan then we will have just over an hour at the station.

Jaws: were you able to book seats on the train? I thought that the seats are assigned by the reservation system and you can not select them.
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Just turn up with any ticket in chair car and swap in train do not bother to worry when booking or if empty seat near door just sit and whoever come request him , her that you got big bag and will be fine.
In india saying please help solves most time seating problems.
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Yeah ! Swapping is easy, unless that man himself is not carrying too much luggage.....
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