Should I really book all my train tickets way in advance?

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I've booked my trains between Mumbai and Goa on Cleartrip- bought my tickets there the day they went on sale and got the ones I wanted, for the return journey I booked a bit later and am on the waitlist, which hasn't moved. However I booked 1AC tickets, which there aren't many of. After a good few days deliberation I decided to book back-ip tickets on the sleeper class on the same train and these were available, but many of the other lower class tickets had huge waiting lists. I guess what I'm trying to say is figure out when they go on sale, get them as soon as possible, but there is the odd chance you might get lucky at a later date!
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Registered and Ist Train booked

So finally has my Clear Trip / IRCTC account set up and has booked my first train journey in AC2 Delhi to Varanasi.

Easy after the set up ordeal.

However, needs some advice. Has another 6 weeks to fill and is not sure i want every detail of the 6 weeks organised and would prefer the flexibility to travel as and when.

So just planning as you go along, booking train journeys as and when. Realises there are wait lists and foreigner tickets available at short notice. Plan the rest of the 6 weeks or wing it, even if that means jumping aboard general boarding ?
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Notices I answered rather than posting new thread and many answers are there . Apologises and ponders.




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So just planning as you go along, booking train journeys as and when. Realises there are wait lists and foreigner tickets available at short notice. Plan the rest of the 6 weeks or wing it, even if that means jumping aboard general boarding ?
I have never used the general class.
But between major destinations there are (sleeper) buses, which you can reserve on a short notice.
For distances up to 200 - 300 km we also traveled by ordinary buses.

Always reserve your last train to the town from where you fly back.
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I used general a couple of times, I could reccomand it for short journeys, 3 hours or less. I was forced to take a 7 hour journey of this once, I had to stand all the way, never again!

Anyone any experiance with hanging a hammock in the train? Could be a sweet solution for general

I have now just booked one train from Mumbai to Pushkar around Holi, I can't work out my further plans yet so I think I'll just go for the adventurous way and don't book anything else. I got to say even tough busses aren't realy comfortable you do see more of India, of you know what I mean. A bus goes all the way through townd and villages where trains mostly just pass through.

I'm sorry for my hazy explanation
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Anyone any experiance with hanging a hammock in the train? Could be a sweet solution for general
I've seen hammock type solutions for kids on Indian trains, just a sheet stretched and tied.

It's an interesting idea, and I'd love to know if it works, however.

It would need to be at the level of the luggage racks/upper berths, and the fans would get in the way, it may also make it difficult for others to get down from the luggage rack/upper berths.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post It would need to be at the level of the luggage racks/upper berths, and the fans would get in the way, it may also make it difficult for others to get down from the luggage rack/upper berths.
It would be far from easy to accomplish, if not impossible. Last year when I travled Gokarna to Delhi with a general class ticked I was already planning to do this, but there was no change of hanging it since the couch was already overcrowded when I entered.

Did someone travled before without booking anything in advance? I know for sure you can get everywhere you want that way, by taking only general class and goverment busses lol
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Do i need to book sleeper class train in advance/

I travelled in India about 10 years ago using Sleeper class. I dont remember pre booking anything. But from all the websites i've read this time, seemed like I need to as tickets run out easily.

Plan to travel in sleeper class again this time, do I need to pre book?
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Oh yeah. I guess you could try to just show up, but I think you'll be waiting a while.
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Better to pre-book all your trains these days.
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Prebooking of train tickets starts 60 days prior to travel date, barring few short distance trains which are booked 30 days prior to travel dates. And all seats get occupied very soon.

It would be a better decision if you book tickets in advance.
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In my view yes. The subject is discussed at some length in this thread Should I really book all my train tickets way in advance?
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I will travel from 10th december till 6 january from Rajasthan (golden triangle) to Veranasi and Calcutta etcetera.

Actually i don't want to book train tickets in advance, to keep the "fexibility" in my travel schedule. Offcourse you never know when you want to leave a city or would stay a couple of days longer

But, when i read all the post, i have to make reservations? So, also secure/freeze my travel schedule final

What do you suggest?

My travel Itinerary:

- Delhi
- Jaisalmer
- Jodhpur
- Udairpur
- Bundi or Pushkar
- Jaipur
- Agra (overnight train to Khajuraho)
- Orchha - if time.
- Khajuraho (overnight train or plane to Varanasi)
- Varanasi
- Kolkata
- Kolkata -> Delhi
- Delhi departure
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You should get all your tickets reserved.

But you need to do it fast else all the seats/berths would be booked and you may be stranded in waiting list...

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