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

#31 Oct 4th, 2016, 12:07
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AroundA,
You are travelling in peak season to the most popular places on the tourist circuit. Definitely seats will fill up fast.

Your alternative is to take a car and driver, which may be more expensive, but will afford more flexibility.
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#32 Oct 4th, 2016, 13:52
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I believe tickets can be cancelled and rebooked, subject to availability, fairly late. An itinerary is not completely frozen. If you have the money to spend, it's often more convenient to fly some journeys.
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post I believe tickets can be cancelled and rebooked, subject to availability, fairly late. An itinerary is not completely frozen. If you have the money to spend, it's often more convenient to fly some journeys.
Thanks. So i have to make a reservation for all the dates in december as soon as possbile because they would sold-out?
Hopefully it is nog completely frozen because of the bookings of the train and flight-tickets.

- What do you recommend to book the traintickets, where i can rebook - Cleartrip or IRCTC?
- Which journeys are convenient to train/ fly?

This is my itinerary:

- Delhi
- Jaisalmer
- Jodhpur
- Udairpur
- Bundi or Pushkar
- Jaipur
- Agra (overnight train?)
- Orchha - if time.
- Khajuraho (overnight train or plane?)
- Varanasi
- Kolkata
- Kolkata -> Delhi
- Delhi departure
#34 Oct 4th, 2016, 17:50
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www.irctc.co.in is preferable since they accept international cards now. Cleartrip tends to miss out some trains.
#35 Oct 4th, 2016, 18:11
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When booking from outside India I believe Cleartrip is a good choice. I have never booked online though. There are good threads about this here in IM.

All my train bookings are made in India, usually in person at major stations eg New Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai CST which have International Tourist booking rooms. Other large stations have tourist booking counters perhaps also dealing with special travellers. My bookings are made within two to five days of intended travel. I never book an itinerary and rarely even a return or onward journey.

You can rebook at such places and make use of foreign tourist quotas on certain trains.

I like to use the Trains At A Glance timetable books. They are sold very cheaply at major stations here. I think there is a new edition each October. Other people like to use the several websites for Indian trains.

See aarosh post #34 for irctc site
#36 Oct 4th, 2016, 18:13
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You cannot book on this sites but etrain.info or erail.in are handy to see if there is availability.
By changing the left upper box with states "general ' in 'foreign' it shows if there are seats for the FTQ quota.
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