Sleeper carriages for female travellers

#1 Jan 13th, 2013, 15:27
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Hello All,

I will be tarvelling to India at the end of the year and will be travelling alone (I am a young single female.) I have been before and did a few long journeys on the trains but I was not travelling alone at the time.

From the journeys I had I remember being stared at a lot (tyoical of India!) but feeling very thankful for the fact that I was not travelling alone on the sleeper carriage (especially when it came to the actual sleeping part!) In addition I had 2 other people to keep an eye on my backpack when I needed the loo or to stretch my legs etc.

Obviously it would be great if I could find others to share my travels with but I don't want to have to rely on others before taking the train.

Does anyone have any thoughts on wether sleep carriages are safe for women travelling alone?

I don't expect to have the funds to go first class and, in fact, I really liked travelling in sleeper!

Thanks,

Mel
#2 Jan 13th, 2013, 16:03
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When you say 'sleeper carriage', do you mean Sleeper Class? I don't like Sleeper Class and prefer A2 or A3 (air-con), which is in my view much more comfortable than Sleeper Class but quite affordable, i.e. not nearly as expensive as First Class.

I know women, though, who don't mind travelling alone in Sleeper Class. I don't think it's a safety issue but it does happen that more people sit on a bench than there are beds, and quite often those people won't move and make room for you to lie down. This can be a problem if you have the lower berth.
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Thank you and sorry for the late reply! I did mean sleeper class, yes. I think for my first journey alone I'll got for an AC class and then see how I feelafter that!
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Nothing to worry.Its completely safe
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I was only ever going to book first class trips in India, but since I found this site I'm temped to try sleeper class. Although I suspect most of my trips will be 2A. Have a look in the articles section of the site - there are some mini guides to different types of train class and a specific mini guide for sleeper class / or post, but I can't find it to link to it.
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sleeper benefits:

- Better view of outside,
- People talk more with each other (as compared to AC)
- You will find a lot more number of local vendors (unauthorised) in sleeper. Not in AC


Keeping luggage safe-
Well, normally i go to loo when the train is running. So less chance of someone coming and taking my stuff away.
Secondly, always tie up luggage with the chain so i can sleep without worries.
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post Have a look in the articles section of the site - there are some mini guides to different types of train class and a specific mini guide for sleeper class / or post, but I can't find it to link to it.
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Is this the article that you meant. http://www.indiamike.com/india-artic...e-indian-train
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Yes thats the one. And I'm sure I've read a post written specifically about sleeper class which I found really useful. Its made me at least tempted to try a journey in this section.
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Are you aware that you do not get bedding provided in Sleeper class? It can get cold at night in winter in the north.
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I know, the article said. How cold is cold? I will have a sleeping bag liner, fleece jumper and thermals. And you can pay for bedrolls right? Still worth the experience at least once?
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I know, the article said. How cold is cold? I will have a sleeping bag liner, fleece jumper and thermals. And you can pay for bedrolls right? Still worth the experience at least once?
Not in Sleeper.
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when they (in SL) close all the windows and shut off the fans, with eight people sleeping in a tiny room, it gets somewhat warm..very very very slowly.

No beddings in SL, you carry whatever you need. Always carry some woollen caps, thick socks, and some gloves if you need them.
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I know, the article said. How cold is cold? I will have a sleeping bag liner, fleece jumper and thermals. And you can pay for bedrolls right? Still worth the experience at least once?
Some people think that only sleeper class is 'the real India' and other classes are not. I think this is nonsense. A2 and A3 are full of Indians and as real as anything else.


How cold is cold? Well, in Delhi for example the temperature in December can drop to zero. And you will be in a moving train. Even if the windows are closed, there will be a draught. There's probably less of a draught in the upper berth; then again, there will be more people in the lower berth, so they can keep each other warm.
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Originally Posted by Wildhorse View Post Some people think that only sleeper class is 'the real India' and other classes are not. I think this is nonsense. A2 and A3 are full of Indians and as real as anything else.
The more I think about the words 'the real India', the more I realise that opinions are formed by what the reader sees as the real India, and not necessarily what the writer meant by real India.

I sit in an air conditioned carriage (2A for example) and watch as the curtains are drawn to prevent any view of the sun, I listen to people telling me that the Dalit situation isn't such a big problem, and then explaining how advanced and forward thinking India is these days, almost everyone speaks great English, and I'm constantly surprised to find Indian families chatting among themselves in english.

The carriage has a neutral smell, is reasonably dust free, quiet, and pleasant to walk through, and above all, it's completely hassle free, for most hours of the day most people have their curtains closed to the rest of the carriage, the only vendors on the train are those employed by the railways.

When I step off the train, the heat, brightness, noise, various smells and mass of humanity hit me hard, it's very difficult to then tell myself that I've just traveled in 'real India'.
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