Trying to leave Allahabad to Kolkata during the largest human gathering on earth?

#1 Jan 13th, 2013, 01:26
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My fiance and I are traveling to Allahabad to experience the Kumbh Mela festival, particularly the most auspicious bathing day on February 10. I need to depart from Kolkata to return to the US on the evening of February 16. It is estimated that 100-150 MILLION people will be attending the Kumbh Mela over the course of the month-long festival, so I can only imagine the mad dash to get in and out of Allahabad.

We have our accommodations booked, and after weeks of trying, I finally linked my Cleartrip and IRCTC account last night. It looks like all of the trains from Allahabad to Kolkata have waitlists in every single class. Just in case, I reserved two waitlist tickets on the following train:

Kolkata Mail Train# 12322
Allahabad Junction ALD to Howrah Junction HWH
Depart: 12/2/13 20:58
Arrive: 13/2/13 11:45
First AC

We are currently WL-1 and WL-2.

My questions are:
1) What is the likelihood that we will get seats (any seats at all) on this train given the circumstances of the Kumbh Mela?
2) Should I book additional reservations on other trains and other days to ensure that we get to Kolkata? A sleeper of any class is preferred for the 15 hour trip, but given that I must get to Kolkata by the 16th, we will take anything.

Thank you for any help you can lend!!
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I should add that we can leave Allahabad as early as February 11 and as late as February 15 if absolutely necessary. Thanks!
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When and where do you get to India?

I can imagine WL1 & 2 NOT getting confirmed, it's a remote location quota, so very limited, and VIP's can make it very difficult to see any movement in 1A's waitlist. (DONT cancel ticket till you have a better ticket))

The Kolkata Rajdhani (train 12302), Allahabad 23:45, Howrah 09:55 looks your best option.

There's availability in the following classes and dates, but it's via the foreign tourist quota, and these tickets can only be booked in person at certain places (major cities) in India.

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You can keep an eye on availability on erail (Allahabad-Howrah trains), change the quota to 'Foreign' (section 5, top right), then use the AV buttons for train 12302 to check availability.
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Thank you Steven! We arrive in Delhi on January 28 (late evening) so we will head to the rail office first thing in the morning and try to book something under FTQ. That sounds like our best option. Will that be enough time to get tickets for February 11-15?
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Originally Posted by RedMonkey View Post Thank you Steven! We arrive in Delhi on January 28 (late evening) so we will head to the rail office first thing in the morning and try to book something under FTQ. That sounds like our best option. Will that be enough time to get tickets for February 11-15?
You're flexible with date, train and class, so I'd be amazed if you didn't get a confirmed FTQ ticket on 29th.

Ignore anyone on the way to the FT office on the first floor at New Delhi station, they'll try anything to stop you going to that office (and some look really official), tell them you're meeting a friend who's arriving by train.

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