What is the most comfortable berth for overnight train travel

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Can anyone tell me the most comforable berth for the overnight train travel, specifically the 2953 Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai to Kota.
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The most expensive -- 1st class a/c
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First Class Air Conditioned (1A) would be a popular choice.

Very long, would be a popular choice to "how long is a piece of string".

I would prefer 2-tier air con (2A) on a train, mainly because of the people you share with, but then again, I normally travel Sleeper class (not air con) (SL), and always enjoy it.

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What does sleeper class consist of?

Is sleeper class an actual bed? As it is an overnighter, I would prefer something like this.What is the difference from 1st class A/C?
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Click on the 'Train Information' link at the bottom of my post.

There are a few links giving lots of info about different classes of accommodation.

E.G.

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Classes of travel on Indian trains.

1A = First Class air-conditioned (AC1)
2A = 2 Tier air-conditioned (AC2)
3A = 3 Tier air-conditioned (AC3)
FC = First Class NOT air-conditioned
EC = Executive chair class, air-conditioned
CC = Chair class, air-conditioned
SL = Sleeper Class, NOT air-conditioned
2S = Bookable second class seat, NOT air-conditioned
II = Unreserved 2nd class, NOT air-conditioned

Detailed information including photos of the above classes of accommodation

Knowing the Indian Train. An excellent thread by beach explaining all you need to know about Indian trains.
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Since it is a Rajdhani, it is all ac and there are only 3 classes. 3 tier ac is the economical choice and is comfortable enough for an overnight journey. The lower berth is the preferred one for a night trip, but will probably not be available. the upper requires a bit of agility to get in and out of, but is ok.

2 tier ac is the most comparable to a western 'tourist class' as it has more spacious berths (2 instead of 3 high) and therefore less passengers per coach sharing the washrooms etc.

I've never travelled by 1ac but I'm sure it is nice, if pricey.

The Rajdhanis are a premium service and food, water, and snacks included at no charge.
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My favourite is lower berth(LB) in 2AC for overnight travel.

If you wish to travel by sleeper class(SL), then the 2903 Golden Temple Mail is very convenient between Mumbai and Kota.
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I'm with Shimla. Lower berth 2-tier AC is also my favorite.

Last fall, a friend and I did travel 1st class AC from Delhi to Varanasi and it was very nice - we had a whole lockable compartment to ourselves - but you miss the experience of other meeting other travelers, which is part of the fun of being on the train. First class AC is also a lot more expensive.

I never do upper berth! I'm too old, fat and non-agile to be climbing up and down. And getting up and down in the middle of the night to go pee? What a nightmare! Forget about it!


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The best berth is the top most where its trickier to rob you and you have a modicum of privacy..
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top berth with a book, and you are in your own world... i tend to do that when i travel alone...
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Top berth -- if you want privacy and the fan is not too noisy and the light can be turned off. But avoid this if you are on a slow train and the weather is hot, as it can get stuffy.

Lower berth
-- if you don't want to navigate the climb up to the top berth; think you will have to go to the loo at night; want to keep a close eye on your luggage; or want to wake up early ad look out the window; watch out for early morning yells of "Chai chai", "kapi kapi" that will wake you up as the train hit stations in the morning

Middle berth
-- if you get along with the person on the bottom, then if you decide to sleep late or wake up early, you are have the flexibility of leaving the middle eat down so you can sit comfortably without having to stoop. Offers a compromise between the top and bottom berth.

Side berth lower -- great if you want to have 2 windows, but you will be disturbed by people who walk in the aisle

Side upper -- similar to upper berth but has the additional disadvantage of aisle traffic

The side berths are shorter than the regular berths, so avoid them if you are tall.
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Thanks for your help everyone! So it looks as though by best bet from Mumbai to Kota would be the 2903 Golden Temple Mail sleeper class. Is the sleeper class 2 tier , 3-tier, no -tier?And since in july it will be off season would it be easier to just visit a travel agent in Mumbai while I'm there and set it up, or do in advance?
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Originally Posted by Bigzero top berth with a book, and you are in your own world... i tend to do that when i travel alone...
Ditto - plus you can go to bed early or stay up late without bothering your bunk mates.
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Originally Posted by dbasss Is the sleeper class 2 tier , 3-tier, no -tier?
3-tier


Personally, I prefer the timings of the Mumbai - Jaipur express (train 2955), it departs Mumbai Central at 18:50 and gets to Kota at 08:40, it has 1A, 2A, 3A & SL. I used this train a few years ago and it was bang on time.

This train gives you a chance of catching the train from Kota to Bundi; it departs Kota at 09:00, and gets to Bundi at 09:31.

Also, the Golden Temple Mail is a popular train, and should get booked up faster than most trains.


How have we got from 'the most comfortable berth for overnight train travel' to Sleeper class?
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