Overseas tourists booking train tickets ASAP?

#1 Jun 30th, 2017, 20:48
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I'm landing in New Delhi on July 7, and having trouble booking tickets with the IRCTC website. I followed these instructions, but I haven't received anything from the IRCTC via email to activate my account. It's been three days.

There's a guy on TravelAdvisor with a good reputation that can book tickets for you for $4 USD, but I think I'd rather book alone.

Is there any other way? Can I book at my hostels or would it be advisable to book more in advance?

Or would someone be friendly enough to have the code sent to their Indian phone number, and allow me to go from there?

Thanks!
#2 Jun 30th, 2017, 23:55
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Originally Posted by voss800ml View Post I'm landing in New Delhi on July 7, and having trouble booking tickets with the IRCTC website. I followed these instructions, but I haven't received anything from the IRCTC via email to activate my account. It's been three days.

There's a guy on TravelAdvisor with a good reputation that can book tickets for you for $4 USD, but I think I'd rather book alone.

Is there any other way? Can I book at my hostels or would it be advisable to book more in advance?

Or would someone be friendly enough to have the code sent to their Indian phone number, and allow me to go from there?

Thanks!
Setting up an IRCTC account can drive you crazy and maybe at this late stage (since you are arriving in Delhi on July 7) it is not worth getting all stressed about setting up your account and booking yourself.

The $4 USD commission seems reasonable if you trust this guy who can book your train tickets.

Other good option is to just visit the "International Tourist Bureau" desk on the 1st floor of the New Delhi railway station in Paharganj near Connaught place. Make sure you go to the "New Delhi" railway station in Paharganj and not the old "Delhi" train station in Chandani Chowk area.

Staff at the "International Tourist Bureau" are helpful and if you have some flexibility in your travel plans then you should be able to book all your train tickets at this booking desk for foreign tourists.

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/international_Tourist.html

Good Luck
#3 Jul 1st, 2017, 01:07
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As Torontomm mentions it is rather late to register.
Another problem is that the instructions here on Indiamike are outdated.

The present procedure is described on the site of the man on seat61.
#4 Jul 1st, 2017, 18:27
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Watch this short clip to avoid being scammed at New Delhi Railway Station:



Do not ask anyone where the office is, chances are you get misguided and scammed.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Do not ask anyone where the office is, chances are you get misguided and scammed.
You will be approached also by guys looking very official, dressed well with a name tag or whatever and convince you that they are from the Indian Railways and con you into going to another office to buy a ticket. Ignore them and go as said before only to the International Tourist Bureau.
If you do have a ticket or E-ticket they will try and convince you that the ticket is not valid and they will sort out a "proper" train ticket for you.
Good luck
#6 Jul 1st, 2017, 20:18
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Are you sure tickets are still available for your train? Standard 'General Quota' tickets are usually sold out one week before departure. If General is sold out, you could try to book Tourist Quota tickets, but those are only available on certain routes and must be purchased in person at an India Rail office. Or you could try Tatkal Quota tickets, which only become available the morning before departure.
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I managed them to send me a subscription confirmation SMS to my Austrian GSM and after that I was free to go reserving and purchasing tickets. Only of the 3 proposed banks accepted my MasterCard though, the others claimed was "suspicious" and rejected the transaction.

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