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#1 Mar 6th, 2013, 15:14
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I wanted to buy tickets at the train station but fall into the scam that is mentioned here: People sending you to other places and of course it turns out that there is a tour office...
Now my Question: At that tour office I was offered for 330 Euro the following trip (only transport bus and train)
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Varanasi - Khujaraho - Kolkota - Chennai - Kochi

That is a lot of money... But of course it is pretty far... Is that how much i should calculate or is that too much?

Thanks for help! I' m just sitting in Internetcafe close to the office, so I kind of have to decide in the next 30 to 45 minutes...
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You need to give more detail. Kolkata - Chennai in Sleeper class on the train is about 10 Euros. In First AC it is about 65 euros.
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Delhi - Jaipur - Agra is by bus, the rest in 2nd class AC
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On reflection I think that it is dodgy. I can't see how they are going to be able to get you Confirmed accommodation on all of those trains.
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Oh really? He looked up all the trains and they all had availabilities. I am just wondering if it is not horribly overpriced and I would pay only half if I went to the train station on my own...
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If it's a scam he is hardly likely to tell you that there is no availability. Train availability is public information and easy, if a little time consuming to check. Can you provide an example of a train that he says he can get you a berth on?

Rail fares are also very easy to check.
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Julianna, You do not have to book and pay for all your travel at the start. If you are willing to to book trains in several segments you can do this as you go and when you have experience of travel in India. You would be backtracking if you went to Khajuraho after Varanasi if you are then going to Kolkata.

I always book one train journey at a time even if I have to spend more time booking.
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If you have not paid, just walk out. If you want to use a Travel Agent, use an authorized and reputable agency.
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I don't know what kind of budget you're on for trains and what type of berths he offered, but our train travel for 5 weeks from Kerala to Darjeeling has cost us less than £120 (around 139 euros), on mainly 2nd and 3rd class with a couple of sleeper trains.
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If you can, try looking up the trains on Cleartrip.com and booking online
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Oh I guess i mixed up the stops Khujaraho and Varanasi.

I could see that he was looking at the official homepage of the government for the trains and there was written Available.

How can I find out if they are reputable? He gave me a german costumer to whom I could talk at the phone and he showed me several letters. But I have no idea if this is an official governmental office- they showed me some cards and stuff. But... I have no idea... ):

I'm travelling in India for the first time and I'm on my own, so I thought it would be less hassle to book as much as possible in advance.

And he said, there are only tourist quota tickets left which cant be booked online.

Ahhhhh... I'm getting crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!
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If there are only Tourist Quota tickets left you will be better booking them for yourself upstairs at NDLS.
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Originally Posted by shinobidef View Post I don't know what kind of budget you're on for trains and what type of berths he offered, but our train travel for 5 weeks from Kerala to Darjeeling has cost us less than £120 (around 139 euros), on mainly 2nd and 3rd class with a couple of sleeper trains.
Oh, that's good to know! Maybe I just book busses to Agra and Jaipur and look from there. Oh Man... That really, really sucks!
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post If there are only Tourist Quota tickets left you will be better booking them for yourself upstairs at NDLS.
Okay... Maybe I just go back there and try to find the tourist office again.


Thanks so much for all your quick help!!!
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Are you in Delhi now? The official website is IRCTC which isn't particularly user-friendly. So he said they were available, but then said they were only tourist quota?

If you want, you can give me some dates of when you want to arrive at each place and I'll check them for you. Do you want do travel overnight or during the day, and which class do you want (1st is your own berth but there will be up to 3 other people sharing), 2nd has a curtain and light, 3rd doesn't have a privacy curtain and sleeper is dirtier and a bit more uncomfortable, although you get to interact with people more.

Yeah, it's good to book tickets in advance as those trains fill up pretty quickly from my experience!
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