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trains vs. traveling impulsively?

#1 Sep 16th, 2009, 13:57
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I'm spending just two weeks in India but I want to go to quite a few different places but I don't want to set up a strict and boring time-plan/schedule by booking all the tickets in advance. but from seeing how the trains and tickets work does it make it impossible to travel impulsively? Or should I book each ticket in advance?
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depends on the route and distance you want to travel. But, generally speaking, it is advisable to book trains in advance to avoid getting cramped in the general compartment.
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Originally Posted by arunganpath View Post depends on the route and distance you want to travel. But, generally speaking, it is advisable to book trains in advance to avoid getting cramped in the general compartment.
I Agree
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Dear nelaji,

but I don't want to set up a strict and boring time-plan/schedule by booking all the tickets in advance. Or

should I book each ticket in advance?

##May I know the reason for contradictiory views in the first message itself? :-)
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I don't want to but should I?
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Dear nelaii,

##The general tendency is to book tickets in advance for a hassle-free AND comfortable journey.

##If you are NOT interested in "a hassle-free and comfortable journey", then there is no need for you to plan your journey well-in-advance.

##It also entirely depends on the period you choose to perform journey.

##At a time when you have to rely only on a train journey, particularly for an overnight journey,in the absence of flights, then, you might face problems, if you do not book your train tickets in advance.
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I left some thoughts (and cautions) on doing it "on the fly" just recently, here: http://www.indiamike.com/india/rajas...34/?scrollTo=post810159.

I think two weeks will obviously seriously limit any flexibility you may have in it; I don't know how I'd go about it for such a short timeframe. Stick to a reasonably small region (perhaps not a bad idea for two weeks anyway) where I could rest reasonably assured of catching buses everywhere without spending all day in them, perhaps.
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just to point out... october - february is when indians are on the move as well.
festivals - school holidays - weather... hence train tickets will be a tad more difficult during this period.



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thank you very much for your replies!

it's really helpful to get feedback, I swear otherwise I would arrive and be completely lost!

Thanks

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