Advice on side berths

#1 Dec 15th, 2014, 21:04
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Hi all,
I just booked my first train trip on Clear trip from Delhi to Varanasi on board the Poorva Express (12382). I got the last general ticket in AC 2 tier BUT its a side berth - A1/ 41/ Side Lower. I am 6ft and 90 kgs. I am used to train travel but not in such a confined space
My question is do I cancel and take the next class or just deal with the cramped space? Cheers
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Welcome to India Mike!

You should first book ticket in other class and if it is of your choice only then you should cancel existing ticket.
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Originally Posted by salaam me View Post Hi all,
I just booked my first train trip on Clear trip from Delhi to Varanasi on board the Poorva Express (12382). I got the last general ticket in AC 2 tier BUT its a side berth - A1/ 41/ Side Lower. I am 6ft and 90 kgs. I am used to train travel but not in such a confined space
My question is do I cancel and take the next class or just deal with the cramped space? Cheers
Do not cancel any tickets until you have better, confirmed alternatives.

When are you travelling?
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Originally Posted by salaam me View Post Hi all,
I just booked my first train trip on Clear trip from Delhi to Varanasi on board the Poorva Express (12382). I got the last general ticket in AC 2 tier BUT its a side berth - A1/ 41/ Side Lower. I am 6ft and 90 kgs. I am used to train travel but not in such a confined space
My question is do I cancel and take the next class or just deal with the cramped space? Cheers
I am 6'1 and weigh a bit more than 90 kgs. I don't find side berths in 2AC to be cramped.
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YMMV but I'd add my vote here, since you asked. Cancel only if you can get a new ticket. If any bookings are not available, then go ahead with the current reservation. Unless, of course, getting a good night's sleep is a non-negotiable for you and the travel dates are!

On a side berth, no doubt you'll have to 'manage' a bit. But given that we humans twist and turn a lot through the night, I'd like to assume that you can sleep well.
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Possibility of Tourist Quota when you get to Delhi but this may be leaving it too late.
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I am 5'6" and am just able to lay straight in those type of berths. Hope this helps. I really like this berth because you have your own window during the day...
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Originally Posted by sab kuch milega View Post I am 5'6" and am just able to lay straight in those type of berths. Hope this helps. I really like this berth because you have your own window during the day...
Are you sure that was a 2AC side berth? The ones in 3AC and Sleeper are shorter.
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I am 5'11" and am able to sleep in side lower as well as upper comfortably. However I do spend most of my travel time looking out of the window or reading a book.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Are you sure that was a 2AC side berth? The ones in 3AC and Sleeper are shorter.
Definitely, I have only gone 2AC...
#11 Dec 16th, 2014, 01:24
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Amazing how different people have different perceptions. This is what I wrote on our blog in February this year.

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At 23.00 we walk back down to platform 23 in the SE section where our train is in the platform. We locate our coach and berths without difficulty and are soon stowing our luggage. This is the first time that we have had 2AC side berths for an overnight trip, but fears that the upper might be too short for D prove unfounded. We are tucked up for the night before the train departs and, apart from a brief ticket check, sleep undisturbed.
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Thanks so much to everyone that took the time to answer my question.
I am departing early Feb. I think I will hold on to the ticket and see what happens and chalk it up to experience. The other overnight trains that arrive in the morning have a wait list but I'd rather have it sorted and confirmed so I can book a return trip with confidence.
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#13 Dec 16th, 2014, 17:30
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I don't think you'd be too uncomfortable to be honest. You're probably more likely to wake up every so often when people are getting on / off the train throughout the night and talking and bashing cases around the carriage. I also struggled to sleep through the loud, persistent horn sounds. Take ear plugs! I would keep the ticket too, don't buy WL and risk ending up with an RAC seat and having to share like I did - not a good idea.

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