Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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#1 May 9th, 2012, 15:55
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Booking Indian Rail Tickets from Abroad

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This article summarises the process of booking Indian rail tickets from abroad using different websites and processes. The target audience is the novice Indian Railways traveller but the more experienced train traveller in India may also find it useful. This article is frequently updated to keep the information up-to-date and current on booking train tickets online from abroad.
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Happy travelling in the new year 2018, and thanks for the replies to my query about getting to Puri from train 12516. I think Iíll hop out in Bhubaneshwar ( instead of going on to Khurda Road) and look for a bus.
Iím a 72 year old Aussie lone traveller, this will be my fifth trip to India. Most of my travels have been in Indonesia and Thailand.

My first plan for this trip was to fly to New Delhi on Air India fir 3 days before catching the Buddhist pilgrimage train around Bihar, UP and Nepal for 8 days (US$1,245), then to Bharatpur, Darjeeling and Puri, ending in Kolkata. I had to cancel at short notice due to illness, got only 50% refund from irctc for the Buddhist train. I have now booked again for most of the trip, starting on 23 January, but will leave the Buddhist train for another time.

I had a few problems arranging my own itinerary ( apart from the usual irctc issues). I want to see Fatehpur Sikri and Deeg, and one way to do this is from Bharatpur, as I booked on the Inter-City Express 12516 leaving New Delhi station (NDLS) a few hours after I fly in from Sydney. Iíve been to Delhi a few times, and with only 16 days for this trip I want to get started quickly.
I stayed at Kadam Ganj Hotel in Bharatpur in 2010 on an Intrepid Tour that also included Orchcha, Khajuraho, Ken River, Kanha, Bandavgarh and Kholadeo Ghana National Parks and Jaipur. It was an excellent tour ( the only one Iíve done in India), but it seems to be off their list now. I might go by bus or taxi to Deeg and FS, but on different days.

And how to get from Bharatpur to Puri and Darjeeling, and which one first? Itís a long, slow slog by train across country to Puri, with at least two changes. Darjeeling is easier to reach, firstly on 12988 to Tundla (TDL) on the main line, then a 2:50 am departure on 14056 arriving in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) 26 hours later, then on the toy train 52541 ( if itís still running then) to Darjeeling. I booked 3 nights at the WBTDCís Darjeeling Tourist Lodge; itís rated highly for the mountain views, but they donít take foreign credit cards. i had to pay by bank transfer and got ripped off by my bank and the Indian one, making it an expensive process. That view had better be good!
The next leg is NJP to Puri on train 12516; I booked to Khurda Road (KUR), but based on advice from India Mikers, Iíll just hop out in Bhubaneshwar. After 3 days at the Victoria Club Hotel in Puri, Iíll get train 12822 to Kolkata for 4 nights before flying home. The Air India flight UA21 from Kolkata allows only 1 hour 5 minutes transfer time in New Delhi, but they assure me this is enough. All my previous flights have been on Singapore Airlines, which is more convenient for Aussies as they fly to many Indian cities (as do Thai, Malaysian and others, but Air India has the only direct flight and itís to New Delhi).
This is the plan, probably something will go wrong but all my trains are confirmed. This doesnít allow much flexibility, but on a trip of only 16 days there isnít enough time for any lengthy diversions.

This ramble is probably not of much actual use to any IM hands, but I hope it might at least be of some interest. I gained a lot from reading the journals of more seasoned travellers like OldandRambling and vonkla, and would like to contribute my little bit in return.
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"I gained a lot from reading the journals of more seasoned travellers like OldandRambling and vonkla..."

Glad to be of help... If you do the exact opposite of the stuff in my journals, you should be fine!

I am sure it will all work out for the best... It is the things that we didn't do that we regret most...


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can't log into irctc
so i re-registered with different email. email taken,
tried another. email taken
tried a plausible but patently unique set of random letters with gmail. email taken

Sigh. dead in the water . . .
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Did you follow the steps as described on the man on seat61?
#365 Jan 2nd, 2018, 05:35
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rail bookers

has anyone used this service?
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I suggest you have a look at post number 352 in this same thread. There is an agent mentioned there with a good recommendation...


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I do not see a way to access posts in this thread
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Originally Posted by bijapuriviejo View Post I do not see a way to access posts in this thread
Snotty has given the link above, but for future reference, all the posts in each thread have a numer, starting 1, 2, etc. To access a particular post by number you just have to go back a page or several, as they are in number order.

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I had issue while buying ticket, system returned as "wrong passport number" I tried many many times. At last I realize that if I do not mention passengers Nationality, and select "Indian" the problem will be solved. I did as it is and I could get my tickets. When ticket has issued nothing is mentioned about nationality of the passengers. If I use that ticket, do you think TTE create any problem?
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I think there is some proof of identity required. If your name is on the ticket, and your same name is in your passport, I expect it will be ok.

Only problem maybe if you try to obtain some special price ticket for Indian national only, such as "senior" discount ticket.

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[QUOTE=OldandRambling;2075617]I think there is some proof of identity required. If your name is on the ticket, and your same name is in your passport, I expect it will be ok.

I really curious about how trainticketplease people is booking tickets for foreign people. It seems irctc system creates problem for nationality in my case. I tried country as "Turkish" (my country), result "wrong passport number" issue many many times, after some time tried other nationality as well, only one time I could get ticket as "Tunisian", at last I decided to book as "Indian", I write correct Passport number, and no problem, ticket is ready.. So, maybe trainticketplease people is also doing same thing, I already asked them, but did not give me clear answer.
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Sadly, many people struggle with aspects of booking Indian train tickets.

Trainticketplease is an agent of some sort. Many agents have a way to book things for a commision... Some are official, some not.

I used Cleartrip to get my Oct 2017 ticket, you have to already be fully registered with IRCTC, but I find Cleartrip website simpler and easier to use for simple bookings.

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Problem registering with IRCTC

I'm planning my first trip to India this spring, but I can't register with IRCTC because I don't have a mobile number in India. I live in the US. Guide books say to enter a fake number, but that doesn't really work because IRCTC requires that you enter an "OTP" verification code that it sends to your cell phone. I was able to verify my email address, but not my cell phone because for some reason IRCTC can seem to figure out how to sent the verification code to a foreign number. I'd like to book some train trips before I leave as the trains seem to fill up. Hate to fly all the way to India only to spend three weeks in Delhi because I can't get train tickets. Any suggestions?
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Follow the steps as described on this site exactly.
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