check-in time for returing room at departure station

#1 Jun 17th, 2018, 22:23
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Hi, I have successfully managed to book a retiring room from abroad at my departure station. The reservation for a double room for me and my wife is from 20:00 of 26th June to 27th June 2000 at NJP. I have subsequently booked a ticket on the HWH-NJP shatabdi whose scheduled time of arrival is 22:30. (It was an hour late yesterday). Clearly, I can not make it in by 20:00 when my reservation begins. The reservation rules say that late check-in will be allowed up to 1 hour of arrival of the train. However, my retiring room booking is at the departure station and there does not seem to me to be any way for this reservation to know about this other PNR.So, my question is: what is the provision for late check-in at the departure station.

I have e-mailed ccm@nfr.railnet.gov.in but have not heard back so far. So I thought that I would post here and see if anyone had any suggestions.

I am reluctant to cancel this booking and trying my luck again but I am concerned that it may not be available for a while, in which case, I may not get it again, and also the credit card may not immediately go through (with international cards, it is always a matter of touch and go, in my experience). There are no other rooms available.
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There is no need to cancel your reservation. Your reservation will remain intact...

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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post There is no need to cancel your reservation. Your reservation will remain intact...

Thank you very much for letting me know that the reservation will stay intact for late arrivals such as mine. Otherwise, I guess we stay overnight in the first class waiting room.
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Congratulations on achieving the retiring room booking!

Can you give any tips on how you managed to book from abroad?

Cheers,

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Sure, I went to www.irctctourism.com then I clicked on retiring room and then was led to PNR number. Clicking on it took me to a (IRCTC) username and password page. I entered and then was asked to enter my PNR number. Then it searched and found the PNR number (sometimes it does nothing so click again if so) and then the ticket came up. I clicked on whether departure or arrival station and dates and beds/ac, etc. And then was shown available rooms. Iclicked and entered some more nformation (address, number, etc) and then was led to payment. I can only do internatinoal credit cards so read carefully and was led to RazorPay.

Now, I must say that initialliy Razorpay denied saying "International Cards not allowed" so then I sent e-mails to both RazorPay and IRCTC tourism. I heard back from RazorPay (not from IRCTC tourism) saying that the merchant had not enabled internaitonal cards transactions and so I had to use a domestic card. I responded back saying that that sounds unlikely because IRCTC tourism was clearly intending to make bookings possible for international cards and therefore they should take it up with IRCTC tourism and get this fixed. Something happened because 12 hours later, when I tried, I got through and my paymnet was accepted. Which is good because by then, the number of available rooms had dwindled down to 1, so I got the last one. I am looking for cancellations so that I can get a AC room, simply because it feels awkward to be in such as inexpensive room but I doubt that that will open up. There are only 2 available at NJP anyway, from what I gather.

Hopefully the reserved room will stay for me as Prakaant says. I willl update after I get back. Thanks!
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Thanks for the update, it seems as if the problem with international cards is resolved, well done for emailing both IRCTC and the card people!

Hope you have a pleasant stay,


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How long in advance you can book a retiring room with indian railways ?
Prakaant knows the answer !!
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or Aarosh!
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I believe you can book once you have your PNR number.

I seem to remember that foreign tourists can book trains up to a year ahead now, but PNR may not be issued so early.

I have some vague memory (as all my memories are these days) that a foreign tourist can request a retiring room in advance of getting the PNR, but I might be mistaken.

This info is from other posts on India mike, etc, not my own experience, so beware!

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The retiring rooms can be booked 60 days in advance, provided the passenger has confirmed or RAC tickets for travel.
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Thank you Prakaant!
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post The retiring rooms can be booked 60 days in advance, provided the passenger has confirmed or RAC tickets for travel.
No.

I just booked retiring rooms at NDLS (4 of them ) immediately after booking our tickets on the opening day (120 day in advance).

The RR booking web application is piece of crap though!
Did you wear the other person's shoe today?
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Thanx for update and sharing information

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