Chennai to Ahmedabad Sleeper Recommendations

#1 Nov 12th, 2017, 09:27
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Hi All,

First of all thanks for having me and apologies if I'm not following etiquette by extensively searching this question first, so much info on here it's like drinking from a firehose.
A few names keep coming up but what's the consensus on the best sleeper train from Chennai to Ahmedabad (express is best I presume)?
Apologies if i'm not being specific enough, this is my first trip to India, don't know enough about the place to ask an intelligent question.

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#2 Nov 12th, 2017, 14:26
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From the trains that connect Chennai to Ahmedabad the best one would be Navjivan Express since it runs daily. However it reaches in the evening.

Would a flight not be an option?
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Hi,

Welcom to the forum.

Please be aware that getting train tickets in India is lot different to the UK.

If you can "register" and book in advance online, that is the best option. Indian trains get full very quickly, you can reserve up to 120 days ahead on most trains.
Please Google "seat 61" a train travel tips website, which explains how to register with Indian Rail to buy tickets...

I find this website easy to use:https://etrain.info/in#!TRAIN_BETWEEN=MAS-ADI

If you enter your dates on the top left it can tell you availability of seats, etc. Any train with a first class option will be a "faster/better" train than one without, for most tourists, whether you use that class or not.
Please note the travel times indicated, some train rides take 48 hours rather than 24, or even longer!
Express is not a fast train, Super Fast is quicker, Duronto and Rajdhani are the fast ones, but only ply on certain routes.

Please note the e.train.info website is for information only, you can't buy your tickets through them.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Would a flight not be an option?
I actually have a flight booked but thought a train might be a nice way to see the countryside.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Hi,

Welcom to the forum.

Please be aware that getting train tickets in India is lot different to the UK.

If you can "register" and book in advance online, that is the best option. Indian trains get full very quickly, you can reserve up to 120 days ahead on most trains.
Please Google "seat 61" a train travel tips website, which explains how to register with Indian Rail to buy tickets...

I find this website easy to use:https://etrain.info/in#!TRAIN_BETWEEN=MAS-ADI

If you enter your dates on the top left it can tell you availability of seats, etc. Any train with a first class option will be a "faster/better" train than one without, for most tourists, whether you use that class or not.
Please note the travel times indicated, some train rides take 48 hours rather than 24, or even longer!
Express is not a fast train, Super Fast is quicker, Duronto and Rajdhani are the fast ones, but only ply on certain routes.

Please note the e.train.info website is for information only, you can't buy your tickets through them.

Ed.
Thanks kindly Ed, appreciate the tips
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What other cities do you plan to see? There could be a possibility of scenic route in some other route.

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