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Rail Travel during Diwali?

#1 Oct 3rd, 2010, 21:07
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Hi there,

Myself and partner leave for India next week. We will be in Varanasi during Diwali and travelling through Delhi the week leading up to the festival. We have heard that travel around this time can be very difficult, so were wondering how the best way to travel would be? We are thinking about travelling via train in the lead up to Diwali and then staying in Varanasi for the duration, but then perhaps flying back to Delhi from Varanasi instead of train, as we fly out of Delhi on the 9th Nov. It is quite expensive to fly during this time though but flights are booking up extremely quickly. We are concerned that when we arrive in Mumbai(our first destination) we will be unable to get any trains for the north at the time of Diwali. I am struggling to find information online about the train for that period too. Our plan is to book all of our trains for our whole trip when we get to Mumbai too, as this will save time waiting in places for trains that aren't available for a while, especially due to the travel surge from the commonwealth games too, is this a good idea?

Our destinations are as follows:

Mumbai, Goa, Hampi, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Bundi, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi

Any advice is very much appreciated.

Thanks :-)
#2 Oct 3rd, 2010, 21:18
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Check out availability of tickets at http://www.erail.in/
If tickets are available then you can book tickets through
http://www.cleartrip.com/
http://www.makemytrip.com/
http://www.irctc.co.in/ (It's Indian Railways official website, but I have heard they have some problem in accepting International credit cards)

Ronak.
#3 Oct 3rd, 2010, 21:24
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Any Train travel in India during Diwali is crowded and needs to be booked well in advance. Plan accordingly. If you can tone down the number of places that you want to be in to minimise the possibility of not getting train bookings or be prepared to Fly or Bus around or hire a car if the distances are reasonable.
#4 Oct 4th, 2010, 22:26
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Thanks for the reply,

Shahronakm, I have been looking extensively at Cleartrip, thanks for the suggestion, great website. Am I right in assuming however that I will be able to book the trains for my whole trip when we arrive in Mumbai, at the official train office? We will be there the day after tomorrow....From looking at the website availability is still ok. Also do you know if the Indrail pass is worth getting? Thanks again for your help.
#5 Oct 5th, 2010, 00:55
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You can go to the Main Reservation Counters at CST (Old VT) or Churchgate. Here they have this special counters for foreigners & yes they have a special foreigners quota as well. Hope you get all the desired tickets to make your journey smoother. Sorry but don't have any idea on the usefulness of Indrail pass.

Ronak.

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