Foreign Tourist Quota (FTQ) - A Basic Guide
Dave W
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#61
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Originally posted by: Poolek View Post

Thanks guys. Now I have the last question - can be the FT tickets booked by a third person? We have a friend currently living in Mumbai, but she won't be travelling with us to Goa. It is then possible that she book the tickets for us, by presenting a scan of our passports and/or visa page in the ticket office at CST or Churchgate?


No, this won't work - I speak from personal experience.
#62
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Originally posted by: Dave W View Post

Where did you read the dud information about 2 days?


That may be referring to Tatkal bookings which go on sale at 10am 2 days before the departure of the train from the originating station.
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#63
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Originally posted by: Jean-Philipe View Post

That may be referring to Tatkal bookings which go on sale at 10am 2 days before the departure of the train from the originating station.


The rule was changed a long time ago. As of now, tatkal bookings open a day before the train leaves its origin.
#64
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Originally posted by: aloke_m View Post

The rule was changed a long time ago. As of now, tatkal bookings open a day before the train leaves its origin.


I stand corrected.
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#65
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This is a great thread, I've rarely had any need to use FTQ but have found a couple of cases in my upcoming trip where it will be useful. In particular train 11015 Kushinagar express which runs from Mumbai to Gorakhpur, this is a nightmare of a train to get a booking for, even 60 days in advance it's already waitlisted. It has a tiny FTQ allocation 2 berths in sleeper only, can't wait, roughing it for 20 hours will take me back to my teenage years.

It might be useful to know that FTQ tickets can also be booked in Lucknow. You need the main reservations office which as you stand in the car park facing Charbagh station is the large building to your left. When you enter head upstairs and go to the very last counter on your left (20 something). It'll be the one with no queue next to a much busier counter for OAPS. The lady there was really friendly and wanted to hear all about my time in India.
#66
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Hi there!
I'd like to know if there is an International Tourist Bureau in Pune? I checked online at Indianrail.gov, it only lists these cities (KOLKATA, CHENNAI, BANGALORE, AHMEDABAD, SECUNDERABAD ,JAIPUR ,JODHPUR ,VARANASI, NEW DELHI ,AGRA-CANTT. ,MUMBAI), but then i searched this thread and Hochwieskopf mentioned there was one in Pune too. :confused:

I'm afraid that I won't get my tickets for train 11041 from Pune to Guntakal on 5th november confirmed. I bought them in september with WL16, now it only moved to WL12 ..
If I checked the FTQ right, there should be 2 Tickets, aaargh! Pleease let them still be there in 8 days when I get to Pune. [cry]

Thanks for the help!
#67
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No, there is no dedicated foreign tourist desk at Pune.
You can try to get an emergency quota confirmation: The office for this is outside the main station along the rails to the western end of the railway station premises past the luggage handling. You will be handed a form. Make a short story about why you need to get to Guntakal (funeral, marriage...) and report about two days later.
I did it and it worked on a train I could have never gotten a reservation for.
You could also try to approach the station headmaster and explain your situation to him.
But there is still hope as WL queues tend to get more active closer towards the date of travel.
#68
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Originally posted by: ferry View Post

I'm afraid that I won't get my tickets for train 11041 from Pune to Guntakal on 5th november confirmed. I bought them in september with WL16, now it only moved to WL12 .!


That happens to be just 3 days after Diwali. Most trains around that time will be packed and getting seats on any train won't be easy. Book FTQ if you can.
#69
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Varanasi Foreign Tourist Centre

Thanks for all the info. I uust wanted to say that the Varanasi tourist reservation center is inside the main railway station, in the main corridor (under the giant clock) to the left as soon as you walk in. If you don't know the specifics of the train you want to book you need to go to the "Tourist Information Centre" which is in the corner two doors down from the "Foreign Tourist Centre", then proceed to reserve your ticket.

According to their sign, the working hours are: 8:00 - 12:50 & 14:00 - 20:00 on Monday through Saturday, and 8:00 - 14:00 on Sunday. I took some pictures if you want.
#70
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Booking for a small group on FTQ (others arrive later)

Hi - I want to book a train in December from FTQ. General Quota is already wait listed. I am currently traveling by myself but 2 friends will join me next month. If I got photocopies of their passports and visas, would I be able to get FTQ tickets for all 3 of us (even if only I went to the booking office)?
#71
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Originally posted by: Ossory View Post

Hi - I want to book a train in December from FTQ. General Quota is already wait listed. I am currently traveling by myself but 2 friends will join me next month. If I got photocopies of their passports and visas, would I be able to get FTQ tickets for all 3 of us (even if only I went to the booking office)?


I doubt it, but this depends a lot on the exact person manning the booking counter. You can try, but I suspect you'll just waste a lot of time at the reservation office.
#72
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Just booked a couple of FTQ tickets in Ajmer, you need counter number 9 which is open 8 - 8 and is marked supervisor counter. It is not inside the reservations office but in the entry hall to the station next tithe tourist office.
The trains I booked which have FTQ were
12715, sanchkand SF Express (2 places in 3ac only)
And
19264, DEE Porbander Express ( places in all classes)
#73
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How much in advance do you need to book by for the FTQ? I want to travel with a friend Delhi-Ajmer on 4th March... we are arriving in Delhi that morning will it work to rock up at the tourist bureau and try and buy 2 tickets for the next train to Ajmer?...
#74
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Originally posted by: mangomaz View Post

How much in advance do you need to book by for the FTQ? I want to travel with a friend Delhi-Ajmer on 4th March... we are arriving in Delhi that morning will it work to rock up at the tourist bureau and try and buy 2 tickets for the next train to Ajmer?...


It might work if nobody else has booked them. You need to book no later than 4 hours before departure. Trains 12958 and 19106 have later departures with current FTQ availability for 4th March. The latter goes from Old Delhi rather than NDLS so you would need to transfer by metro
#75
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Bought my FTQ tickets today so saved a lot of potential stress!

So can give another update around that as well - Bhubaneswar has access to foreign tourist quota tickets :D they didn't have to contact anyone to get authority either, the lady just did it easily from her computer. Wahay!