Getting FTQ tickets at Gaya Station?
estaesnuestra
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Getting FTQ tickets at Gaya Station?

I am tryih to get from Parasnath to NJP In a few days. While it's quicker for me to go Parasnath - Barddhaman - NJP, there is a long waitlist, whereas Parasnath - Patna - NJP has tickets available for the first leg and tourist quota for the second. Wondering if it is possible to get tourist quota tickets in Gaya? I searched Indiamike, but all he posts I saw about FTQ tickets where from stations like New Delhi and Mumbai.

Any suggestions?

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Originally posted by: estaesnuestra View Post

Wondering if it is possible to get tourist quota tickets in Gaya? I searched Indiamike, but all he posts I saw about FTQ tickets where from stations like New Delhi and Mumbai.


you can get tickets using FTQ in any reservation counter. however, larger complexes are more likely to have a separate line for the same. also, very small places who do not usually deal with this may have staff who may not be aware of the concept...

having said that, it should be quite feasible to do it in Gaya - assuming you are going to a main reservation complex (& not to a satellite branch).
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Originally posted by: paramiyer View Post

you can get tickets using FTQ in any reservation counter.


This is not true, not correct at all, FTQ tickets can only be booked at certain stations.

I'm not sure if Gaya station has a Foreign Tourist counter, I've a feeling it has, but I can't find it in the list of stations on the Indian Railways website, however, I can think of a few other stations that aren't on that list that definitely have a FT counter.
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Originally posted by: steven_ber View Post

This is not true, not correct at all, FTQ tickets can only be booked at certain stations.

I'm not sure if Gaya station has a Foreign Tourist counter, I've a feeling it has, but I can't find it in the list of stations on the Indian Railways website, however, I can think of a few other stations that aren't on that list that definitely have a FT counter.


Of course, I'm not a foreigner & I have not booked under FTQ, so I'll take your statement.
In my defense, this is the IR link I checked:
http://www.indianrail.gov.in/interna...l_Tourist.html - and it did not mention anything about FT Quota bookable only at certain stations.
However, I did see your experience in other thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...46/#post638755 - and believe it is not as simple as I thought.
I'll make a note of asking my uncle in IR about the details next time we meet & post the official version.
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Thanks all. Turns out we found a computerized ticket counter in Bodh Gaya and were able to get tatkal tickets instead (every travel agent tout said we'd have to go to Gaya or book through them, of course). They also said FTQ tickets were available in Gaya, but most of their information was questionable, at best. If I have time in Gaya, I'll look into it and post.

Thanks!
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Originally posted by: estaesnuestra View Post

If I have time in Gaya, I'll look into it and post.



Great news about the tickets.

It would be really useful if you could find out if there's a Foreign Tourist window at Gaya. (most likely a window that covers many things including FT)

I had a fascinating walk around Gaya a few years ago, my train was about 8 hours late, so I just started walking, found some really friendly people and had a great time, got back to the station well after dark, so much for Bihar being so dangerous.

Try to be up around 5 in the morning tomorrow, and go for a walk to the main temple at Bodh Gaya, just outside you can get fresh bread and chai, and the atmosphere at that time in the morning is one that'll live with me forever.
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Agreed - Bodh Gaya is best at 5am.

Sorry for the delay but I have info!

Ticket window 7 at Gaya station does FTQ (amongst other things).

The more you know!
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Originally posted by: estaesnuestra View Post


Ticket window 7 at Gaya station does FTQ (amongst other things).



Thanks for the update.
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FTQ in Bodhgaya

If you happen to be in Bodhgaya, you don't need to go to Gaya for your train tickets. There's a counter in Bodhgaya where you can also get FTQ tickets.
It's on main street at the turn off of temple street (the street with the giant Buddha at the other end). It shares a building with the Bank of India. The ticket window is to the right as you face the building. It's under a green roof. There's no sign. I don't know the opening times, but I was there on a Saturday at 10 am and got my FTQ ticket quite quickly (bring a passport copy).
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Originally posted by: DonPedro View Post

If you happen to be in Bodhgaya, you don't need to go to Gaya for your train tickets. There's a counter in Bodhgaya where you can also get FTQ tickets.
It's on main street at the turn off of temple street (the street with the giant Buddha at the other end). It shares a building with the Bank of India. The ticket window is to the right as you face the building. It's under a green roof. There's no sign. I don't know the opening times, but I was there on a Saturday at 10 am and got my FTQ ticket quite quickly (bring a passport copy).


Wow, I remember seeing the ticket window you're talking about (there's also one at the Golden Temple in Amritsar), but I didn't realise you could get FTQ tickets there.

Thanks for the info.
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Still true but you may have to insist

Just to update that this is still the case, however we were initially told it was not possible to book FTQ tickets. The guy behind counter was searching alternative train options for us when we queried again about the FTQ since we had heard it was the place to buy them. He then revealed it was possible to book there if we have passport photocopies (this can be done just across the road). So, if you encounter someone who is not in the mood or if there is a queue, you may have to insist!
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Originally posted by: Rachadelic View Post

Just to update that this is still the case, however we were initially told it was not possible to book FTQ tickets. The guy behind counter was searching alternative train options for us when we queried again about the FTQ since we had heard it was the place to buy them. He then revealed it was possible to book there if we have passport photocopies (this can be done just across the road). So, if you encounter someone who is not in the mood or if there is a queue, you may have to insist!


This is always the case - you need to show your passports in original as well as provide photocopies (though not every counter asks for the latter) in order to book tickets under the FTQ.

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