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#1 Sep 4th, 2012, 03:50
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hello
im planing a trip to india from the 4th December 2012 to 15 january 2013. i fly into Delhi.

I have really got a schedule sorted but i want to visit delhi, agra ,khajuraho, varanasi, amritsar, and most rajasthan. ( i would love it if you can recommend more places to visit)

Ive been reading lots of post of booking trains (panic) and how early do need to book the trains? and should i have a really strict itenary?

Are there certain journeys i will have too book in advance?

also how do i go about booking trains online or is it best to do it in india?

I know ive asked a lot of questions and any help would be greatful?

i will try reply asap
thank you
#2 Sep 5th, 2012, 03:27
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Most trains can be reserved 120 days before they depart and for most trains you need to reserve ahead.
Some trains have a few seats reserved for foreigners, they are often available but these you can only reserve in India.

I often use the site Erail.in to discover the availability. Select the places between which you want to travel and play with the calendar an quota functions the get the best result.

For booking tickets from abroad, start with this thread http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...012-a-t165379/
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thank you for your help. i thought i had posted a reply a while ago.
thank you
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Train prices

ello
i fly to india on the 4th december for six weeks.
i am travelling by myself for 3 weeks and meeting with a friend for the other 3 weeks.

im traveling on low budget but would like to do a cheap as possible but want too see as much as possible. i dont mind spending money on trains getting to see as possible.

i want to travel by train for all my journeys. i would like too use over night trains for most of the long journeys if possible.

I dont really have much of an itinerary yet but have been looking at train journeys on this website http://erail.in/erailold.htm.

Are prices different from when you book it in advance or wen you book it 2 days in ahead of the journey.? Is the there much difference in price.?

Thank you
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No. Unless
1) You book against Foreign Tourist Quota or an Indi Pass
2) You book Tatkal ticket whose booking starts a day prior to the departure of the train fro its originating station.
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I have never heard of an additional charge for Foreign Tourist Quota; have they now instituted one?

IndRail passes are a whole 'nother subject.
The map is not the territory. --Alfred Korzybski
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Fluctuation in Exchange rates from Dollar/Pounds etc. to Rupees may incrr in a slightly increased conversion. If one pays in rupees, one suffers no loss (Not from Railway point of view but monetary point of view)
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Wonderwoman - There has been no change to the situation.

Dip - But you can't buy FTQ until you get to India anyway. Whether you are buying FTQ or General as a tourist you still have to convert your currency into rupees.

An Indrail pass might be more expensive - it depands how much you use it.
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Imagine someone being a NRI having Indian Bank Account (NRE/NRO). He can easily withdraw money from the ATM and pay in Indian Rupees.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post Imagine someone being a NRI having Indian Bank Account (NRE/NRO). He can easily withdraw money from the ATM and pay in Indian Rupees.
Nothing wrong with that. The deposits in an NRE account were originally made in foreign currency and those in an NRO acccount may at any time be converted into foreign currency once taxes due on them have been discharged.

And in any case foreign exchange regulations no longer have anything to do with "conserving" foreign exchange: the Reserve Bank is drowning in the stuff. They are only supposed to prevent untaxed or "black" Rupees being converted into foreign exchange in Paharganj back-alleys and transferred via hawala to Dubai or anywhere else.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post Imagine someone being a NRI having Indian Bank Account (NRE/NRO).
Somehow I wasn't imagining kishnikoff as an NRI. I need to become more broadminded.
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There was a community of so-called White Russians in India who had settled there after the Russian Revolution. As late as 1977* there was a Russian Orthodox Community in Delhi that held mass regularly as guests of the Anglican Church of North India. So "Kischnikoff" could well be a descendant of a White Russian exile and as such entitled to OCI or PIO status.

*Soviet Foreign Minister Andrej Gromyko visited India in 1977 accompanied by his wife, who attended one of these masses.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post I need to become more broadminded.
And better informed.
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I thought I did say "someone" ..?

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