Aloke - I am not much of a rail traveller but I am thoroughly impressed by your detailed description! So much so that I will consider this as an option to catching a flight... thanks a lot
What a savior this thread and Aloke's information was !
Your post is great and very informative. In a very similar situation, I have booked two tickets for a scheduled journey on 16th Feb ,2013 from sealdah to NJP via the Darjeeling mail.
I have booked the tickets online and its ac first class. But my and my wife's surname are mentioned according to our voter ids and hence its different.
Will it lessen our chances of getting a two berth coupe?
Also, when and how and to whom should i request for allotting us a 2 berth coupe?
Please let me know.
Thanks in advance
Great post on 1AC. I use this when I am not able to get 2AC in Falknuma Exp between Kharagpur (KGP) and Secunderabad (SC) (I do this route a lot since I work at the former and my parents live in the latter city).
I am in Hyderabad this week for our inter-semester break and will be returning to KGP this Saturday (1AC) on Falaknuma Express. Could not get 2AC due to IIT students returning to school :).
I am planning another trip between KGP and SC during Holi - I am thinking of 1AC since the weather will be getting hot.
I prefer Falaknuma to flying since it is more convenient from/to KGP. To take a flight I need to pay an extra Rs 2400 taxi each way between IIT KGP and CCU airport + the flight costs. Boarding Falaknuma at KGP station is easier + I get to do some work on the train (especially 1AC) & it is more relaxing. Also, Hyderabad airport is really far from the city and there is another Rs 600 or so for one-way taxi - the airporter bus seems good except I normally have luggage!
Put the 4 year old down as a 5, then pay the child fare for both children, that way you should get a 4-berth cabin to yourselves, otherwise, you'll have a stranger in the cabin with you.