Late train reservation

#1 Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:53
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After reading all the nightmares IMers have when trying to book train tickets i thought i would book mine whilst in india over the counter.

I want to travel from Cochin to Madgaon on the 24th Jan and will be arriving in Mumbai on the 11th. Would it be advisable to book when i arrive in Mumbai or would this be leaving it to late (don't want to be stuck there)

Or should i sit at my computer for 8 hours as most IMs seem to and persevere. acually i'll probably be sat there for a few days after looking at the site

Or another option is to go through an agent.

Help, what shall i do.
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Your question appears to be "If I wait until January to book this train, will there be any berths left?".

I don't think anyone on this forum will be able to give you the answer you're looking for, but I suggest that you persevere with IRCTC. January is a very busy travel month.

You could check availability at indianrail.gov.in from time to time, to give you an idea of how quickly the train is filling up.

But you might like to consider this. I have been up since 2.30 this morning trying to book berths on a train for which reservations open today. It took several hours, and was incredibly frustrating, but I did eventually manage to get the three berths I needed - by which time there were only 4 air-con places left on the train (and only 93 non air-con). And this for a train that does not depart for another 60 days.
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#4 Nov 3rd, 2007, 14:28
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Here's your train choices.

Train 2431 Ernakulam Jn (Cochin) 22:35, Madgaon (Goa) 10:25

Train 6346 Ernakulam Jn 14:15, Madgaon 05:50

2431 is the Rajdhani, one of India's premier trains, all your meals are included in the price, you really want to get booked onto that train, the times are so much better.

IF this is the only train you want to book, do it through SD Enterprises, Wembley, London, but you will pay more money, especially for the Rajdhani as short term Indrail passes are downgraded by one class on the Rajdhani, however, the Rajdhani covers the journey using a 12-hour pass*, where a 24-hour pass would be needed for train 6346.

* - I've managed to find 'availability info' for the Rajdhani for the section between Ernakulam & Madgaon, this indicates that bookings are permitted for this section, HOWEVER, Rajdhani trains don't normally allow bookings between intermediate stations and this train runs from Trivandrum to Delhi, if you have to book from Trivandrum (and board the train at Ernakulam) the journey time for the 'booked' section then goes over 12 hours, so a 24-hour Indrail pass would be needed, if this is the case (combined with being downgraded 1 class) it would be a very expensive option, have a word with SD about it. (I will too)

If you want to book a few trains, persevere with the Indian Railway booking website (IRCTC).

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...e-money-t1795/
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Thanks guys, you've answered my question, persevere i will over.

Just one more question, i was going to book 2A but have noticed you will be not able to enjoy the sights outside due to darkened windows. How obscured are they.

Sorry to be a pain but have to get it right as i'm dragging my husband around india and he's not really a traveller.
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Thanks a mil Steven

Thats my answer, will contact SD Enterprises.
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The window situation varies from train to train, just make sure you wipe both the inside and the outside of the window when you get on the train.

You can't really travel in Sleeper Class (not air con) if your husband isn't really a traveller, Sleeper Class is great fun, but can be a bit much for someone new to travel.

The old First Class (non air con) is the way to go, a great way to travel, but those carriages are few and far between and there are none between Cochin and Goa, but there are some from Cochin to Mangalore in case you were thinking of stopping anywhere on the way to Goa, there are then slow 'passenger' trains from Mangalore to Goa, these call at many stations along the route, Murudeshwar (on the route) is a great place to visit (and easy access to Jog Falls from there), the passenger train has bookable 2nd class (not air con) seats (2S) and is a great way to travel short distances.

On most trains, when youíre booked in an air-con class you can walk through to Sleeper class and find a seat (if available) or sit by the open carriage door and watch the India go by, again, a great way to travel, you can sometimes open the carriage door in the air con carriages, but often the train man will close it.

At night the air con classes are blocked off from the rest of the train, so you canít walk through.

(Rajdhani trains donít have Sleeper Class and travel fast, so the chances of having the outside door open are limited)
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Thanks again steven, What would people like me do without people like you.

Have talked to my husband and have decided to go for the 1415 train 6346 in 2A. Chose this one as we'll be able to see more sights thoughout the day.

Would live to stop on the way but am trying to keep my itinery simple to break him in gently, that way i'll get him back the year after.
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Sorry Steven,
Just one more question is the 2A 4 beds in a compartment, or two beds.
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In that case, 2 tickets booked online would cost about £30, 2 tickets booked through SD would cost about £50.

That train fills up quickly, so you need to be ready to book the train on about 26th November.
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Originally Posted by Chinadolly View Post Sorry Steven,
Just one more question is the 2A 4 beds in a compartment, or two beds.
2A is open plan, no cabins or coupes, see photos halfway down the following page.

http://www.seat61.com/India.htm (next to 'Air-conditioned 2-tier')
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post * - I've managed to find 'availability info' for the Rajdhani for the section between Ernakulam & Madgaon, this indicates that bookings are permitted for this section, HOWEVER, Rajdhani trains don't normally allow bookings between intermediate stations and this train runs from Trivandrum to Delhi, if you have to book from Trivandrum (and board the train at Ernakulam) the journey time for the 'booked' section then goes over 12 hours, so a 24-hour Indrail pass would be needed, if this is the case (combined with being downgraded 1 class) it would be a very expensive option, have a word with SD about it. (I will too)
For anyone interested.

I just checked with SD, they can book the Rajdhani for the Ernakulam - Madgaon sector, but the usual rules apply, the pass is downgraded by 1 class, so if you want to travel in 2A, you have to book for 1A, and if you want to travel in 1A, you have to book a 4-day pass. (yes, that's correct, a 4-day pass for a 12 hour journey.)
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Thanks again Steve

Have contacted SD and they are going to book the train tickets and post them on to me at a cost of £27.00 per person (Cochin to Goa)
Hassle free, worth paying that little extra
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Originally Posted by Chinadolly View Post Thanks again Steve

Have contacted SD and they are going to book the train tickets and post them on to me at a cost of £27.00 per person (Cochin to Goa)
Hassle free, worth paying that little extra
Little extra? You've just paid £54 for two tickets that would have cost you £30 if you'd booked them yourself...
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Originally Posted by Mickey S View Post Little extra? You've just paid £54 for two tickets that would have cost you £30 if you'd booked them yourself...
Your right, so i decided to book myself, and i thought i had it sussed untill i got to the payment field (c/card details) don't know what box to tick. Tried one and visa came up (paying with M/C)
lost the booking. Help, it's probably staring at me but can't see it.

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