Ok... how hot does the sleeper class get in mid July?

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I am all down for the sleeper class, but I will be traveling by rail the month of July. There is no AC and I am worried about how high the temps reach inside the cars.


Is it unbearably hot? I know the windows have bars so I imagine a breeze gets through but do you only feel relief if you have snagged a seat by a window?


Also when you book tickets can you book to be by a window or is it just luck of the draw once you board the train?
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Where? Which train/ What times?

July the monsoon has got to most of India and temps will be quite comfortable.
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Where? Which train/ What times?
No specific trains. I am planning on "circling" around the country, probably going something like Mumbai --> Agra --> Kolkata --> Chennai --> Kochin --> Mangalore --> Goa --> Mumbai

This is just to give an idea of the general direction I'll be heading I guess.
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Except may be Agra, the rest of the places in your itinerary will be covered by monsoon in July. The weather should be comfortable and you will get to see an occasional shower/downpour from the train, which is a wonderful experience in itself. Generally, lower berth seats beside the window will be given to elderly, but you may get them if you book online or even at the booking counters at the stations, depending on the rush for the tickets.
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very hot and humid. avoid it if you are not used to too hot and humid weather.
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Originally Posted by LookingForAdventure View Post I am all down for the sleeper class, but I will be traveling by rail the month of July. There is no AC and I am worried about how high the temps reach inside the cars.

Is it unbearably hot? I know the windows have bars so I imagine a breeze gets through but do you only feel relief if you have snagged a seat by a window?
You do not need to sit by a window, cause there are fans running at high speed. It's three fans in each 6 berth compartment plus a couple for the side berth.
If you have an upper berth it can get quite windy at nights but you can switch each fan on and of separately.
So, no it's not unbearably hot, enjoy
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Even during monsoon the thermometer can still reach the high 20's, 30 even and the moist atmosphere can make that feel even hotter...

The carriages have fans but there a period bewtween 12pm and 5pm when the fans just circulate hot moist air and if you're on the top bunk it can get a tad sweaty..
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Not that hot. Don't worry about it as July is not the hotest month in India. I have travelled many, many times in Sleeper class in July and have perfectly survived. I mist also say that I normally travel ib 2AC but quite often there are no better option than Sleeper and I don't care.

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I travelled from Mumbia to Goa ac1 coupe then from Goa to Murudeswar Ac2 and returned sleeper class now the Ac1coupe is fine but i couldnt see a dammed thing out the window AC2 was great no probs at all sleeper well before i set out i checked all the info i could on the sleeper class and yes its a little sticky and quite full of bodys but the one thing i didnt think of and didnt read about is the dammed Diesel fumes Every time you go under a tunnel the place just stinks of the fumes best ac2 or even 3 in my opinion
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I'm going to have to disagree with almost everyone for one main reason....

You never know if your train is going to become "unexpectedly" overcrowded. Temperatures are high during these months, and just imagine if all of a sudden, instead of having a relatively comfortable ride with three people on a berth, the train becomes overcrowded for some reason, and there are six people sitting with you on that one berth going all the way to your destination, and someone even insisting on sleeping with you (it most definitely happens). Or worse yet, you have to sleep sitting up because those same people won't let you lay down. Usually, the best place to be in this situation is on the upper berth, as you can still have some space to yourself (although you will probably have to share with other people's bags), but heat rises, and in these months the upper berths can be unbearably hot and uncomfortable. Fans do work consistently, but during these months they blow hot air. The above has happened to me during cooler weather and was still a major headache and inconvenience, so just imagine how put out you might feel if the heat is unbearable AND the train is overcrowded. I'm with ssharonuk, stick with ac2 or ac3 during those months.
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lol I would say if your body dosent get roasted atleat your brains will get roasted if its a day journey specially. Though the nights will be ok.
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If you're going to do a lot of travelling think about a Ac indiarail pass..These represent pretty good value for money.
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It seems that most of the people in this thread are from India but they have a very imprecise idea about the weather in July..., March, April, May and June are much worse for traveling in India. It seems that everybody travel in AC1-2-3 otherways they die on the attempt:do ntgetit.

Next advice will be to fly.


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Yes Jorge I see what your getting at but Monsoon is imprecise too, it doesn't rain all the time and the sun beating down on a a metal roof can make things warm, I've travelled in sleeper class in January and found the heat to be uncomfortable for a few hours in the afternoon. The tempratures are similar.
You won't die of course but it can get a bit uncomfortable.

I suggest the OP can try both AC and sleeper class and see where her comfort level lies.
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Unlike freemanx, I do not find the fans to be sufficient. I prefer to get the lower side berth, and to have the window open all the time. I find that there is a nice breeze all the time, except for when the train stops (either at a station, or unexplainably). If you do leave the window open, be very careful if you take pictures with a camera/phone. I took many photos, even though I was always fearful that my camera would bounce out of my hand and land outside, lost to me forever.
In any case, you can assure yourself of a lower side berth (or any other seat that you want) by going to irctc.co.in (or possibly at indianrail.gov.in). I went to the former, and did not have complete success. It was the fault of either my credit card issuer, or the fact that I did not use a credit/debit card issued by an Indian bank. I do have an ICICI Bank debit card, but I did not have sufficient funds in the account, so I did not try that.
As an alternative, you can go to the government railway ticketing office. In Kolkata, it is known as Fairlie Place. You can also, of course, go to the numerous travel agencies found in the cities, usually in the tourist areas and/or near the railway stations. However, my wife has had several disastrous experiences going there, and prefers Fairlie Place.
No matter where you go, it is best to get confirmed seats. However, I have read at least one post at this website that says that a waiting-list ticket is also good.

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