OK to board in Jaipur w/ticket from Delhi–Jaisalmer?

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Visiting India in Feb 2012. Friends got us tickets from Delhi to Jaisalmer via www.irctc.co.in. We got confirmed seating but was wondering if we would be able to board the train in Jaipur instead of Delhi. Will we lose our seats to other passengers even though our names are listed and our seats are confirmed?
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By the time the train has gone a couple of stations beyond Delhi it's likely you'll be classed as a no show and your seats will have been re-allocated.

I believe there are possibilities for amending your boarding station but as I've not done that I can't advise.
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You would undoubtedly be classed as no show if you left it until Jaipur. The text below is copied from the Indian Railways rules.

CHANGE OF BOARDING POINT :
If a passenger desires to occupy reserved accommodation from any station enroute, he would be permitted to entrain at any intermediate station he chooses irrespective of the distance from the starting station subject to the following conditions :

1. A specific request must be made in writing at the station from where the ticket is purchased and reservation made atleast 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the starting station.
2. The Railway Administration reserves the right to use such accommodation from the originating station up to the station at which the passenger is due to entrain.
3. No refund will be permissible for the portion of journey not performed by the passenger.
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Dave, please can you give the link to the page you got that info from.
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Thanks, Dave W and OceanTragic. That is what I feared. We land in Delhi on 10 Feb and planned on boarding the train at Jaipur on 15 Feb, so I think that gives me enough time to change the boarding point.

Do you know exactly where within Delhi rail station I need to make the change (name of a particular office?) and is it a fairly quick change (few minutes), or do I need to wait a day or so?
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Originally Posted by portisbrat View Post Do you know exactly where within Delhi rail station I need to make the change (name of a particular office?) and is it a fairly quick change (few minutes), or do I need to wait a day or so?
To be honest I haven't a clue. I've never had to do this. If it is a small station somewhere I guess that you would ask to see the Station Master. If it is NDLS the SM is probably a 4 star general and things might not be so simple.

Where did your friends buy the ticket? There are several stations in Delhi. If they live nearby maybe they could sort this before you get there or at least find out where you need to go.

Indian bureaucracy is better known for thoroughness than celerity so it might take a while to sort.
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Any PRS Counter would do.
Simply write a letter indicating the change in boarding point.
Go to the PRS clerk first and tell him about the needful. If he insists for a written document, present the document to Chief Reservation Supervisor, get it signed, give any stupid but believable reason (If asked for), present the letter to the PRS Clerk and get the boarding point changed.
Take your ID proof in original as a back-up,. (If asked for the authenticity of the said request)
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Where did your friends buy the ticket?
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Originally Posted by portisbrat View Post Friends got us tickets from Delhi to Jaisalmer via www.irctc.co.in.
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post Any PRS Counter would do.
Dear Dipyamanbasu

I hesitate to start a controversy here but why do the rules state

1. A specific request must be made in writing at the station from where the ticket is purchased and reservation made at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the starting station.

It would be much easier if you are right but will the Railways insist on following their rules?

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This is a long written rule and has not been edited for ages. The main reason for the phrase "Starting Station" is, in the begining days this facility was only restricted for passengers having booked from source station. The said trend continues till date (Unofficially like a rumour). This is why, even these days you would find PRS CLerks rejecting any application for tickets booked against intermediate stations.
Boarding Point needs to be changed atleast 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the train from the station where the ticket originally has been booked.
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A) One should make sure chart is prepared after that. If the said station (Original boarding point) shares quota with a previous intermediate station and chart for both gets prepared 3-4 hours as synchronized with the previous remote station, then the application should be forwarded in respect to 24 hours of the charting station.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/attac...ntnewrules.pdf
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Fair cop. I didn't spot that it was an e-ticket. Thanks for the clarification. Unfortunately the link you posted doesn't seem to work.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Fair cop. I didn't spot that it was an e-ticket. Thanks for the clarification. Unfortunately the link you posted doesn't seem to work.
First link is working fine. I have re-uploaded the second link. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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thank you, dipyamanbasu for the PDF. I will certainly print this out and bring along a copy or two when I try to make the boarding point change.

FYI, our originating station on the email receipt is Delhi (DLI). 14659 DLI/JSM Express.

According to wikitravel.org, DLI is Delhi Junction or "Old" Delhi Station
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I have just read both of those documents three times and I'm not really sure what they do say. I bow to your superior knowledge of the system. My sympathies go out to anybody who has to deal with it on a regular basis.

Best of luck portisbrat. Let us know how you get on.

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