online booking for a toddler

#1 Jan 7th, 2008, 23:30
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I am trying to do an online booking for me, my husband and my 3 yr old daughter. When I get to the IR ticket reservation page, I can't enter my daughter as a passenger because a message comes up saying her age needs to be at least 5 yrs.

I understand that she is too young to be charged a fee, but my question is: At what point in the booking process can I put her name down so they know she is traveling with us?

Thanks!
#2 Jan 7th, 2008, 23:41
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I had exactly the same problem and found there is no way you can enter the child's details when booking on-line.

Just have a word with the man who checks your tickets on the train and get him to add the child's details to his reservation chart.

What class are you travelling?

I was travelling in Air Con First Class with my GF and 7-month old, I wanted a 2-berth coupe instead of a 4-berth cabin, I got a cabin for my first trip (too late to do anything about it), but for the return trip I went to see the reservation superviser and filled in a form to request a coupe, it worked, we got the coupe for the return trip.
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We had the same problem, as my daughter was only 4 at the time of travelling. As I wanted a berth for her alone, I made her a couple of years older. No problem, as you only have to show one passport (yours) for the whole booking.

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Thanks Steve and Hans. It's my husband's first time in India so I am thinking about going 1A. Hans, that is a smart tip about faking your daughter's age. Did she do well in the berth by herself? I am still thinking about getting only two berths though and having my daughter sleep with me in the lower berth. I'm not sure that she'd like being in a berth by herself. I'm pretty small, only 5'2" - do you think there is enough room in a single berth for me and my daughter without someone falling out? That may be worse than having her own berth!
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The 'useable space' in a First Class (air con) lower berth is 200cm X 81cm, very big.

What routes are you travelling on?

Its the same measurements for non air con First Class, but much cheaper and in my opinion, a much better experience, however, the old non air con First Class carriages are rare.
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We're going on the Mewar Express from Delhi to Udaipur in early March. What makes the non a/c first class cabins a better experience?
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Bars across the windows in non AC (although a completely see through window can also be lowered into place) instead of a fixed (tinted) window in AC.

Also, First AC can be bloody cold as the AC seems to be on full blast all the time, to me, the difference in temperature inside and outside the AC cabin is too much and not healthy for a child, I stopped taking my daughter for walks up and down the train because of the temperature difference.

However, the timing of the new Mewar Express means that you'll be in your cabin for most of the journey, and once you get used to the temperature, it's fine and comfortable.

I travelled in non AC First Class on the Mewar express a few years ago, but the train now takes a different route and no longer has the old FC.
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I'm going to book 2 berths in 1A right now. Thanks so much for the dimensions, it does seem pretty spacious. I'm going to try for the 2-berth coupe when I get to Delhi too. Steve you are the best!
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Not sure if it will help.....

Where it says Choice, select UB for one person and LB for the other, that will give a lower berth and an upper berth (and hopefully a coupe).

However, you won't find out what berths you have till you go to board the train, you will only see CNF (confirmed) on your ticket.

You can try to request a coupe in Delhi, esp. if you have a lot of luggage (or the new, modern luggage that is too thick to go under the berths), but it may take a couple of hours to sort it out.

The clearance for luggage under the lower berth is about 29cms.

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