Online train ticket purchase. Deliver 3 weeks prior to arrival. Good/Bad idea?

#1 Oct 21st, 2005, 23:25
Join Date:
Oct 2005
Location:
Boston
Posts:
18
  • mishmash is offline
#1
Arrive in India in about 3 weeks.

I've read the very good discussion of purchasing tickets from the India Rail web site. I understand that you need an address in India for delivery. The tickets are typically delivered 2 - 3 days after online purchase - from what I've read.

Since I have a tight itinerary planned, I thought it would be wise to get my train tickets now. Then I would not have to be concerned about trains which are often 100% full.

I have four trains of concern:

(1) Mumbai to Aurangabad (overnight)
(2) Aurangabad to Jhansi (overnight)
(3) Varanasi to Agra (overnight)
(4) Jaipur to Delhi (morning)

Once I have reserved my Mumbai hotel (which I hope to do within a day or so), I would inquire about them receiving my tickets.

Have others purchased tickets 3 weeks out?
Should I wait until a few days before my departure?
Should I wait until my arrival? (assumes those trains will not sell out)

Any other thoughts?

(getting anxious)
#2 Oct 21st, 2005, 23:30
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Murcia - Spain
Posts:
20
  • Jorge jr is offline
#2
Hi Mishmash,

I did it more than a month before my trip last August, and in two days the tickets were in the hotel in Delhi, even before i had informed them. Don't worry, because it works well.
#3 Oct 22nd, 2005, 06:46
Join Date:
Jul 2003
Location:
Nashik, INDIA
Posts:
4,096
  • SHIMLA is offline
#3
Get a prior written confirmation from your hotel that they'll accept and hold the tickets for you till your arrival.
Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop !
#4 Oct 22nd, 2005, 08:12
Join Date:
Sep 2001
Location:
Land that shakes and bakes.
Posts:
15,640
  • edwardseco is offline
#4
I keep getting an inconsistant message about the ability to collect tickets from the railway authorities themselves. What is the current situation about will call.?
#5 Oct 22nd, 2005, 09:15
Join Date:
May 2005
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Posts:
115
  • pezworld is offline
#5
I had the same concern, as I'd had conflicting answers as to whether Delhi will-call is available. I emailed the Indian Rail customer service about two hours ago, and received this email shortly after. The answer is yes, in New Delhi only:

---
Dear Customer,

Kindly note that you can avail the facility of special NRI personal
collection of tickets, which presently is available at New Delhi Only.
The collection center is located at:

IRCTC Limited
New Delhi Reservation Office,
IRCA Buildings, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi 110055.
Collection hours: Mondays to Sundays: 24 hours

for this you need to give the above address while booking as your
delivery address.We retain your ticket in our office.
#6 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:21
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Brisbane Australia
Posts:
268
  • Aussie 5 is offline
#6
Hi
I successfully booking my 9 rail journeys over the internet 60 days before the day of travel. I was ready at the computer as soon as booking opened on the relevant day. This meant that I received confirmed seating for each journey with no anxiety about being on a wait list or RAC. Of course, I had also sought my hotel's OK for them to receive the tickets beforehand and also sent them a copy of the booking with my authorisation for them to receive them and keep them in a safe place until our arrival.
Suggest that you book ASAP.
#7 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:26
Join Date:
Oct 2005
Location:
Australia
Posts:
40
  • HelloSing is offline
#7
Hi Aussie5,
I thought that there was a limit to the number of online bookings that could be made in one month.
Regards
#8 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:29
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Brisbane Australia
Posts:
268
  • Aussie 5 is offline
#8
HelloSing
Yes, I had thought that the maximum was 6 in a month but I spread my bookings over a two week period and the system kept on accepting them!
#9 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:33
Join Date:
May 2005
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Posts:
115
  • pezworld is offline
#9
You just answered my question, I think. I'm hitting the 60-day mark for my first train trip in a day or two, but I have several more journeys to book after that. You didn't book them all at once, but rather each day you hit the 60-day limit, right?
#10 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:37
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Brisbane Australia
Posts:
268
  • Aussie 5 is offline
#10
pesworld
Yes, I booked each leg as soon as it hit the 60 days from the date of the particular journey. Note that the booking on the first day opens late - I think 4 hours after usual bookings open.
#11 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:39
Join Date:
Oct 2005
Location:
Australia
Posts:
40
  • HelloSing is offline
#11
Thanks Aussie5,

Hmmm.... Interpretation please?

Terms and Conditions:
Quote:
3.3 Rules Governing the Booking of Tickets through Internet:
...
iii. A registered user cannot book more than Six (6) tickets(upto a maximum of 6 passengers in a ticket) in one calendar month.
Does this mean that if you make six bookings on say 30 November you can also make six bookings on 1 December? I wonder....

Regards
#12 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:42
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Brisbane Australia
Posts:
268
  • Aussie 5 is offline
#12
HelloSing
Cant answer your query, but from the regulation it does say a maximum of 6 bookings per calendar month - so you should be able to.

But from my experience I was able to book 9 rail journeys for two people in a two week period over the internet, so maybe that regulation is not being implemented. Of maybe it was just lucky?!
#13 Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:58
Join Date:
May 2005
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Posts:
115
  • pezworld is offline
#13
Maybe your two week period was in two different calendar months.

Hmmmm.

Only a little over a week left in October. This could work!
#14 Oct 22nd, 2005, 11:02
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
Brisbane Australia
Posts:
268
  • Aussie 5 is offline
#14
Pezworld
Nope - my 9 rail journeys were all booked over the last two weeks of September for travel in November. So the 6 booking maximum regulation was clearly not enforced for my bookings
#15 Oct 22nd, 2005, 11:06
Join Date:
May 2005
Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Posts:
115
  • pezworld is offline
#15
Well that's excellent news!

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Where can I pick up an online-booked train ticket? May 27th, 2012 18:14 11 5993 Indian Railways
Train, Mumbai to Goa on day of arrival, ticket/class advice needed. May 6th, 2005 19:46 21 7046 Indian Railways
3 weeks to go NO IDEA!!!!!! Apr 14th, 2005 14:21 3 1334 Introduce Yourself
Train ticket from Delhi pick up or deliver? (urgent) Nov 26th, 2004 15:34 1 2882 Chai and Chat
Amritsar - Good Idea? Bad Idea? Nov 27th, 2001 20:15 5 4336 Health and Well Being in India


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success