Problems for Booking

#1 Nov 15th, 2011, 16:16
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Since the last ten years have been booking lot of train tickets at the official web page www.irctc.co.in, and always in few minutes and have never got any kind of problems.

Today have tried to book some tickets with my registered name and password but it seems that now I need to update my profile and then cannot do it as I need a mobile number to get a code. The mobile number have an +91 ...., that means an indian mobile

Do you think there is a solution ?????

Thanks

Jorge
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I have never been asked specifically to update my profile, though a message on the main page (before login) asks to. I have not updated anything as there is nothing to change, but if its allowing you to book without making any changes, then please don't update. Mobile operators are not allowed to clear/process messages to anyone who have specifically opted in, so if you have not you are unlikely to get that sms. In that case you won't be able to book.

If you don't have an Indian mobile, then it will get locked. Quite a few cases here of people locked out of their accounts.
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At this moment cleartrip is the only site that you can use for train tickets outside India.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post I have never been asked specifically to update my profile, though a message on the main page (before login) asks to. I have not updated anything as there is nothing to change, but if its allowing you to book without making any changes, then please don't update. Mobile operators are not allowed to clear/process messages to anyone who have specifically opted in, so if you have not you are unlikely to get that sms. In that case you won't be able to book.

If you don't have an Indian mobile, then it will get locked. Quite a few cases here of people locked out of their accounts.
Thanks narendra.d,

After login I was asked to update to continue..., have tried several times but will try again. In the meantime have booked a ticket with cleartrip quite easily. They also ask for mobile or landing phone but it seems is just to send you messages...

Thanks again

Jorge


PD - Vonkla, have seen your message late. Thanks
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Jorge, make sure you book all your tickets by 31st December, I can't go into detail (until I get a final confirmation), but there's a real chance that foriegn credit cards will not be accepted on cleartrip from 1st January.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post there's a real chance that foriegn credit cards will not be accepted on cleartrip from 1st January.
That would stink. What would our options be then for purchasing tickets from abroad?
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Originally Posted by Drews60 View Post That would stink. What would our options be then for purchasing tickets from abroad?
Using an agent, or the more expensive Indrail pass.

I know someone who's ready to set up a train booking operation, with the tickets to be picked up from agents in the big metros, or tickets sent to the first booked hotel.

The person is waiting for official confirmation before moving ahead with their plans.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Jorge, make sure you book all your tickets by 31st December, I can't go into detail (until I get a final confirmation), but there's a real chance that foriegn credit cards will not be accepted on cleartrip from 1st January.
Thanks for the info Steven,

Have booked some of the tickets and must do it with others this or next week. Why everybody in India tries to make things worse and worse always ??? Next step will be not to accept foreign credit/debit cards in ATM's.

Jorge
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Originally Posted by Drews60 View Post That would stink. What would our options be then for purchasing tickets from abroad?
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Using an agent, or the more expensive Indrail pass.
However the immediate problem arises that authorized agents abroad, and so those where you could even get an IndRail pass abroad, exist only in a very limited number of countries. See bottom of page at http://www.indianrail.gov.in/international_Tourist.html.

It does just stink, if it is so. The Indian Railways just have a contract with ClearTrip, no, I mean they'll hardly be unaware of them and of foreigners' current options. Do they plan to accept foreign bookings themselves again? (I thought there had been some movement in that direction, but have heard precious little of it of late.)

So India has just won some international tourism award or something like that; its tourism minister even going so far as to claim that "tourism is the only industry which will help eradicate poverty from the masses"! Ha, blurdy har! --> See also http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ished-t150412/

Well, whatever. I personally never pre-book, anyway, but that's arguably not at all an easy approach, and then not all of us have all the time in the world and don't mind much where they end up. And I've certainly in recent years been biting all my nails and just jumping on a taxi to the next town already because nothing else went. If India wants less of the happy-go-lucky likes such as me and more of the affluent type with perhaps their few hard-earned weeks a year to spend and hopefully not just on India, this certainly wouldn't be the way to go about it, you'd think.
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It does make you wonder why India welcomes independant tourists.

Our visa application has taken 8 days and we live in the visa application area, no post, just a queue at the visa office.

Queue , does that exist in India?
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I have purchased a number of train tickets plus a prepaid hotel booking from cleartrip.com. The travel dates are in February. Now I have to wonder if these tickets and hotel bookings will be honored.
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Originally Posted by Drews60 View Post I have purchased a number of train tickets plus a prepaid hotel booking from cleartrip.com. The travel dates are in February. Now I have to wonder if these tickets and hotel bookings will be honored.
You should have PNR numbers for your confirmed rail tickets. Go into the Indian Railways site and check that the bookings exist as far as they are concerned. If they are in there I don't see why there should be a problem.

I have bookings of my own for February and they are on the IR system.
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Already booked tickets are not going to be affected. That would be too difficult not to mention foolish. Not that what Steven thinks is likely to happen any less foolish on IR's part.
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Originally Posted by Jorge Reverter View Post Thanks for the info Steven,

Have booked some of the tickets and must do it with others this or next week. Why everybody in India tries to make things worse and worse always ??? Next step will be not to accept foreign credit/debit cards in ATM's.

Jorge
Typically the changes by indian railways are to prevent black-marketing of railway tickets or 'proxy' ticket booking by 'agents' and ostensibly to allow people with genuine/urgent needs to be able to use the trains. Moves include not allowing agents to book tickets between 8 am and 9 am on Tatkal basis and allowing only 4 tickets in tatkal based on a single name (as opposed to 6 earlier)

The second step (not accepting foreign cc / debit in ATMs) will never come to pass - there's a private banking sector at play here - so the profit motive is stronger as opposed to the 'greater good' motive that drives the railways.
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Yes, I did verify my PNR numbers and my tickets are in the system. Thank you Dave W.

I have five more train trips in February that need to be booked. I'll continue to use cleartrip. I hope they will be around to assist me in my future trip planning. They have been a great help to me.

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