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#1 Feb 17th, 2011, 08:10
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I've read the stickies but I've got a few questions.

I'm planning a 30 day trip to India, 13th April - 13th May. My journey is something like this Mumbai - Goa (Margao – Colva/Benaulim) - Delhi – Chandigarh – Kalka – Shimla – Kalka – Mumbai

I plan to use the train between all the journeys. Ideally a few seated journeys for the views during the daytime and sleepers for the longer journeys. Also I wish to experience the Shimla Toy Train.

However, since its the summer vacation am I best to pre-book my tickets? If so, am I correct in saying I can only book six tickets online?

Does that mean, I couldn't just decide on one day that I want to go to Place X today or tomorrow and get the train there? Due to the rush time, I'll need to have pretty much all my train tickets in advance?

Also, if I buy a RAC ticket, I'm guaranteed a seat but not a berth but what's the difference between a seat and a berth?
#2 Feb 17th, 2011, 09:49
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am I correct in saying I can only book six tickets online?
Wrong. You can book as many as you want. Booing on IRCTC is limited to 10 tickets/month.

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Does that mean, I couldn't just decide on one day that I want to go to Place X today or tomorrow and get the train there?
For most journeys in Summer, yes unless its an extremely short day trip or you fancy yourself spending time in an unreserved compartment that is already bursting with people.

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if I buy a RAC ticket, I'm guaranteed a seat but not a berth but what's the difference between a seat and a berth?
A seat is also a berth by night. And RAC allots 2 people a single berth under the assumption that some of these tickets are likely to get canceled and then the TTE can allot full berths to the remaining people. Mostly doesn't happen in Summer, so consider yourself sharing the same berth with another person and neither of you being able to sleep or take turns to sleep.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Wrong. You can book as many as you want. Booing on IRCTC is limited to 10 tickets/month.



For most journeys in Summer, yes unless its an extremely short day trip or you fancy yourself spending time in an unreserved compartment that is already bursting with people.


A seat is also a berth by night. And RAC allots 2 people a single berth under the assumption that some of these tickets are likely to get canceled and then the TTE can allot full berths to the remaining people. Mostly doesn't happen in Summer, so consider yourself sharing the same berth with another person and neither of you being able to sleep or take turns to sleep.
Thank you for the reply.

I also read somewhere about tourist quotas. What are they and how much more can I expect to pay for them?
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Foreign Tourist Quota are not available on all the trains. You can book them only at certain stations in India in person. The rates would be the same.

More information about cities here http://www.indianrail.gov.in/international_Tourist.html
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Foreign Tourist Quota are not available on all the trains. You can book them only at certain stations in India in person. The rates would be the same.

More information about cities here http://www.indianrail.gov.in/international_Tourist.html
Thank you for the link.

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