Train from Delhi to Dharamsala

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Hi All,

We are planning our first trip to India this summer and are hoping the weather won't scare us away forever!

Our real question is about booking train tickets to Dharamsala....is it possible to book when we arrive in India (we aren't took keen on e-booking)? We plan on staying in Delhi for a couple days before our departure.....do you think it will be sold out by then? We aren't sure how popular this route is during June/July...

Also, we do know that the nearest station is Pathankot and there are a few options from there to get to Dharamsala, has anyone taken the "toy train"?? Is it worth it or should be take a bus? How about a taxi? Or hotel pick up??

Thanks!!!
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Besides reading the useful link below, I suggest you book your tickets early.

Summer is high season, though schools reopen in June. But you will find it difficult to get tickets in the last few days.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...amsala-t20058/
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thanks for the quick reply, i just read that link after posting mine....

my boyfriend just reminded me that we will be in delhi for a couple days, then fly to kathmandu for a week and a half and then back to delhi on route to dharamsala....so, do you think 1-2 weeks is far enough in advance??

i guess we are resisting booking online because we don't have an address for them to deliver the tickets (unless to a hotel i suppose)....



how about suggestions for pathankot-dharamsala, he read an article about some "toy or small-guage" train, is anyone familiar with this??
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Yes, there is a narrow-gauge train service from Pathankot to Jogindernagar popularly known as the Kangra Valley Railway. It is a very scenic journey. I must recommend this. You can take the morning train from Pathankot and come down at Baijnath Paprola or Palampur. I would recommend Palampur, then come to Dharamshala by bus or car.
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Awesome recommendation, that was what we were hoping for...beautiful scenery! Is that something we can book before departing in Delhi?? I'm assuming the Kangra departure times are somewhat correlated with the arriving train from Delhi?
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Originally Posted by L&L View Post Awesome recommendation, that was what we were hoping for...beautiful scenery! Is that something we can book before departing in Delhi?? I'm assuming the Kangra departure times are somewhat correlated with the arriving train from Delhi?

I would recommend a day train to Pathankot, take rest in the night, and enjoy the scenic journey next day, fresh with energy.

remember, the Kangra Valley train timings may be correlated with timing of trains coming from Delhi but it will not wait if the train comes late.

Added INformation: The same system is also applicable for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

But for the Kalka-Shimla and Mettupalayam-Ooty trains, they are connecting trains and wait for the Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail and Nilgiri Express respectively.
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You can get e-ticket booking and print out your ticket - i-ticket is for delivery to your door. Failing this you can get tourist quota by going to New Delhi Railway station Tourist Bureau which is on the 1st Floor. I got Delhi - Pathankot evening train on the same day one time, through Tourist Quota here. I suggest you try and book online first.
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thanks for the advice...i know there is a lot of repetitive information out there & i'm trying to sort through it all...can you book 2ac online and print it out? we're definitely not ones to "rough" it for this long of a train ride. can you sleep in 2ac even though it isn't designated "sleeper"???
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You can book any class of tickets online and print them out.
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awesome....okay, so now i am getting confused between 2AC and the tier-system! this is so confusing, i have read a lot of the articles on here but seem to be having troubles figuring this all out. do we want regular 2AC (2nd class) or something else that i have to designate?
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You want 2AC - 2nd class AC (air conditioning). It works as a heater in cold weather as well. And unlike many posters I don't think it is too cold in extremely hot weather - you can regulate it within the cabin as well by closing one or two vents. I think the ticket may print it as 2A but can't remember. There is also 3-tier AC in some trains. Less expensive. It simply means more people in the carriage because the berths are a rack of 3 not 2 on the side walls.
Check out steven_ber's Train Information thread. If you don't want air conditioning you go Sleeper Class.
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You will find many threads here, specially the 'sticky' ones right on top, useful.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/indian-railways-f10/

2 tier a/c sleeper is 2AC (max 2 bunks high)
3 tier a/c sleeper is 3AC (max 3 bunks high)
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As far as the Sleeper Class goes, people commonly get confused with this. It just designates the second-to-lowest class, what you'd consider 2nd class; below that comes Unreserved Class, which is just what it says, and which you might think of as third class. All (well, most) classes can be slept in though. There are some seats-only cars, but they don't normally get deployed on overnight stretches.

See also http://www.seat61.com/India.htm#classes ; some of the details will be outdated I think, but it's basically still correct I believe. As noted, the "tiers" just refer to how many bunks there are.

The train information thread mentioned above: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...rmation-t1750/
All on sleeper class: http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...photos-t48782/
On various classes:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/polls...-train-t12770/
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...n-train-t3164/

Or check out that Trains sub-forum anyway, as the Capt. already suggested
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Originally Posted by L&L View Post Our real question is about booking train tickets to Dharamsala....is it possible to book when we arrive in India (we aren't took keen on e-booking)?
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Originally Posted by L&L View Post we're definitely not ones to "rough" it for this long of a train ride.
You've answered your own question above, booking in the last few days requires a lot of flexibility and luck.

ALSO, forget the Kangra Valley Railway, there's a 02:15 departure that has First Class (not air con) seats, the other trains (04:15, 07:10, 09:20, 13:00, 16:40, 17:40.) only have unreserved 2nd class and I've heard the trains are slow and crowded.

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can you sleep in 2ac even though it isn't designated "sleeper"???
2AC (listed as 2A by Indian Railways) is very comfortable and spacious seats during the day, then theses seats become beds at night.

One thing to remember when trying to book, Do a search for trains between Delhi and Pathankot, and then do a search for trains between Delhi and Chakki Bank, Chakki Bank station is 3 kms from Pathankot station, but most of the fast trains don't go to Pathankot station.

All Delhi stations have been linked/grouped on the Indian Railways computer, so a search for trains from 'Delhi' will show trains from all Delhi stations.
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McLeod

I get really excited when I hear people are heading to India and Dharamsala. We went 7 years ago and heading back at the end of the year. We booked our train tic from Australia and would recommend first class for overnight. We took the toy train great experience but takes forever and it doesn't take you to McLeod. This time we're getting a taxi. I also would stay in McLeod and not Dharamsala. Hope this helps and safe travels.......

We are planning our first trip to India this summer and are hoping the weather won't scare us away forever!

Our real question is about booking train tickets to Dharamsala....is it possible to book when we arrive in India (we aren't took keen on e-booking)? We plan on staying in Delhi for a couple days before our departure.....do you think it will be sold out by then? We aren't sure how popular this route is during June/July...

Also, we do know that the nearest station is Pathankot and there are a few options from there to get to Dharamsala, has anyone taken the "toy train"?? Is it worth it or should be take a bus? How about a taxi? Or hotel pick up??

Thanks!!![/QUOTE]
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