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#1 Jan 21st, 2012, 22:22
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has anyone travelled on the mangla express from Goa to Ernakulam? What is the 2 A/C class like?( There is no 1A/C on this train, we've travelled on the Trivandrum Rajdhani in the 1A/C class, was very good. Only problem is tht it arrives at Ernakulam at an ungodly hour.) How many berths are there in one compartment? We would be a group of about 22 people travelling together. Would we all be in the same compartment/wagon? How many 2 A/C class wagons are there on the train? AND- What are the toilets like?!!!
Many questions there!!
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There is a guide to indian train accommodatiom here

http://www.indiamike.com/india-artic...-indian-train/

22 people is a large party. You would probably need Indrail passes through an agent to have a chance of getting everybody together on the same train.

ADDITIONAL - It is best to refer to Indian Trains by number. Train 12618 has 2 2AC coaches.

When are you planning to travel?
#3 Jan 21st, 2012, 23:42
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You'll do well to get 22 people into a combination of 2A & 3A on ANY train on that sector, I've just done an availability search for almost 3 months ahead and struggled to find enough availability.

2A is a very good class, if it isn't good enough for a person, then India isn't the country for them.
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Thanks for your replies. Good to know tht there are 2 AC coaches. Does anyone know how many people a coach can accomodate . My question is more- would we have the entire coach to ourselves?
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An full 2AC coach has 46 seats.
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Originally Posted by zubi View Post My question is more- would we have the entire coach to ourselves?
No. The seats will be filled up to capacity on a busy train like this. As stated earlier you would be very lucky to get everybody into 2AC as the train will only have a limited quota from Goa to Ernakulam.
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Great info!!! So glad to hv joined !
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I wish you'd give us something to work with, for example, dates.

Why Goa to Kochi?

Will you all be returning to Goa? (from where)

Is paying more an option if it gets you a carriage to yourself? or if it just gets you all in the same carriage with the other berths occupied by other people.

There are solutions to your problem, but we need details.
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Would def be happy to pay more and have the whole carriage to ourselves.
I dont have fixed dates yet. Sometime late Oct. Not returning to Goa, just a one way trip and the idea is to have the train experience( flying would be the easiest, most practical but also the 'ordinary 'option).
Wondering abt toilets. How usable would they be? From my experience with the Trivandrum Rajdhani 1A/C , was pleasantly surprised. Wanted to know how this train would compare.

Thanks again for the thoughtful replies. really appreciate it.
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Wondering abt toilets. How usable would they be?
It's amazing what becomes usable when you are desperate. Don't they have rock festivals in Switzerland?


To be serious. You are asking for an awful lot. I doubt that IR would put a special coach on for you and then run it half empty. Indian passenger trains are subsidised to a massive extent and the policy is to fill every seat if possible.

You could approach one of IR's International agents and ask if they think your plan is possible. There is one in Germany and one in London. You can find their details in the International Tourism section of this website

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/international_Tourist.html

Failing that you could ask the Swiss Ambassador in Delhi to take it up with the Indian Railways Minister.

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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The Mangla Lakshadweep Express will be difficult to book 22 berths, I have seen there are 22 berths available for the Goa-Kerala sector, but In reality, I've only seen 22 once, it may have been an error, even 3 months ahead, the day after bookings open, apart from that 22, the most I've seen is 15.

If there is 22, then the only realistic way of getting all these is to use SD Enterprises, a London based Indian Rail agent, and get them to book using Indrail passes, you need to organise that about 4 months ahead, but as I said, if there are 22 berths, also, if you use this method, and you get everyone in the same carriage (not guaranteed as there are 2 x 2A carriages on the Mangla), there would still be another 24 people in your carriage.

Your own carriage is only an option if you hire a carriage and have it attached to a train, and the easiest way to do this will be to add it to the MAO-ERS Express, this train only runs on a Sunday, I very much doubt if you'll be allowed to attach a carriage to any other train, the cost of hiring a carriage will likely be 3-4 times the standard 2A cost per person, the main problems being that you have to pay for the carriage to be returned to Goa, and you'll only be filling half the carriage (but paying for it all), but you will all get 2 berths each.
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Has anyone travelled on the Madgaon Express 10215 from Madgaon to Ernakulam? How does it compare to the Rajdhani.
( timings of the madgaon expess are much more convenient, thhe train gets into Ernakulam ata decent hour. Unlike the Rajdhani that gets in at 1:30 am)
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Originally Posted by zubi View Post Has anyone travelled on the Madgaon Express 10215 from Madgaon to Ernakulam? How does it compare to the Rajdhani.
( timings of the madgaon expess are much more convenient, thhe train gets into Ernakulam ata decent hour. Unlike the Rajdhani that gets in at 1:30 am)
If you can book it, do it, worry about other things later.

What Rajdhani did you use, and when? (some use newer carriages)

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