Train reservations around Diwali? in Varanasi

#1 Sep 28th, 2004, 03:11
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Hello fellow IMers!
Does anyone have experience making train reservations near the time of the Diwali festival? I would prefer to make reservations as I go along, probably only 2 or 3 days in advance. Most likely I will be in Varanasi for Diwali. Will it be difficult to get a berth in sleeper class at this time? Any information would be very helpful.
#2 Sep 28th, 2004, 03:23
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Originally Posted by kailas56 Hello fellow IMers!
Does anyone have experience making train reservations near the time of the Diwali festival? I would prefer to make reservations as I go along, probably only 2 or 3 days in advance. Most likely I will be in Varanasi for Diwali. Will it be difficult to get a berth in sleeper class at this time? Any information would be very helpful.
Getting bookings from Varanasi can be difficult anytime, let alone Diwali, due to the number of Hindu pilgrims coming and going, as we found when, despite having Indrail passes and seeing the Station Manager about the Tourist and VIP allocations, we were unable to get a sleeper booking for 4 days. So if you can book earlier I would recommend it.
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Thank you very much. In general, is train travel crowded around Diwali time? As much as I would love to be in Varanasi for Diwali, it will probably be better to travel east. I need to be in Pushkar on the 18th and there are places in between I would like to see. Maybe Jaisalmer would be fun for Diwali?

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