Traveling with Children

#1 Feb 4th, 2008, 17:32
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Hi Everyone,

I recently booked a journey from Mumbai to Goa for myself, my wife and 16 month old boy (AC class, 4 berth). We're all quite well travelled and realise this isn't a 'luxury' option. However, a close friend (Indian) has told me 'Don't do it!!'. He said it was a difficult trip.

What do people think? Has anyone done this trip with a child? Can you open the windows in AC class or will you be peering out through grimy double-glazing?

Thanks everyone,

Barnaby
#2 Feb 4th, 2008, 17:59
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Depends on the child. If it is an overnight journey the child may very well sleep thru the journey.
No you can not open the windows in an AC compartment.
You wrote AC class 4 berths. Is it 2 AC?
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Hi,

No, we're going by day. The idea was to feel connected to what's outside. Grimy, shut windows make me feel claustrophobic!

Think we'll fly...

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Barnaby
#4 Feb 4th, 2008, 18:12
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P.S. We've asked for a 2-berth (AC) but it's not guaranteed
P.P.S The little boy is robust and has travelled through Kenya and the States...
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The AC coaches are cleaner and much less noisy so it may be better for the child.
#6 Feb 4th, 2008, 18:29
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So you're travelling in First Class air con.

I did this on the same train with my 7-month old daughter, a complete waste of money, I simply don't like the class, it's too damn cold, the air con is on too high, the difference between the temperature in the corridor and the cabin is quite frankly dangerous, it's a long journey and you need to be able to walk up and down the train, but the difference in temperature prevents this if you have a small child.

Amazingly, I prefer the carriages at the opposite end of the price range (Sleeper Class), no closed windows and open to everything India had to offer, both good and bad, I don't think I'd recommend this class to someone travelling with a toddler though, mainly because the carriage doors are mostly left open during the day, but I think your child would enjoy the experience more than they would in First Class, I know my daughter did.

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Thanks for all the info.

Steven:

My boy isn't walking yet so it's relatively easy to keep him in one place...
Sleeper Class sounds more like what I had in mind.

Do you know if we can change our tickets on the day or should we do this in advance? Also (hope this isn't a stupid question) is there a Sleeper Class on the daytime trip Mumbai-Goa?

Thanks so much,

Barnaby
#8 Feb 4th, 2008, 19:13
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You're booked on the Mandavi Express (train 0103) I think, departing Mumbai CST at 06:55.....

When are you travelling?

You're unlikely to find availability in Sleeper Class if you leave booking till the last minute, if you really want to travel in Sleeper Class (read all the Sleeper Class thread first), then book tickets, side upper and side lower (SU & SL), once you have these confirmed tickets, then cancel your other tickets, but not before.

There is another, much faster daytime train, departing Dadar station in Mumbai (not Wednesdays) at 05:30 and getting to Madgaon at 13:55, however, the train doesn't have Sleeper Class, instead it has 2S - bookable 2nd class seat, this is a good way to travel, but I think the journey is too long for this class, as there is nowhere to lie down.
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Suggest reading also this thread by Steve for some background insights (and a fun read): http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...a-baby-t31533/

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