Varanasi to Mughalsarai at night - train or other transport?

#1 Nov 3rd, 2011, 14:31
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Hi all,

Only 4 sleeps till my party of 3 leave for India - so excited now! Trip all organised, with the exception of a short trip that I would like advice on:
After staying in Varanasi, we have booked a train to New Jalpiguiri that leaves Mughalsarai at about 11 at night. I have noticed there are quite a few trains doing the route, and read of taxis etc; so until now I thought we'd leave the choice till we arrive.

Now wondering whether I should book one of those trains. But I have questions
- should we be able to just get on one of those trains, or will it need to be booked (in which case, I'll book from home)
- How safe would a taxi be at night?
- Will it be/feel safe arriving Mughalsarai at night? If not, I have read something about retiring rooms - does anyone know anything about them? Can you get one for a couple of hours? Or is there another good place at the station to wait for the train if we get there early, or train is delayed?

Thanks in advance for reading and commenting on my longer-than-intended post!
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I took an auto rickshaw to Mughalsarai in the evening but the exit out of the city is a nightmarish jam. Talk to the auto drivers in advance about the approximate time it might take. In my case it took more than 2 hours !!! And when I was told this I didn't believe because while coming in it took me about half an hour only but that was in the morning.
If there is a convenient connecting train you could take it. But in case there is a delay in its arrival you are in trouble. It might be too late for an auto then.
I waited in the station's platform for a couple of hours because I arrived too early and the train was a bit late too. Didn't feel unsafe. Mughal Sarai is an important junction as it is the last station of Eastern Railway. So it is always pretty busy and bustling.
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Originally Posted by beckfish View Post Hi all,

Only 4 sleeps till my party of 3 leave for India - so excited now! Trip all organised, with the exception of a short trip that I would like advice on:
After staying in Varanasi, we have booked a train to New Jalpiguiri that leaves Mughalsarai at about 11 at night. I have noticed there are quite a few trains doing the route, and read of taxis etc; so until now I thought we'd leave the choice till we arrive.

Now wondering whether I should book one of those trains. But I have questions
- should we be able to just get on one of those trains, or will it need to be booked (in which case, I'll book from home)
- How safe would a taxi be at night?
- Will it be/feel safe arriving Mughalsarai at night? If not, I have read something about retiring rooms - does anyone know anything about them? Can you get one for a couple of hours? Or is there another good place at the station to wait for the train if we get there early, or train is delayed?

Thanks in advance for reading and commenting on my longer-than-intended post!
Hi Mate!!

Varanasi to Mughal sarai is a journey that can be taken either by road or by Train. Plenty of Trains ply between the two stations and the time taken is around 40-50 Minutes. But the issue is that since you'll be travelling during winters, the trains tend to run late by 6-8 hours averagely. That might be a worry for you since you would like to travel only on booked accomodations.
By road, you have planty of Autos and other vehicles lined up outside Varanasi station that ply regularly between the two stations. You can book the vehicle directly once outside the Varanasi station. Try and leave atleast 3 hours before the scheduled departure time of your train as traffic jams are a common scene on that route.
As for waiting at Mughal sarai is concerned, you can easily spend 2-3 hours in the waiting room. You shall find many expats at Mughal sarai station waiting for their respective trains. Until and unless you do not pick up an argument with a local vendor, there should not be any problem waiting at the station for your train.
I assume you must have booked your seats in Guwahati Rajdhani express that leaves Mughal sarai at 11 P.M at night. Since it's an important train, it should'nt be late by more then an hour at the most.
I hope it helps you. Please feel free for any other query if any

P.S:- If possible, leave by 6.30-7 P.M from Varanasi.
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There are a number of ordinary passenger trains running between Varanasi and Mughalsarai. There is one at the evening that departs Varanasi at 6-25 PM and arrives Mughalsarai at 7-05 PM. You can take that but then you have to wait for 4 hours at Mughalsarai station. The train ticket can be collected just before the journey from the booking office at Varanasi station.
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you need to book your train tickets in advance-up to 90 days.
if you haven't got your tickets yet you can try for the Taktal quota (2days before the deparute of the train) or try at the train staion for Foreign Tourist Quota.
you won't be able to turn up and just get a ticket (except in unreserved).
if in Delhi before Varanasi you could reserve your tickets in the Tourist Booking office (on the 1st floor of New Delhi train staion).
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Thanks everyone for your quick and helpful replies. I have decided to get a taxi or autorickshaw as the train seems too risky, time-wise; also I thought it would be easy to just hop on a train, but it seems not! Thanks to your advice, I'll now also know to allow plenty of time!

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