Which is better, Pune or Mumbai to Kolkata?

#1 Dec 12th, 2007, 02:49
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Coming close to planning my one big crazy train trip, heading from Pune to Kolkata, on or around Feb 2nd. There is one train going from Pune to Howrah that day, #2129, which leaves around 5pm and arrives at 3:50 in the morning .

I'm not sure how comfortable I am arriving in Kolkata at that time. Safety is part of it, but convenience is another aspect. Especially since I might be staying with friends, and to me it seems rude to show up on someone's doorstep in the wee hours of the morning.

However, Pune is quite well connected to Mumbai. And there seem to be plenty of trains from Mumbai to Kolkata on the 2nd, of which #2358 seems like a perfect option (leaves CST @ 9:25pm, arrives HWH around 1pm on the 4th).

Does this seem feasible? Or is it just completely back-asswards and inconvenient to travel all the way to Mumbai just to arrive at a more civilized hour in Kolkata? Or is 4am a perfectly respectable time to arrive? Should I sack the whole idea and splurge on a flight?

Yes, I have read all the usually cited threads about 30+ hour train journeys.
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Originally Posted by the opoponax View Post There is one train going from Pune to Howrah that day, #2129, which leaves around 5pm and arrives at 3:50 in the morning
You can count on being a few hours late anyway. If not, there's no harm in hanging around at the station for a bit before waking up your friends. If this looks to be more extensive, conveniently leave your gear at left luggage (called "cloak room") for hardly a handful of rupees so you are free to walk around. There'll probably be eateries open and whatnot, and morning starts surprisingly early. Your friends may likewise and likely be up early & may go out of their way to pick you up; just ask them what a decent time to arrive at their doorstep would be, and explain that you'll manage until a more decent hour (which they'll probably waive, but at least you'll have offered).

Backtracking would seem like overdoing it to me, indeed; unless it saves a whole lotta time or something (which I doubt).
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##The following three trains originate in Mumbai, + add 192 Kms. the Pune-Mumbai distance.
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The 2358 travels for 2259 Kms.
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The 2322 travels for 2177 Kms.
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The 2809 travels for 1969 Kms.
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The 2129 travels for 2020 Kms. with a journey time of 33Hrs.25 Minutes, and arrival time of 3-50 in the morning in Howrah is not that bad. You can spend time in Howrah and then move, as suggested by Mr.Machadinha.

##If you are in Pune, don't hesitate to take 2129 Azad Hind!!!!
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You Queried For Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
2129 AZAD HIND EXP 2-02-2008 PUNE JN HOWRAH JN GENERAL

S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 2A Class -3A
1 2- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0007 AVAILABLE- 0075

2 3- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0003 AVAILABLE- 0070

3 4- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0008 AVAILABLE- 0095

4 5- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0009 AVAILABLE- 0074

5 6- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0009 AVAILABLE- 0082

6 7- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0006 AVAILABLE- 0083
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You Queried For Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
2129 AZAD HIND EXP 8-2-2008 PUNE JN HOWRAH JN GENERAL

S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 2A Class -3A
1 8- 2-2008 RAC 6/RAC 6 AVAILABLE- 0053

2 9- 2-2008 RAC 6/RAC 3 AVAILABLE- 0078

3 10- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0005 AVAILABLE- 0088

4 11- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0004 AVAILABLE- 0057

5 12- 2-2008 AVAILABLE- 0013 AVAILABLE- 0080
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##Please note the 2A status for 8th and 9th, February,2008 had already gone into RAC and hence you are lucky that accomodation is "still" available for 2nd February, as at the time of posting of this Message!!!!!!!
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Life in Kolkata starts early. Your train in all probability will be late. Don't worry about safety Kolkata is comparatively a very safe city.
Where does your frinds live in Kolkata?

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