Will I make this train on time?

#1 Jan 25th, 2011, 12:18
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So I booked a train from Hospet to Guntakal (18048 / Vsg Howrah Exp #) at 14:55 and then booked another train that evening headed for Delhi (12627 / Karnataka Exp #) which leaves at 00:55.

I'm a bit worried about putting these trains so closely together since I hear of epic delays. Do you think I'll be OK with catching the Delhi train? I think I spaced them out quite well and it's only a short journey between Hospet and Guntakal anyway.

Are my fears warranted or should I learn to relax? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by hexagonsun View Post So I booked a train from Hospet to Guntakal (18048 / Vsg Howrah Exp #) at 14:55 and then booked another train that evening headed for Delhi (12627 / Karnataka Exp #) which leaves at 00:55.

I'm a bit worried about putting these trains so closely together since I hear of epic delays. Do you think I'll be OK with catching the Delhi train? I think I spaced them out quite well and it's only a short journey between Hospet and Guntakal anyway.

Are my fears warranted or should I learn to relax? Thanks!
18048 will reach Guntakal at 17:10 ... and your next train leaves at 00:55 ... there is a break of 7.5 hrs between those two trains.... it should be MORE THAN ENOUGH ......
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I am rather concerned what are your plans for such long break.... you might get really bored if you decide just spend that time on railway platform..
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Maybe grab some food somewhere. Lock my bag up and explore a bit. Not sure! Idea would be greatly appreciated for Guntakal!
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Originally Posted by hexagonsun View Post So I booked a train from Hospet to Guntakal (18048 / Vsg Howrah Exp #) at 14:55 and then booked another train that evening headed for Delhi (12627 / Karnataka Exp #) which leaves at 00:55.

I'm a bit worried about putting these trains so closely together since I hear of epic delays. Do you think I'll be OK with catching the Delhi train? I think I spaced them out quite well and it's only a short journey between Hospet and Guntakal anyway.

Are my fears warranted or should I learn to relax? Thanks!
I took the same train to Guntakal after which I had to catch a connecting train Chennai Mail http://www.cleartrip.com/trains/resu...male_seniors=0 at 6.15pm. There was ample time for as I discovered later that the distance from Hospet to Guntakal is only 80-90 kms.

I had enough time to explore for a food parcel for my upcoming journey; which I found in the station non-veg refreshment Canteen . It was the best chicken curry I have yet eaten from a Canteen franchise! This was on 5th of this month.

Also if you heard good things about Udipi veg food then you can try Udipi Krishna Bhavan Canteen opposite the Hospet Bus Stand. Masala Dosa was excellent!
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Oh man...this sounds excellent. I'll just gorge myself on good eats, wander, and stock up for a 30 hour journey to Delhi. Thanks for the advice. Bookmarked!
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Originally Posted by hexagonsun View Post Oh man...this sounds excellent. I'll just gorge myself on good eats, wander, and stock up for a 30 hour journey to Delhi. Thanks for the advice. Bookmarked!
The chicken curry I bought from Guntakal station non veg canteen was for only Rs 40/- with two-three good small pieces of chicken. In todays India this will be unheard of!
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No matter how good the food on Guntakal station, 5.5 extra hours in Hampi will always be better (and I already know how poor the food is in Hampi), the Hampi Express is a reliable train (Hospet 20:30, Guntakal 23:05), and a Hampi-Guntakal taxi is an option.

Double check that you've booked the correct date for the Karnataka Express, it's so easy to get those 'after midnight' dates wrong.
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Adding to what Steven said, Hampi Express is by-and-large a good option if you're detraining at Guntakal, yes, as it has a huge amount of slack between Hospet-Bellary-Guntakal. Though it's usually over half an hour late at Hospet, it's almost never late at Guntakal *touchwood*
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I have done this Hospet-Guntakal stretch an few times and can agree to what Steven says. BEtter spend the time in Hampi than at Guntakal Railway station.

Not only is the railway station a little away from the main town, but it gets extremely boring to spend 5.5 hours there. Unless you can lock your bags somewhere and go exploring. No idea about the food there though. But in general I avoid food/drink from the railway stations for the consistently poor quality/quantity and the inflated prices. Food always better bought outside.
Hampi express is a reliable train and can safely be taken to connect to the Delhi train.
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If the original poster is staying in Virupurragaddi; then he/she should cross the river latest by 6pm.
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Yeah...I'll be staying in Virupurragaddi and I've heard about getting across before 6 PM. I've thought a good deal about canceling my ticket and booking a later one to Guntakal for boredom's sake. This will be my second week in India and I'm going to play it safe by waiting out the train for a few hours. I've booked trains after the one up to Delhi and it will create chaos to my schedule if I miss it. I'll have a book, music, and other means of entertainment. I've done it before and can do it again.

Are there usually lockers at the train stations? Are they secure? Would it be worth it to explore Guntakal proper for a few hours then come back? Thanks for the advice fellas.


By the way GametoTravel or anyone else...I'm a dude.
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The ac class waiting room looked quite clean and not over crowded. I am sure Guntakal would have a luggage cloak room(whatever they term it)but make sure that your luggage has a lock.

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