Return Journey Need help

#1 May 16th, 2011, 04:47
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Hi
Returning to Kolkata as a 50 year old, last here as a back packer at 22 years old!
Need some advice,
Plan
3 days Kolkata
Travel to Bodgaya
12 days at Vispassna
Travel to Varanasi
3 days Varanasi
Travel to Kolkata

Can l book the train once l arrive in Kolkata or is that leaving it way too late
Advise on which train between towns
Hotels in Varanasi and Kolkata
Any problems in Gaya and travel to Bodgaya
Thanks
#2 May 16th, 2011, 10:15
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I haven't tried the tourist reservation office in Kolkata in a very long time; it depends on how fixed your dates are. Some flexibility is recommended.

Hotel in Kolkata: I try to stay at Fairlawn. It's expensive but I'm always treated well and it feels like "going home."
The map is not the territory. --Alfred Korzybski
#3 May 17th, 2011, 08:57
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if you want to book your train ticket to Gaya in advance use the Cleartrip website.
if all trains are waitlisted book in Calcutta.
the tourist quota office is on the ground floor at Fairlie Place-you may be able to get Tatkal quota if tourist quota isn't available.
best put train queries on the Indian Railways page on IndiaMike.
#4 May 19th, 2011, 15:31
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Originally Posted by louisemaree View Post Hi
Returning to Kolkata as a 50 year old, last here as a back packer at 22 years old!
Need some advice,
Plan
3 days Kolkata
Travel to Bodgaya
12 days at Vispassna
Travel to Varanasi
3 days Varanasi
Travel to Kolkata

Can l book the train once l arrive in Kolkata or is that leaving it way too late
Advise on which train between towns
Hotels in Varanasi and Kolkata
Any problems in Gaya and travel to Bodgaya
Thanks
it would be very tough for you to stand in long queue and book tickets in kolkata. make prior bookings!
#5 Jun 3rd, 2011, 05:58
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Thanks for advice. Wondering about arriving in Gaya at 2200. Can you travel in taxi to Bodhgaya or should l stay in Gaya the night?
Cheers
Louise
#6 Jun 3rd, 2011, 10:13
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All ur destinations are located on howrah(kolkata)-- delhi route.
so there are multiple trains all day.
If u r traveling unplanned my advice will be to take short distance trains and break journeys.
Enjoy!

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