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1. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

Hiya, I'm flying into Delhi on the 1st feb, I only have about 2 and half weeks in India, and really wanted to visit Mumbai and Goa. Does anyone have any advice about rail travel between these destinations, how long does it take and what class should I go for? Also how far in advance do I need to book my ticket? I must sound completely clueless but this is my first time travelling and I'm on my own. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks
Emily

2. Posted by jlwebster (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi Emily,

Me and my friend are travelling on that very same day to delhi too!( how weird)

We're going for 2 months and decided the best way was to get around is by rail and we found this really good website: http://seat61.com/India.htm

it will give you everything you need to know about how much tickets cost, what time the trains run and the duration of each journey.

as for the standard of travel thats really personal choice , but honestly the prices are so cheap you could easily go 1st class without breaking the budget.

Hope that helps

James

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Hi there. Railtravel in India is a great oppertunity to meet Indians. Don´t see it as just travelling from A to B....its an adventure at itself. Best you can take sleeper class. This is the cheapest but comfortable enough. Delhi to Mumbai probably costs you 6 to 8 euro, it should take about 18 hours (rough estimation). Tickets are easily arranged at foreign ticketreservation (they have touristquota´s on trains which means that there will be always space for you). I think its best to reservate your ticket one day before. In Delhi you can make reservations at the NewDelhi railwaystation. This railwaystation is next to the main backpackers-area of Paharganj. Hope you enjoy this fabulous and exciting country. If you need more info please send me a PM....Cheers

4. Posted by NicolaJ (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi Emily,

We just returned from India 2 weeks ago, I know you mentioned rail travel, which I agree is a wonderful way to see the country, but with only having 2 & half weeks there (as we did) Thought I would mention about the budget airlines which are springing up in India to get you to Goa & Mumbai much quicker. Apart from slight a delay (due to a military plane crash at Goa airport) the flights with Spicejet were great. www.spicejet.com , We paid approx £45.00 each way & it took just over 2 hours instead of the 35 - 40 hours between Delhi to Goa in the train (quoted from my Rough Guide)which obviously gave us much more time to explore in each place, they fly to Mumbai too. There are other airlines like Deccan & Kingfisher & Sahara but Spicejet were by far the cheapest when I booked.

Have a wonderful time what ever you decide to do, India is amazing!

Happy Travels
Nicola
:)

5. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

Thanks for all your advice, its so good to hear from people who have been there and done it. I realise I only have a short amount of time in India, but really want to see as much of the country as possible. I think I will take the train from Delhi to Mumbai and then on to Goa, but consider flying back up Delhi, as this is where I fly out of.
If anyone has any more advice of what to see and where to do, then please get in touch.
Thanks
Emily

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting emilybrit

Thanks for all your advice, its so good to hear from people who have been there and done it. I realise I only have a short amount of time in India, but really want to see as much of the country as possible. I think I will take the train from Delhi to Mumbai and then on to Goa, but consider flying back up Delhi, as this is where I fly out of.
If anyone has any more advice of what to see and where to do, then please get in touch.
Thanks
Emily

Since you have only 17 days in India I would suggest the following. Delhi (3days, including a daytrip to Agra where Taj Mahal is), Jaipur (2days), Jodhpur (2days), Udaipur (2 days), Mumbai (3 days), Vagator in Goa (3days).....back to Delhi as suggested by plane. Traintravel in between takes time as well, beware of that.

If this is your first time in India you need to take time to get used to the hustle an bustle of India. For me India was quite overwhelming when I first arrived (I go back next feb too...I am so loving this country). Don't let your first impressions of Delhi disturb you. If you make it in Delhi the rest of India is easy.

7. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

Here are some suggestions for you:
Since your flight would arrive in Delhi late night, suggest you to reserve your hotel atleast for the first night and ask the hotel to pick you up.This way you will avoid touts at the airport.

You can reserve train tickets with indian railways:
www.irctc.co.in
www,indianrail.gov.in

from 01st Jan,in most important trains, e-tickets have been introduced.Remember that it is difficult to get advance reservation during week-end travels.It is much desirable to reserve your return ticket(whether it is train or airticket) to Delhi (from your intended last palce of visit in India) since you will return to your country from Delhi.Suggest you to travel for your safety and comfort by 3 tier AC class in indian trains.

Regarding number of days to be spent in each place , suggest you to spend less in Mumbai as it is a mega city like anyother city in the world and that accommodation is expensive.

If you need any further information, pls feel free to ask.

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting citybell

Here are some suggestions for you:
Since your flight would arrive in Delhi late night, suggest you to reserve your hotel atleast for the first night and ask the hotel to pick you up.This way you will avoid touts at the airport.

That's indeed a good idea....

9. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

Would you suggest booking my rail tickets before I go, or will I be able to book them when I get to Delhi? Also I am unsure of whether to travel in sleeper class, or AC2. I know sleeper is very cheap, but want to be safe and comfortable, any suggestions?
Emily

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting emilybrit

Would you suggest booking my rail tickets before I go, or will I be able to book them when I get to Delhi? Also I am unsure of whether to travel in sleeper class, or AC2. I know sleeper is very cheap, but want to be safe and comfortable, any suggestions?
Emily

From my own experience I know that you can book your traintickets the day before (or even at the same day)......never had problems with that!!! To be sure you can book the ticket the day you arrive in a city (e.g Delhi, Agra, Jodhpur)...then you will be sure to have a seat/bed in the train. Sleeperclass is OK, don't worry. If you want to get a cold get a AC2 or AC3. The only difference is that you get a bed (with sheets for the cold) that is a few inches wider. Sleepclass only does have a fan which is fine if you travel at night. A sleeper is as safe as 2 or 3AC. Always lock your pack at the seat or use it as pillow.