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

Thats put my mind at rest, all the travel guides go on about how busy the trains are and how they get booked up weeks in advance.
There seems to be such a massive price difference between sleeper class and the rest, but I guess its to be expected! It can't be that bad...can it?

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

If your plans uncludingthe dates are sure why not reserve the tickets in advance?
Though Feb is an off season, it is better to reserve in advance if possible.

If for any reason you don't reserve in advance and also that you don't get a reservation after landing in Delhi, then adopt this method:

There are some seats that can be reserved by foreigners being a tourist in India.Such seats are called Foreign tourist Quota. It has a seperate counter in Delhi, i suppose(pls check).You can cliam those seats called foreign quota.In this case you need to pay the cost of the tickets in euro/dollars/major foreign courrency.

Strongly recommend that atleast reserve the return journey (to reach Delhi)from where you would take flight to your country.

If you are travelling 1st time in india ALONE by train and if this is your first visit to India, suggset you to travel in 3 AC class( 2tier AC not necessary) mainly for safety and comfort. If you are travelling by Rajadahani express then it is an exception.Wouldn't recommend ordinary sleeper calss if you are alone.
Without fail take small chain with a lock and key to fasten your baggage that can be locked under your berth(there is a provison) so that your baggage is safe when you sleep.

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

Quoting citybell

There are some seats that can be reserved by foreigners being a tourist in India.Such seats are called Foreign tourist Quota. It has a seperate counter in Delhi, i suppose(pls check).You can cliam those seats called foreign quota.In this case you need to pay the cost of the tickets in euro/dollars/major foreign courrency.

From my own experience (in 2003) I never had to pay these tickets in euro's or dollars!!! And I am pretty sure that this isn't the case at this moment, I am going to India in feb and I don't take cash. You only need an encashment certificate when buying these tourist quota tickets (you always get these certificates when changing money in India, basically this is proof that you are foreigner).

The fact that you book your traintickets at foreign tourist quota is guarantees you that you have a bed on the train (on the day you want to travel, but to be sure book atleast one day before). Sleeperclass again is really not that bad. I would suggest that you first take 3AC and then try a sleeper. Then you can easily tell what's best for you. Some people need more comfort then other people. Cheers...

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

Quoting emilybrit

Thats put my mind at rest, all the travel guides go on about how busy the trains are and how they get booked up weeks in advance.

What travelguide of India do you have? If you don't have the lonely planet guide of India, it would be wise to purchase. It contains all the practical info you need.

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

When you claim for foreigner's tourist quota, you need to keep encashment certificate( that the banks or authorised foreign exchangers give you as a receipt)with you should the authorities ask forit when you pay in rupees.The encashment certificate is the proof that you have changed foreign money into rupees as a foreigner.You can use your credit cards too.

Never take a risk of reserving in the last minute even if it is a foreign tourist quota.There would be many foreigners like you seeking the seats/berths. If your plans are definite and dates are confirmed, better to reserve as soon as possible.

one word of caution: the touts in Delhi may tell you(when they see you approaching the reservation counter)that there are no seats and that they can help you.Never beleive them and approach the reservation counter by yourself.Lot of such scams have been reported by many tourists.

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

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting emilybrit

Thats put my mind at rest, all the travel guides go on about how busy the trains are and how they get booked up weeks in advance.

What travelguide of India do you have? If you don't have the lonely planet guide of India, it would be wise to purchase. It contains all the practical info you need.

I have the DK guide to India, which is ok. But I will definitely be investing in the lonely planet one!
I'm gonna definitely book my flight back up to delhi from Goa, as for the trains I think I'll wait until I get out there as my plans may change whilst I'm there.
All the advice has been fantastic, you don't know how much you've all helped me, thank you so so much
Emily

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

Quoting emilybrit

as for the trains I think I'll wait until I get out there as my plans may change whilst I'm there.

Exactly and that's why you'd better not book your tickets all in advance, its one big adventure... (that's higher travelscience)

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

Quoting emilybrit

All the advice has been fantastic, you don't know how much you've all helped me, thank you so so much
Emily

You're welcome ofcourse. Let us know how you enjoyed your India experience (it will be good or really bad....there is this saying about India: you hate it or you love it.....good luck!!!!)....

19. Posted by nutsinger (Inactive 12 posts) 10y

Ho ho! You're doing exactly what I did in 1977. My ticket from Delhi to Bombay (as it was then called) cost me about four bucks, for third class. I wouldn't do it again, because getting a seat was touch and go, and you had to fight your way on as well as off the train. It took 27 hours, as I recall, to get from Agra to Bombay, thanks to the many stops along the way. I sat cramped on a hard wooden seat almost the entire time, afraid to go to sleep for fear I'd wake up without a backpack.
Those were the days. It was not very enjoyable at all. I would recommend a higher class of rail travel, unless you enjoy suffering.

The trip from Bombay to Goa was, by contrast, a lovely experience. It was on the deck of a small coastal freighter (which nonetheless carried a couple hundred passengers). The weather was beautiful, the mood was congenial and the time passed very easily. Coming into Panaji (or Panjim) was very exciting.

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

Quoting nutsinger

My ticket from Delhi to Bombay (as it was then called) cost me about four bucks, for third class. It took 27 hours, as I recall, to get from Agra to Bombay, thanks to the many stops along the way. It was not very enjoyable at all

27 hours by plane from Agra to Mumbai for 4 dollar. I wonder in what amount of time the train managed to reach Bombay in 1977!!!