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Train Travel in India - January

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1. Posted by lukeg1980 (Budding Member, 20 posts) 15 Oct '06 18:06

Hey guys,

Hoping someone can help alleviate my fears relating to train travel within India. Unlike many, my fears are not relating to the poor safety record of the Indian Rail Service, my fears are linked to availability. I am more then happy to go 2nd Class non AC if it is cheap, hell I'm happy to sit on the roof however I am concerned about how easy it is to move around by train.

Is it easy to get a ticket on the day of departure between major cities in the month of January? How far in advance must you book tickets? Is there many people which speak English on trains which may be able to assist me as to when to get off etc. My Hindi is non existent and while I love attempting to speak the local languages I am just wanting to check if there is a backup available!

Is train passes (monthly) a worthwhile expense (how much roughly incidentally?), I'm likely to travel from Delhi to Juipar (few side trips from here) then onto Mumbai (side trips) then Goa and finally flying out of Bangalore. All of this is occurring in Jan.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Luke

2. Posted by cadi (Budding Member, 8 posts) 16 Oct '06 00:03

if you plan 2nd class, bring warm clothes.
made the mistake of travelling light and was freezing at nights. Made my only trip 5 years ago, from Chennai to Delhi, and all worked out well. Concerning advance purchasing, maybe things are changed, but tickets tend to be sold well in advance.
People are friendly, as in many places in India.
Enjoy it.

3. Posted by nirigupta (Budding Member, 5 posts) 16 Oct '06 03:19

things have changed a lot in the last few years including reservations system. you can visit railway website www.irctc.com and make railway bookings as well.

January is not the peak season for tourists in India. If time is not critical you can get away without prior booking. As someone suggested make sure you have warm clothes with you.

4. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member, 190 posts) 16 Oct '06 10:12

hey luke .. visit the site niranjan has advised and half ur concerns would have vanished.

www.irctc.co.in not .com

u can book online & both e-tickets as well as i-tickets are available... e makes more sense as for i would need an address for it to be delivered to.

And jan is not peak season time...its usually summers april to june begining & october to december...so tickets should not be a problem.

Regarding Delhi-jaipur ... that could be done by road too...just a couple of hours..should be a good expereience...and jan would be much pleasant.

In india english will not be a problem..if not fluent english..ppl dp manage with some bits & pieces.

anything specific u wanna know... shoot

cheers!

costs would be available on the website ...so just have a look.

5. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member, 76 posts) 16 Oct '06 10:44

hello luke, we were travelling in India in 2002 crossing from Kerala to Pondicherry then from Madras to Bangalore then onto Goa. You have to book tickets a couple of days in advance but once you have then it is pretty easy going. 2nd class is pretty much O.K. but first class is not much dearer and a better way to travel on long journeys, the sleepers are fine. Most people are very helpful and nearly everyone speaks english. When your train arrives at the station, you will see posters on the outside of the carriages and your name will be on one of them so it is relatively easy to locate your carriage and seat. Stops at stations will let you off to buy food or vendors will board the train and sell you food drink etc. you can also order a hot meat for long journeys from one station and it will be delivered to you at another further down the line. Trains are very seldom on time but the joy of travelling with Indians outweighs the few small problems, they will share their food and drink with and are always inquisitive about your home and family. Go with the flow Luke you will have a great time. The toilets are interesting!!! stokesy