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11. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Me too

Also braving the heat. Am doing Agra - Varanasi, Varanasi - Delhi, Delhi-Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer - Jodpur, Jodpur -Delhi all by train. Am flying Delhi to Kerala and back though.

Any tips/help? Will the air con work on the sleeper trains

12. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting louloul

Any tips/help? Will the air con work on the sleeper trains

Air conditioning in trains always works:)

At least i have never experienced such a problem in my 20 years of extensive train travel throughout India

Cheers and have a nice trip


13. Posted by na india (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

agra , delhi, jaiselmer , jodhpur .. all are going to be pretty hot in summers.. but i am sure u will find it all worth while.. do carry cotton clothes.. and cap to keep from the sun... do NOT leave your luggage unattended... pick pocketing isnt uncommon in india... and do take lots of picture at the TAJ MAHAL! its not everyday tht u see a monument of love that moghal emperor had had erected in the memory of his beloved queen mumtaz... and also remember to bargain for most of the things u buy as gifts .. indians are expert in bargaining... and also dont hesitate to ask for questions or suggestions from anyone... indians are helpful most of the times... . . . and if u have any questions , feel free to ask here.. :)

14. Posted by celeste123 (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Im planning on travelling in India during late june, have read that there might be some problems with weather so planning to stay north! Does anyone know if Darjeeling gets a lot of rainfall in June?


15. Posted by daljeet (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I would recomend flight instead of any rail trip that is more than 8 hrs long. Flights these days are less than $75 on all major routes.

You can also visit and compare flight prices for all different airlines.

Also as someone suggested try availing foreigner quota if you can but booking through tatkal is not very possible online as most tatkal tickets gets sold out within 10 minutes of opening. Also make sure you have a reserved seat when you buy a ticket, beacuse it is highly unlikely that you will be able to travel on a train on a waiting ticket (at least I wont take the chances).

In the season of may and June you would be travelling at least in AC coaches, now you can book those online at upto 3 months before the journey.

Also anybody who is comming to India have to have to try the railway experience by travelling in the general coach. You would find the real india there. People interacting and sharing food with complete stranger, 6 people sitting on a seat meant for 3 and people sitting on the floor of the trains. Dont leave india without experiencing this.

16. Posted by wynwyn (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Look at us, we shall all be HOT sweaty crazy travellers during May/June in India!
Can i ask what is the difference between a "foreigner quota" and purchasing a normal ticket online?

17. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting wynwyn

Look at us, we shall all be HOT sweaty crazy travellers during May/June in India!
Can i ask what is the difference between a "foreigner quota" and purchasing a normal ticket online?

most of the trains hv some seats under the foreigner quota, which cant be booked online and are especially kept aside for foreign travellers, so u hv a good chance of getting seats under this quota.

u can also purchase a normal ticket online subject to availability, if this is full u can try the foreigner quota which can be booked at major stations

do let me know if u need more info:)

18. Posted by FLiPQC85 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys was just browsing and came across this thread. I will be travellin around India in Feb for 5 weeks and want to use the train system as much as possible, but will also use other forms. I have looked on a couple of sites but am still to get what im lookin for.
I want to travel but dont know if i should do so by train/bus or car between the following destinations:

Delhi to Jaislamer; Jaislamer to mumbai; mumbai to Pachmari (which is a hill station near Seoni in Madya Pradesh); then move onto varanasi then into Kathmandu, then obviously back to delhi.

Any type of information will be awesome as this is my first trip to india and am doing it solo to.

Thanks Franky

19. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Most of the routes that u have selected are linked by direct trains, hence it makes sense to travel by train rather than bus as the former is comfortable, safe and convenient. I will discuss your route in detail:

Delhi to Jaisalmer: Connected by a direct train service and it involves around 1000 Km

Jaisalmer to Mumbai: No direct connection available, u have to come to Jodhpur first(Overnight train from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur) and then there is a direct train from Jodhpur to Mumbai

Mumbai to Panchmarhi: Panchmarhi is a hill station so it is not connected by rail, the nearest railhead is Pipariya which is directly linked to Mumbai. Get down at Pipariya and take a taxi or bus to Panchmarhi( around 30Km)

Panchmarhi to Varanasi: Again there is a direct train from Pipariya to Varanasi

Varanasi to Kathmandu: Travel from Varanasi to Gorakhpur by train (5-6 hrs). From Gorakhpur u can reach the Nepal border at Sonauli in 2 hrs by bus, where u can complete the visa formalities and take the bus to Pokhara and Kathmandu from the Nepalese side of the border.

Kathmandu to Delhi: Either u can take a direct flight or come back to Gorakhpur and board a superfast train from Gorakhpur to Delhi (overnight travel)

The train timings, days of operation, fare can be checked on . On the home page click on the “Train/Fare Accommodation” link and type in the details are required. For online booking of train tickets use , booking of tickets open 90 days in advance. Check the fares and if it suits your budget, try travelling in AC-3tier coaches in trains, the fare of which is slightly more than the ordinary sleeper class but you will have a comfortable and safe journey.

20. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

HI there

This yr I travelled to India in May/June. It was hot but so what...bearable for me so no problem!!

I travelled Delhi - Agra by car but of course you can do train. Be warned - The Taj is closed on Fridays. We heard of some travelers going all the way to Agra only to find they couldn't visit the biggest tourist attraction in the whole of India.

We then travelled by sleeper train to Varanasi - No problem & yes air con is fine!! Best place to stay in Varanasi is Palace on the River. Great roof top restaurant & food. Friendly staff too. May was very quiet here.

From here we took an overnight train back to Delhi. Then Delhi to Jaisalmer by overnight train - you must stay in Hotel Fifu outside of the fort. If you ignore me, you WILL regret it. A beautiful hotel, location and so welcoming. We were the only guests here in May!

From Jaisalmer we took a train to Jodhpur. Then Jodhpur to Delhi.

You can book trains easily on the indian train website as early as 3 months in can book online on the website until 11pm at night (Delhi local time). We booked the highest class where possible and for some journeys this was a secure, 2 person cabin - locable.

Overall - we had a great time in MAy. You can quite often get great discounts & upgrades as everywhere is so quiet!

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