My girlfriend and I will be in India soon and we aren't going with any tours or anything so was wondering how much hassle it is buying train tickets - any advice at all from anyone? Is it best to book in advance and if so what are the best websites to go to?
I asked about trains in india previously and had some very helpful responses here...
Trains in May and June are usually crowded, so if u want to travel during this period ensure that u have reserved ur seats well in advance. Online train tickets can be booked on www.irctc.co.in
Most of the important trains have the foreigner quota, but unfortunately it cant be booked online on www.irctc.co.in. Once u reach India, u can book through this quota at most of the major railway stations. Foreign tourists are relatively less in May and june so there is more probability of u getting tickets.
One more thing, if u miss this quota, then there is another quota, called "Tatkal Tickets" which can be booked in any train 5 days in advance at a slightly higher charge, this is available for booking online.
Lot of budget airlines also operate in India on domestic network, so u can also try that option and check for the low rates, if available on
DO let me know if u need more info