Can we book train tickets starting from any station (even different train route to the one desired)? e.g. we want to travel from Kolkata to Darjeeling. Could this be booked in Chennai for example?
Yes, it can be done from anywhere in the world through internet upto 3 months in advance.
Thanks for your quick response Kuku, but I meant can a train ticket for any given route be purchased from any train station in India?
Yes, of course !
But if you buy such tickets from a very small remote town in India, it may take some time as computerization has not reached there. All major and metro cities are ok.
I guess you are looking to find out if you can [b]"reserve"[/b] tickets between 2 stations from a third station? If that is indeed the question, then you can reserve tickets from any station that has reservation facility. They, however, charge you a little extra - 20-30 bucks.
Thanks for all your suggestions so far!
We are currently in Tamil Nadu and our two weeks in this state are nearly over.
We have another 11 weeks left in India. We have a good idea of where we want to go and would really appreciate any feedback on timings to make sure we have allotted enough time for each area. The timings below include travel time and don't necessarily add up to 10 weeks, since we want to be flexible to perhaps spend longer in one place or add somewhere along our route if we wish.
Kolkata - 4 days
Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Sikkim (Gangtok & Pelling) - 10 days
Varanasi - 4 days
Lucknow - 2 days
Agra - 3 days
Delhi - 5 days
Shimla, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, Bhagsunath or somewhere else nearby which is less touristy - 10 days
Amritsar & Attari 3 days
Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mt Abu, Udaipur - i.e. Rajasthan - 2 weeks
Ahmedabad/Diu or somewhere else in Gujarat - 5 days
Mumbai - 5 days
Thanks very much!
I personally don't think you need 5 days in Mumbai, it's just another city with not as much as Delhi - for example - to do there. It's expensive too for accommodation. We stayed one night and one day in Mumbai and thought this was too much!
Maybe you could cut a few days off and spend a little more time in Rajasthan instead? This will then give you a little bit of time to relax. When we were in India we moved on at a similar pace to you and got quite tired, so you might welcome the chance to stay a little longer in a nice place along the way.