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1. Posted by anglosurma (Full Member 106 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry to ask for more help but ive tryed searching the historic forums and cant really get the reasurance i need.
But my question is im of to India {dehli} in 6 weeks and i want to travel up to the himalays by train or bus then travel over land by bus or train to mumbai and Goa.
yet i have heard that you have to book transport months ahead to get a reservation and although i know the route i would like to take i dont want to commit to it completely as i may change my mind when i get there.

HAs anyone ever been to India and just Jumped on the train or coach when they wish to ?

If so Does it cost double the normal fair or the same ?

Do you have to book Flight months in advance?

2. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am from India currently in there any specific place you are going to in the Himalayas?
You can get confirmed seats in trains even 5 days before actual date of journey using 'Tatkal' service. There is an extra charge of Rs 150-300 depending on category of coach. You can find more info in the Indian railways site - >

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


If ur heading to Himalayas travelling by road is the best option. there r beautiful hill stations in himachal pradesh which u can explore. Getting tickets in a train would be difficult as it would be a peak season in india.. there r no differential fares for trains.
As for air booking u can get flights on most of the routes even one day in advance but the fares steepen as ur journey date nears.

For online train booking u need to be a registered user for which u need a address, even a hotel address would do.

do let me know if u need more information.