Going to India for the first time. How easy is it to travel by train in India? E.g. from Mumbai to Goa? (Time is not a factor).
There are lots of different train, you can look for them as per your suited time.
Tejas is a fast and well equipped with luxury. It will be a treat to travel with this train.
There is a member who use to assist in getting train tickets done as online process is very complicated.
Getting your tickets from a agency, it will cost you some amount extra, it may cost you not much but it may in between INR 20 to 50 per person. Not more than this.
But you need to careful, tickets booked for you; should not be generated from personal a/c or id. As such things are illegal and it may cause you some real problem during your travel.
Railways department in India is now changing and changing really fast.
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Thanks for this very helpful reply. Is it necessary to book tickets before hand?
If you want an overnight train it has to be booked well in advance.Day trains are easily available.
It is very very easy, just book your tickets and travel. Either book by yourself or pay a small fee and have your tickets booked via a ticket agent.
Booking opens 120 day in advance. If you want to book online tickets by yourself, you need to register into IRCTC, which is quite hectic and it takes some time if one is trying from overseas and without an Indian mobile number.
In Indian trains, there are some classes: AC1st, AC 2, AC3 and sleeper. AC 1st class is best class, but a little expensive and not all the trains have AC 1st class. Then, we have AC 2 tier, which is second best class and then AC 3 tier, which I think is good, affordable class. Normal sleeper (without AC) is not recommended for foreigners. You can travel in sleeper if on a budget travel or if the journey is small, 1 to 3 hours.
Please feel free to ask for any help, question or suggestion.
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Please note that I just come to know from one of the Contributor - India TOURGUIDE786 that now you can registered your self with IRCTC directly with your International Mobile number .
Thanks, what a great development the Tejas is! Me and my traveling partner are however looking forward for a real Indian culture experience and not to concerned with luxury, so is the older train system still available? If so is it also easy accessible?
It is necessary if you are traveling in peak (tourist) season, long-distance, overnight journeys. You can get a seat if the journey is small.
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Book in advance!! Esp for tourist class AC Sleeper Class trains!
The other posts pretty much gave you all the info you needed. You can read the Seat61 website here for tips -
you do not need an Indian mobile anymore, which is great! It can be a bit complicated and you have to jump through many hoops but it is doable. If you want to have yourself some headaches and make sure you have the right trains, berths, seats etc, do what I do and book through a tour operator or a trusted ticket agent like Raj (above)
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