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Essential Guide to Train Travel in India

Everything You Need to Know About India Train Travel


Taking a long distance trip on an Indian Railways train is one of the best ways to become acquainted with India. This guide to train travel in India contains all the information you need to have a great journey!

Making an Indian Railways Reservation

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Indian Railways requires reservations on long distance trains for all classes of accommodations except second class. This step by step guide will help you through the process.

Classes of Accommodations on Indian Railways Trains

When making your reservation, you'll need to choose what class you want to travel by. It can be confusing if you're not familiar with how the system works. Five different classes of accommodations can usually be found on long distance trains in India. Here’s what can be expected in each class, as well as some tips to help you choose the right class of accommodation to meet your needs.

Finding and Boarding Your Train

Railway stations in India are a carnival like hive of activity, where hundreds of passengers and well wishers blend with a multitude of vendors. These tips will help you find and board your Indian Railways train at the station.

Indian Railways Travel Tips

Worried about how you'll eat or what the bathrooms will be like? The thought of being stuck on a long distance Indian train, sometimes for days at a time, can be quite alarming. These tips for train travel in India will make your trip on Indian Railways as enjoyable as possible.

Will Your Waitlist Ticket be Confirmed?

Anyone who's traveled quite a bit on trains in India has no doubt had an Indian Railways waitlist ticket. The waitlist facility allows you to book a ticket but you aren't supposed to board the train unless there are enough cancellations to at least get RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) status. But how do you know if you will? Or how do you know if you will get a confirmed ticket? Here's an easy way to get a prediction.

Your Indian Railways Reservation Problems

There's nothing like trying to reserve a ticket for travel on Indian Railways as a source of annoyance. Issues with the internet reservation system, and failed attempts at booking, are common. Have you experienced a problem? Share your frustrations here and read about other people's problems.

Your Indian Railways Experiences

Have you traveled on Indian railways? What was your journey like? What class of travel did you find to be the best or worst? Readers share their experiences with us here.

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