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26 comments

Naydene Liebenberg July 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Yes please..would be very helpful..as I would like to book train tickets from South Africa.

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Roberta Spence July 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

That would be very helpful please

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Richard Parker July 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

PDF would be fab 🙂

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Mao & Then July 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Super helpful!

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Ketan Singh July 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

I like how thorough many of your articles are. This is helpful not just to foreigners but also Indians.

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Global Gallivanting July 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

Thanks so much – glad to hear that! 🙂

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Global Gallivanting July 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

Cool, glad its helpful – I will work on making it into a downloadable PDF 🙂

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David Williams August 23, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Can we get India train tickets from you?

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Anna August 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

From me? No, I’m not a travel agent so I can’t use my account to book for other people sorry.

The easiest way is to ask http://www.indiasomeday.com they can book train tickets for you for a small commission. I’ve travelled with them before see more here – http://www.global-gallivanting.com/my-review-of-traveling-with-india-someday/

hope this helps you 🙂

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Sujay Roy August 31, 2017 at 8:03 am

Good to see your love for India and Indian Railways. The blog is surely informative. However, you should be aware of the current updates of Indian Railways. To get updated info, keep a check on http://www.getpnrstatus.co.in

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Anna September 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Thanks, glad its been useful

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Shani September 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

Hi Anna,
what do you do about safety when needing to use the toilet if you are travelling solo? Do you have to take your day pack with you and have on your back? Could imagine it would be quite tricky sqatting on a moving train with a day pack on your back. I wouldn’t imagine it’s safe to leave it at your seat? Thanks

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Anna October 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Hi Shani, normally I have my valuables in a smaller pack and take it with me to the toilet. I also keep my smaller bag on valuables under my head normally when I’m sleeping. They do have handles to hold on too while squatting on a moving train and they also have some western toilets. You can also bring a chain to chain your bag to the seat but I haven’t had a problem with theft on the train. Hope this helps 🙂 Happy Travels

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Jules October 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Just had my 1 year visa approved, flights are now booked but I was dreading the IRCTC registration……… but using your detailed instructions and reading seat61.com I completedthe whole process and received verification codes in less than an hour. Thanks for a fab website Anna. Woohoo, India here I come 🙂

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Anna August 16, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Awesome! So glad my blog helped! Hope you have a great trip!

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Vikash Makkar December 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

Nice one you put ample information in your blog, also add this to solve the confusion about waiting list problem In Indian Railway.Thanks
http://blog.railyatri.in/decoding-the-myths-about-remote-location-wait-list/

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Riddhi March 26, 2018 at 11:51 am

Great blog and awesome pictures indeed. Your tips and suggestions will be certainly useful for many foreign travellers who come to India and want to travel safely.

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Anna May 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Thanks, glad its helpful

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Laxmikant Raikar June 19, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Great blog Anna,You know more than any other citizens of India.These information are very useful for people using railways.If possible kindly include info regarding dustbins in Indian railways.Many people don’t know that there is a dust bin present in every compartment,It is located below the wash basin.
Thanks,

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Anna June 26, 2018 at 8:44 am

Thanks Laxmikant 🙂

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Crystal July 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Hi Anna
Love your website! We are planning to visit India for the first time this October November and found your fantastic website. You give such amazing all-round advice – superb! We would like to travel mostly by train, so your train piece is just what we need. However, most of the photos don’t come up, especially the ones inside the different compartments. I have tried in several countries and with many different providers, so it might be an instruction problem on your side. Would love to see them, so could you please check this out. Thank you so much for an exceptional website. Kindest regards Crystal and Joerg

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Vishnu Vaghasiya December 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

Nice Article!!!
Thanks for sharing such a amazing article with us, keep it up more.

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DEVANSHU MISHRA January 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm

Ive been travelling in indian trains since i was 1 year old (because i’m from india ) . I dont know why i still half your article .

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Rashmi Desai February 18, 2019 at 10:09 am

Nice Blog !! It is a complete guide to the travelers especially foreigners. Food is also a major issue in India while traveling on a train. Call 07827998877 or visit traveler food website to order your food on your seat.

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Solo Female Travel in South India | Ani Anywhere October 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

[…] by train in India is the best experience! I will not talk about the many kinds of tickets because other bloggers already covered this topic. But I advise you to book your train tickets in […]

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live status August 19, 2021 at 8:47 pm

Train travel in India can be an overwhelming experience. It takes meticulous planning ahead of time. We were uniquely blessed to be easily able to travel the complex and far flung vast expanses of perhaps the third largest railroad system in the world. Arguably the most used railway system as well. Without going into detail I can tell you confidently, that it was absolutely splendid! In contrast to that luxury, we also traveled on all four gauges (narrow, meter, broad and standard gauges) of the vast Indian Railways on every known classification. On some stretches the four gauges ran within and concurrently. I don’t know of any other place on the planet where that is so common over long stretches, lol!

The sound of the tracks and bewitching alpine horns as well as the archaic whistle on some old hobbies is etched in my mind. Some of the best quality REM deep sleep I’ve ever experienced was in those wonderful trips. The scenery was exquisite. Whether it was rumbling through megalopolis urban centers or the tranquil expanses of the country side (a veritable diaspora of green farmland, to the dense and foreboding jungles to the serene expanses of the many ocean beaches, the landscape was haunting. Aside from all these we also enjoyed being unhooked from the train next to a private cove with a pond or lake to camp out at. Stuff of dreams that would easily be the envy of many. Uncommon and common experiences to cherish forever.

I have to say I’m compelled to agree, it’s an !incredible !India!

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