Train Travel in India
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The rail network is extensive, and covers more than 60 000 km of tracks linking between 7000 and 8000 stations.
More about Indian Railway and its history:
India History: Indian Railway (opens in a new window)
I will talk about online booking in general, then about which channels you can use to purchase very cheap train tickets.
First I want to introduce you to the travel classes on trains in India and other helpful information about train travel in India:
Updated on April 23, 2012: IRCTC has now extended its booking/cancellation time, to 23 hours. The system of Indian railway is now closed between 23.30 and 00.30. They shut down the system for one hour due to maintenance.
Train route, date, travel class and which berth you prefer (upper, middle, lower, side upper and side lower).
These are the abbreviations Indian Railway use for their online booking:
1A = First Class air-conditioned
2A = 2 Tier air-conditioned
3A = 3 Tier air-conditioned
FC = First Class NOT air-conditioned
EC = Executive chair class, air-conditioned
CC = Chair class, air-conditioned
SL = Sleeper Class, NOT air-conditioned
2S = Bookable second class seat, NOT air-conditioned
II = Unreserved 2nd class, NOT air-conditioned
New Delhi: NDLS/DLI
Delhi S Rohilla: DEE
Visit this site: Indian Railway
These are the most convenient ways of booking online:
Need help on how to book tickets through Cleartrip?
Here's a detailed step-by-step guide.
Decided to book tickets via IRCTC?
A step-by-step guide on how to book tickets through IRCTC.
An introduction to how to choose berths on trains in India, and other useful tips.
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