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Booking a train - problem
Posted January 28th, 2013 - 8:19 pm by from Nachod, Czech Republic (Permalink)
I made my account for booking train tickets from outside India according this website: http://www.seat61.com/India.htm#book - from outside .

I booked tickets from Delhi to Ramnagar and now I want to book tickets throw cleartrip.com from Ramnagar to Varanasi (10.2.2012 8:50 pm) and back from Varanasi to Agra (this train shoul be full, but can someone check it and tell me please?). If that train is full we will go throw lucknow. .It show me after clicking on "check availability" this error:!Could not get current availability. Please try again" I am trying it almost two days. When I try book for example Agra - Jaipur, it works.

Does please anyone know, where could be mistake?

Or do you think that we dont have to book it and buy it on place in Delhi 6th Februar? We want to have sleeping class and I dont know, if there will be enough seats if we book it 4 days before departure.

Thank you very much for any help

Posted January 28th, 2013 - 8:53 pm by from Srinagar, India (Permalink)
dear david,
the best way to book a train ticket in India is to book it through www.irctc.co.in. In the seat availability section, if it shows WL (waiting list), do NOT book it. mostly the seats will be full for 10th Feb. now here's the trick. u can get a confirmed ticket by choosing "tatkal" in the category section. and for that u can book it online on 8th Feb at 10 AM sharp(IST). instead of just 'sleeper class', go for 3ac or 2ac. both of these classes are sleepers with ac and curtains. in addition to that u will also be provided with blankets and pillows. these classes are safer and much secure. for any further help, feel free to contact me. I'll guide u to the best that i can. have a pleasant journey.

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 2:01 am by from Tempe, United States (Permalink)
foreigners can not pay with a credit card issued outside of India. Perhaps you have been able to coordinate this thru cleartrip. I was not able to and just got frustrated. Once you get to Delhi go to the main Delhi train station. On the second floor you will find the office that books the foreign quota seats for foreigners. take your passport along. There are some couchsurfers that only brought a copy of their passport. this did not work. have a good trip in India. Lets say you have to stay a few extra days in Delhi - then you are lucky because there are so many wonderful things to do there.