I'm trying to book train tickets in India. I initially tried doing this through makemytrip.com, but I needed to have an IRCTC account. I've read before that foreigners could make an account, but now, for whatever reason, you need an Indian cel phone number and address (which I don't have).
I realize there was a similar question on this topic, but the marked answer links to a website with several solutions, all of which seem pretty convoluted and time-consuming.
I would like to imagine there's some easier way of doing this. I would specifically like to know:
- Are there any American travel agencies that I could go through that will just book the rail tickets? I've contacted that Australian company mentioned in the Seat61 website, but they haven't gotten back to us.
- If we just got into India, could our hotel make a train reservation for us? If so, how many days in advance would you need to book it (I'm going in July)?