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The national railways of India, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations.

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How to find out the name of a fellow Indian train passenger?

A few days ago, I travelled on an Indian train. Near my seat there was a guy to whom I have given my book, but forgot to get it back. There is an important paper inside that book which I need. How ...
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How do I carry parrots on an Indian Railway train?

I have three parrots, I have to move to another state. How can I carry parrots on Indian Railway? Note: "Indian Railways" I am asking about the procedure, what documents are required (I heard that I ...
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How can I register for IRCTC internationally (without a +91 mobile number)?

When I try to register for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation website (IRCTC) https://www.irctc.co.in/, it is mandatory to provide a +91 country code phone number. How can I register ...
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Is food free in Duronto sleeper?

Is food free when traveling in Duronto sleeper class? I know that in 3rd tier, 2nd tier and 1st tier, food is free. But in Sealdah Puri Duronto, Howrah Delhi Duronto, is food free of cost? Is food ...
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What is the procedure to book luggage with Indian Railways?

I would like to know the procedure to book luggage. I will be travelling from Bangalore to Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) on the train number 15016 (YPR GORAKPUR EXP) and I have extra household stuff that ...
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What is the difference between a tatkal and premium tatkal ticket in Indian Railways?

What is the difference between a tatkal and premium tatkal ticket in Indian Railways? I wanted a book a ticket in tatkal but it shows already the tickets are in waiting list. How is that possible? ...
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Traveling from Bangladesh to India by train

Here's a bit of background about myself I'm an Indian national, who is in working in the US. My wife is Bengali (Indian), her grandparents were from Bangladesh. The next time we travel back to India ...
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Do empty tatkal quota tickets get allotted to wait-listed passengers?

This question is specific about indian railways. I've a train today evening. My ticket status is RAC33 and I don't think 33 cancellation are gonna happen in the next 8 hours. However, 73 tatkal quota ...
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Forgot to add one year old child's details while booking an Indian Railways ticket

I had booked a ticket for travel through Indian Railways using IRCTC and got a confirmed ticket. While booking, I forgot to mention the details of a one year old child who will also be traveling. ...
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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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Boarding a train in India at another station

I have booked a ticket on a train from Mumbai to Chennai and boarding at Pune. Since my schedules have changed, I will be in Mumbai on that day. Can I board the same train in Mumbai in my own ticket ...
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What is the fastest and most reliable way to reach Delhi from Sambalpur (in Odisha)?

I will be visiting India at the end of January in part to attend a friend's wedding in Sampalpur which is in the state of Odisha. The wedding is on a Saturday, and I leave from the Delhi airport in ...
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How to make a baby sleep peacefully during an overnight Indian train journey?

Indian train berths are quite narrow. Just enough for one person to sleep. My wife and I have a one year old son who sleeps besides my wife on her berth. He does not get his usual space which results ...
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Can I deboard and take rest at intermediate station and continue the journey till destination after 1 or 2 days gap?

Single reservation ticket taken for travel from Bangalore to Kadapa with intermediate station: Tirupati. Can I deboard at intermediate station Tirupati and after 1 or 2 days continue my journey? ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

I'm planning a one month trip to India starting from next week, and unfortunately I forgot to book train tickets for a few train trips. I have never bought Tatkal tickets (allowed to purchase 2 days ...
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Does the Nizzamuddin Eraklum Express (train 12284) offer free food for sleeper section travellers?

I want to travel from Delhi to Manglore with the Nizzamuddin Eruklam Express (12284). Is food offered for free to sleeper section travellers, or do we have to pay for that? When it reaches Manglore, ...
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Change Boarding Point of a CKWL ticket

I booked a tatkal ticket today from IRCTC and got CKWL 2. I wanted to change the boarding point of the journey, so I tried to change boarding point option on the IRCTC website.Unfortunately, I was ...
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When booking on Indian Railways, can you combine quota tickets with non-quota ones on a single booking?

A booking status shows RL/WL10, but 2 available under the Sr. Citizen quota. Would a booking for two Senior Citizens and one Adult, show confirmation against 2 Sr. citizens and waitlist against 1 ...
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Can I get off the train or discontinue my journey before reaching the destination station?

I have booked my ticket for Kanpur to Guwahati. Can I get off at New Jalpaiguri?
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What does ticket status RLWL2/RAC4 mean on Indian Railways tickets?

I have booked a ticket from Mumbai to Jaipur and was advised RLWL2/RAC4. What does this actually mean - will I have a seat? I did search a lot on the internet but that just described the full form ...
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Will unbooked Premium Tatkal tickets confirm my General Waiting List ticket?

I have a W/L 3 ticket for the Coromandel Express for the day after tomorrow. The ticket is in A/C 3 tier class which also has 18 RAC passengers in this train. So to get a confirmed ticket, I need to ...
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Forgot to provide details of children on an Indian railways booking [duplicate]

IRCTC (The Indian Railway online ticket booking agency) provides an option to specify details of children under five years of age who are travelling with the ticketed passengers. While booking a ...
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What are the tricks to get a confirmed Indian Railway travel reservation?

It is notoriously difficult to get an Indian Railway ticket reservation especially during festivals and summer. Now, people use tricks like booking the ticket for a less popular station after your ...
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Can I book a train ticket on IRCTC as a non-Indian citizen?

It seems like you're required to have an Indian identity card or something. Is it possible, if you don't have one, or must you use another site?
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Family booking of 35-40 people on Indian Railways - is it possible?

We are planning to travel in a group of 35-40 people. Can I make a railway booking in bulk for all of them in one go (I'm already a registered member at IRCTC) ?
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What will happen if 2 out of 3 seats are confirmed and 1 seat is in Waitlist which is booked via IRCTC online?

I have booked these tickets via the IRCTC website: Sl. No. Name Age Gender Status Coach Seat / Berth / WL No 1 Ravi 25 Female CNF S3 13 2 Rina 25 Female CNF ...
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How to understand the Indian Railways from abroad?

In many developed countries finding train routes and approximate times is easy. In the US, Japan, and much of Europe one can use a simple query on Google Maps. I have not been able to find such a ...
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How to buy IRCTC tickets outside of India if “International Cards” does not appear in the list?

I'm trying to book a ticket a month in advance with a foreign credit/debit card. All the existing options do not work. The system says: All international Debit/Credit cards can also be used for ...
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I had 2 RAC tickets but seat got only one

I had 2 RAC confirmed tickets, but seats were not mentioned. On the day of travel, I got a single berth for both the tickets. On the charts both names mentioned that a single seat was assigned. I paid ...
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Will I get refund if train was cancelled

I booked 4 Tatkal tickets from Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad and cancelled after 5 min. 1 hour later train was cancelled due to technical problems. Will I get refund or not?
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Eating on the Palace on Wheels, in Rajasthan, India if I have dietary restrictions

I've heard a lot about the train that was owned by a Maharaja and has become a major tourist attraction. I'm gluten allergic and have other dietary restrictions. I'm wondering if cooped up in a train ...
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Query regarding pooled quota waiting list ticket on Indian Railways

I have booked a ticket from Rajkot to Delhi in Porbander Motihari express as on 19.12.14 but out of the 5 passengers, 4 have been shown as confirmed and 1 in pooled quota waiting list. So whether ...
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Luggage booking system for Indian railways (Duronto Express 2nd AC)

I will be travelling with my wife and a three year old kid via Duronto Express from Kolkata to Bangalore. I have two confirmed seats in AC 2 tier. The seats are side-upper and side-lower ones. I have ...
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Best website for checking PNR status for Indian Railways

Many times when we train, we get waiting tickets. But to check PNR status, there are few websites which are always down. One is http://www.pnrstatusupdate.in Any more website to check PNR status?
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I've three waiting list tickets with status: WL3, WL4, WL5. Will all 3 get confirmed together?

I have booked 3 tickets to Rajkot Express & its showing Waiting List 3,4,5.Will I get all my 3 tickets get confirmed & when does they get confirmed?
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What is the formula to calculate fine in Indian Railways

I heard that the procedure to calculate fine if caught without ticket is (10 * {ticket amount}) + 25 I am not sure about this. Whether it is correct or otherwise what is the formula to calculate ...
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How many days before the journey 2S type railway tickets are available online?

How many days before the journey date, 2S (second sitting) type railway tickets are available in the online IRCTC website?
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Traveling by Train from Dhaka to Kolkata

I am a Bangladeshi citizen and I am holding a Bangladeshi Passport. Recently I got visa for visit to India and I want to travel by train. Is there any specific regulation for traveling by train to ...
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What are different waiting list terms used in IRCTC?

This may seem a duplicate question, but I have searched for different questions on Stack and Google, but none of the sources have been easy to understand. I need to know what the various ...
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How to combine two Tatkal tickets booked using one account?

As per Indian railways rule on Tatkal, a total of 4 adult passengers are allowed to book on one train ticket. Using my registered IRCTC ID, I have booked one ticket for me and my wife, and booked a ...
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Why does the IRCTC website does not have the provision for “Onward” tickets as It is available in counter bookings

I am able to make bookings of one train after another as a single ticket under the "onward" journey concept for a lesser fee than the sum of the individual tickets over a ticket counter, but the same ...
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How to reach Ahmedabad to Thane by train?

I will be travelling to Mumbai and from my company Thane is the nearest railway station. I will be travelling from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Can any one help me find the best train to travel? Should I ...
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Are the From and To stations in Indian train tickets only about seating?

I've seen in mentioned in a few places online that when you book a ticket from point A to point B in a train, you automatically get the right to travel from the originating point O of the train till ...
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Regarding quota percentage in counter booking

Somebody told me that on Indian Railways, 60% of seats are reserved for counter bookings and 40% for online bookings. Is this correct or not? Because while I am checking seat availabilty on the ...
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Can I carry my queen size bed in train as an extra luggage/parcel?

I am travelling from Yeswantpur to Guwahati. Is it possible to carry my queen size bed as additional luggage/parcel on the train with me.
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Is there a way to book tickets on Indian Railways without supplying your gender?

When purchasing a reserved ticket on any train operated by Indian Railways, one's required to enter the age and gender (male or female) of all passengers. However, for various reasons, I don't wish to ...
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How fast is the movement from Waitlisted to Confirmed Status on Indian Railways [closed]

If the travel date is more than a month away are the chances of getting a confirmed reservation good.
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Refund of cancelled Indian railway tickets - when does the 48h window start?

As per refund rules cancellation done after 48 hours before departure of train will attract 25 % penalty. Is the time of departure determined from the scheduled departure time of the passenger's ...
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Travel by train from Trivandrum to Ahmedabad [closed]

Is it safe to travel in train from Trivandrum to Ahmedabad in a Sleeper Class. Or do we need to opt for 2nd AC or 3rd AC ?
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American Booking India Train Tickets Through Travel Agency or Hotel

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, ...