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Transfer your train ticket to your family!

Did you know that you can transfer your ticket to your family members?
You had planned a trip, but you are unable to travel on the reserved dates. Now, instead of cancelling the ticket, someone in your family can travel in your place – your father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband or wife. This has the advantage of not worrying about the seat availability at the late stage, and no further charges are added for making this name change. You also get to keep the same berths if travelling in a group.

How to do it?

  • For transfer of ticket, an application must be submitted atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.
  • You should contact the Station Master/Chief Reservation Supervisor of the nearest railway station and submit an application for the transfer.
  • Documents needed – You need to submit photocopies.
    1. Proof of age of both parties
    2. Proof of relationship – Some accepted documents for proof of relationship are ration card, voter identity card, bank passbook, passport etc.

A new ticket won’t be issued, but the changes will be noted in the ticket as well as the reservation chart. If you are an e-ticket passenger, take a printout of the ‘Electronic Reservation Slip’ along with the documents.

Transfer of tickets is also allowed in various other cases, with relevant documentation.

  • Where the passenger is a Government Servant while on duty, makes a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains
  • Where the passengers are students of a recognized educational institution and the Head of the institution makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, that the reservation made in the name of any student be transferred to any other student of the same institute.
  • Where the passengers are members of a marriage party and any person deemed to be Head of such party makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party be transferred to any other person.
  • Where the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps and any officer who is the head of the group, makes a request in writing at least 24 hours before the departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any cadet be transferred to any other cadet

Such request will be granted only once for the ticket. Please note that travelling on a ticket reserved for someone else is an offence unless you make the required name change as above.

National Rail Museum

There is a National Rail Museum dedicated to Indian Railway in New Delhi? Started in 1977, this has several exhibits featuring early antique trains in India, and has both indorr and outdoor installation in an area of 10 acres. It has two working trains of Patiala State MonoRail from the turn of the last century, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive, various carriages built for the erstwhile royalty of the region, and various other older engines and carriages. The place also features other instruments in use by the railways, and you can take a tour of the museum in a toy train run as well.

Advance Reservation

How many days in advance can you book your ticket?

The reservation open up 60 days in advance of the date of journey. For long distance trains,reservation can
be done 61 days in advance for stations where the train arrives at the second day of journey. You can book your ticket from any reservation centre in the country. (Doesn’t have to be the originating station). Tickets can also be booked through the website www.irctc.co.in

TRANSFER/RESALE OF TICKETS

It is an offense to transfer or resell your reserved ticket. Identity cards are required for any reserved travel to curb this.

a. Any unauthorized person selling or attempting to sell a reserved ticket,shall be punishable under the Railways Act.
b. If the the purchaser or holder of transferred ticket travels or attempts to travel therewith, he shall forfeit the ticket and shall be deemed to be traveling without a proper ticket.

Luxury Trains – Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train covering the southern states of India.It offers accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region.It also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, and conference, gym and spa facilities.It has on-board Wi-Fi connectivity, and satellite antennae providing live television service in the cabins.

It has two itineraries.

  1. Pride of the South is an 8 day itinerary covering Bengaluru, Mysore, Nagarhole National Parkx, Hassan, Karnataka, Belur and Halebidu, Hospet and Hampi, Pattadakal and Badami, and Goa.

    This includes a city visit of Bangalore, meeting the wild in Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Kabini, the opulent palaces of the Maharajas of Mysore, the monolithic statue of Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola, the temple complexes of Belur and Halebidu, the ruins of Hampi-a UNESCO world heritage site-and the caves temples of Badami.For leisure and sightseeing you will then be off to the beach-side paradise of Goa, before heading back to Bangalore.

  2. Splendor of the South has an 8 day itinerary covering Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. i.e Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey and Kochi and return to Bangalore.City visit of Bangalore, sightseeing at Mamallapuram,a visit to the laid back former French colony of Puducherry, the famous temples in Tanjavur,the ancient city of Madurai, and the southernmost tip of mainland India, Kanyakumari where two seas meet are the highlights of your trip. You will also visit the beaches of Kerala and enjoy a houseboat ride in the backwaters before heading back to Bangalore.

Luxury Trains – Palace On Wheels

Palace on Wheels was the first in its kind of luxury trains in India and it has gone through a complete revamp in 2009 with a new decor, itinerary and cuisine.There are 14 coaches in the train. Each is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. It has an 8 day itinerary covering Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. The journey starts and ends in New Delhi. Jaipur-the Pink city– is a famed tourist destination for its palaces and heritage hotels. The erstwhile princely states of Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh , Udaipur , Jaisalmer and Jodhpur presents the testimonials to a past in its beautifule placaes and forts. You have two wilderness trails in the itinerary in the Ranthambore national park in Sawai Madhopur and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur. A detour to Agra in Uttar Pradesh to view the world famous Taj Mahal completes the experience.

Luxury Trains – Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you through a seven day tour of the vibrant Rajasthan as well as the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh and the holy city of Varanasi and the famed Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The itinerary covers Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur,Chittorgarh,Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra before dropping you off at Delhi.You will experience some of the most beautiful places and forts in Rajasthan, marvel at the intricately carved statues of the Khajuraho temples, and visit that everlasting monument of love – Taj Mahal. You will also meet the big cats at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur. The train itself has a library, business Center, board Room and fitness Center and 13 deluxe coaches.

Luxury Trains – Deccan Odyssey

The luxury train Deccan Odyssey offers 10 itineraries covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta, Nashik, Kolhapur,Goa,New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur(Ranthambore), Agra, Vadodara, Shirdi, Badami, Aihole,Pattadakal, Bijapur,Hyderabad,Nagzira, Bhavnagar,Sasan Gir, Little Rann of Kutch, Modhera, Ahmedabad and Sanchi.Deccan Odyssey comprises of 21 luxuriously appointed coaches. Out of these 21 coaches, 11 are to accommodate guests and the rest are used for different purposes such as dining, lounge, conference car and health spa.

  1. Maharashtra Splendor is a week long tour covering Mumbai, Ellora caves and Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad, Tadoba Tiger Reserve,Ajanta caves, a champagne tour in Nashik, the cultural and architectural marvels of Kolhapur and culminating in a leisurely day at the beaches of Goa before yoru journey back to Mumbai.
  2. Indian Odyssey is a tour of 8 days and 7 nights from delhi to Mumbai,covering Ranthambore national park, the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, the majestic palaces of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur, the palaces and Lake Pichola in Vadodara.
  3. Golden Treasure Starting from Delhi , this trip of 4 days takes you to the Taj Mahal and other architectural wonders in Agra, Ranthamore national park and to the pink city- Jaipur. The journey ends in Delhi.
  4. Soul Quest is a short tour of 3 days from Mumbai to Shirdi, the abode of Sai Baba, one of India’s most revered saints.
  5. Spiritual Sahyadri is a tour of 5 days covering Mumbai-Nashik-Shirdi-Mumbai traversing Sahyadri Mountains.In Nashik, you can visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  6. Jewels of the Deccan covers Mumbai-Badami-Hospet-Bijapur-Hyderabad-Mumbai in 8 days. You will see the rock-cut caves of Badami, the ruins of erstwhile Vijayanagara empire and Deccan sultanate in Hospet and Bijapur and the GOlconda fort in Hyderabad among others.
  7. Maharashtra Wild Trail You get a sight of the spectacular wilderness of Maharashtra in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Tadoba Tiger Reserve. The UNESCO world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora are also incluyded in this 8 day trip.
  8. Hidden Treasures of Gujarat – This is a weeklong tour to vibrant Gujarat and will cover the famous destinations of Vadodara, Rann of Kutch, Ahmedabad,the World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh, historic monuments at Palitana and Modhera and see the only surviving wild population of Asiatic Lions at Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
  9. Indian Soiree – The 8 days and 7 nights ‘Indian Soiree’ itinerary from Mumbai to Delhi will take you across some of the best destinations in North, West and Central India. You will sightsee the Ajanta caves, the Buddhist city of Sanchi, meet the tigers in Ranthamore national park,the palaces of Jaipur and Fatehpur Sikri and the marvels of Agra.<.li>
  10. Indian Sojourn In 8 days from Delhi to Mumbai, you will cover Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur, Agra, Sanchi and the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.

Luxury Trains – Maharaja’s Express

Indian Railways also has few luxury trains catering to the leisure tourists. Maharaja’s express is foremost of these uber-luxury train services. Apparently the most expensive luxury train in the world, offers five aptly itineraries between the months of October to April.

  1. Gems of India – This is a a 4 day itinerary covering Delhi, Agra , Ranthambore and Jaipur and back to Delhi. The highlights include a visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Ranthambore national park. The tourists also have many optional activities to chose from.
  2. Treasures of India – This is a a 4 day itinerary covering Delhi, Agra , Ranthambore and Jaipur and back to Delhi.
  3. Indian Panorama Journey covers 2307 Kms in 8 days for through Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi. You will visit the palaces of Jaipur, Ranthambore national park, the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Also included in the trip are the Khajuraho temple, the holy city of Varanasi, the Saranath ruins and the city of Lucknow.
  4. Indian Splendour is an 8 day journey covering Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai -(Covering 2767 Kms). You will be seeing the Taj Mahal and the forts of Rajasthan to end your journey in the financial capital of India.
  5. Heritage of India is an 8 day itinerary covering Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi. Ajanta caves, an UNESCO World heritage site, has monuments dating from 2nd century BC.

The itineraries apart, the trains has two dining cars designed for full five dining service. A dedicated bar carriage, the Safari Bar, offers wines, liqueurs, spirits and beers along with snacks and starters and a lounge cum bar called the Rajah club equipped with a multilingual library and board games offers a casual lounge experience.LCD televisions, eco-friendly toilets, direct dial phones, DVD player, internet, individual climate control and electronic safes are available in each guest cabin.