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mattbri
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 13:54 on 28th Oct 2012

Joined: 13:50 on 28th Oct 2012
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I'm having a nightmare with this. Struggling to get my SMS OTP as I've got a gmail.com email account yet when you send an email from it sends as googlemail.com IRCTC say they don't match so won't give me my SMS OTP.

I'm still negotiating with them at the moment. Can I just start again and sign up for a new account or does anybody know how I can do it so I send the email from gmail.com ...........

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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 15:01 on 28th Oct 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
mattbri Wrote:
I'm having a nightmare with this. Struggling to get my SMS OTP as I've got a gmail.com email account yet when you send an email from it sends as googlemail.com IRCTC say they don't match so won't give me my SMS OTP.

I'm still negotiating with them at the moment. Can I just start again and sign up for a new account or does anybody know how I can do it so I send the email from gmail.com ...........

Cheers


Never heard of that one before! I can see why they're not playing ball, because the problem's not at their end.

I think I'd be inclined to start again from a different e-mail. In fact I think I'd probably want to change e-mail providers!
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mattbri
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 23:06 on 29th Oct 2012

Joined: 13:50 on 28th Oct 2012
Posts: 2
Well I managed to get it to work. Simpler than I thought, simple click in my gmail account swapped my password over and I've now got both of my OTP's. Problem I have now is that I can't get the accounts to link through cleartrip. Cleartrip say that my mobile OTP is incorrect..I know for a fact that it is correct as I'm copying exactly what is written in my email!!!

Things are never easy with India!!
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 12:58 on 10th Dec 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
Posts: 517
I'm thinking of doing a bit of travel after Nagpur - up to Agra and down to Mumbai (for E v I odi) then on to bangalore (I v P odi) then back up to Mumbai via Goa. Total about 4500kms it seems. Thing is I want to do as much of that by train as possible and have booked nothing yet. Are the stories on here of trains getting all sold out just because of the cricket or does that happen anyway? Is it unviable to just turn up and pay for these train journeys as I go?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 17:19 on 10th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
bishbash Wrote:
I'm thinking of doing a bit of travel after Nagpur - up to Agra and down to Mumbai (for E v I odi) then on to bangalore (I v P odi) then back up to Mumbai via Goa. Total about 4500kms it seems. Thing is I want to do as much of that by train as possible and have booked nothing yet. Are the stories on here of trains getting all sold out just because of the cricket or does that happen anyway? Is it unviable to just turn up and pay for these train journeys as I go?


Trains do get booked up weeks and (on some routes) months in advance. It is possible in theory to travel unreserved, and many trains do still have unreserved carriages. I definitely wouldn't even think about it though, at least not for a journey lasting more than about a couple of hours.

On trains that are fully booked you have two options for getting tickets at short notice: Tourist quota and Tatkal quota. Tourist quota tickets can only be bought from Indian Railways booking offices, preferably the "international tourist bureaux" that are found in many major cities, although not Nagpur I don't think. Tatkal quota tickets only go on sale at 10 am on the day before the train concerned departs from its point of origin and carry a supplement. These can be bought either on-line through Cleartrip or from a booking office. You'll need to get in quick though as soon as they go on sale.

Indian Railways with its different classes, quotas, waitlists, etc. is a complex subject, so read http://www.seat61.com/india .

Re. waiting lists, if the waitlist for your train is only small, you're very likely to end up getting on, because you're not necessarily only depending on people cancelling. There are quite a few special quotas for each train, many of which are seldom filled, and RAC and waitlisted passengers get stepped up to fill these unfilled berths at the time of chart preparation.

If you can't get on a train, there are normally buses available at short notice, or it's usually easy enough to get internal flights with no-frills airlines such as IndiGo, SpiceJet or GoAir even at short notice.
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 11:32 on 11th Dec 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
Posts: 517
Well I sent all the info out yesterday morning and have been sent the codes this morning, less than 24 hours, Not bad doing. I haven't the time right now to actually enter the codes and attempt to book trains as I'm up to work and busy as hell what with it being the last day. Will endeavour to have a look again this afternoon. Once again thanks for advice Big Harvey (amongst others) really has been a tremendous help.
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