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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 06:12 on 28th Aug 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2320
bobh Wrote:
I'll post back if I find the key to making all this work.


If you can't get it sorted and the trains you want are selling out fast, you can always resort to the old fashioned method, which is to buy IndRail passes from the chap in Wembley and get him to sort out out your reservations for you which he will do free of charge, or at least that used to be the case).

Phone S.D. Enterprises Ltd. 020 8903 3411 and let them know your requirements.

It does tend to be a bit more expensive doing it that way though.
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hedgehunter
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 21:48 on 28th Aug 2012

Joined: 09:31 on 21st Jan 2012
Posts: 28
bobh Wrote:
IRCTC getting its act together???
Have been wrestling with this on a daily basis for over a fortnight, while I can see the number of available sleeper tickets going down and down.
I already had an IRCTC account so I thought it would be straightforward.
In case anyone else is struggling, here's some of the things I've discovered.
1. Beware of mis-typing your email address. Once you've updated your IRCTC profile, you can't log in again till you've entered your mobile verification code - which you can't get by SMS, so they have to email it to you. And you have to request this from the mis-typed email address you put in your profile. [Guess how I discovered this - OK, that was my fault]
2. You may as well put in any 10-digits as your mobile number, because you'll not get the SMS messages anyway.
3. Your Cleartrip user-id has to be your email address (it doesn't say this on the web-page).
4. Cleartrip error messages don't always mean what they say.
5. The "Mobile Verification Code" is the same as the "Mobile OTP" - Mobile One-Time Password
6. The care@irctc.com team will reply to your email requests for help - but they have a limited number of stock answers. So you'll get one of those rather than the answer to the question you've actually asked.
7. Having now got a new activated IRCTC account, the Cleartrip site refuses to link to it. My latest advice - by phone, from Cleartrip - is to ask IRCTC to re-set my mobile verification code. Doesn't matter how I spell this out to IRCTC, it's beyond their comprehension.

I'll post back if I find the key to making all this work.
If all else fails, can I bribe someone into booking some rail tickets on my behalf?

hi bob try logging intoIRCTC with username and passcode, i tried this earlier and was able to select trains and dates and could have booked e-tickets but have already booked mine, so this could clear up the problem with cleartrip hope this helps
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pepper_brooks
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 21:11 on 28th Aug 2012

Joined: 11:47 on 24th Apr 2008
Posts: 443
Bob,
As a matter of interest, what date do you arrive in India?
PB
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MK_Mark_66
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 12:10 on 10th Sep 2012

Joined: 19:55 on 13th Jun 2008
Posts: 118
Hi All,

Thank you all for the useful advise.

I have registered with Cleartrip and been sent a mobile verification code from IRCTC however they advised that 'foreigners' can only purchase with a AMEX credit card.

Please can anyone advise how they managed to book with a mastercard/visa credit card.

Thanks


Mark
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FEL1948
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 16:45 on 10th Sep 2012

Joined: 08:40 on 3rd Jan 2012
Posts: 56
MK_Mark_66 Wrote:
Hi All,

Thank you all for the useful advise.

I have registered with Cleartrip and been sent a mobile verification code from IRCTC however they advised that 'foreigners' can only purchase with a AMEX credit card.

Please can anyone advise how they managed to book with a mastercard/visa credit card.

Thanks


Mark


Mark,
I've registered and linked up Cleartrip with IRCTC.
I then booked three different journeys on three different days with Cleartrip using my "Master Card".
On one of the bookings it "failed", but although it took my payment I got a refund in just a few days from Cleartrip.

When booking the journey if you select either payment by Credit Card (it allows VISA or Master Card) or Debit Card (it allows VISA, Master or Maestro Card).

Good Luck

Erik
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 20:58 on 10th Sep 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2320
MK_Mark_66 Wrote:
Hi All,

Thank you all for the useful advise.

I have registered with Cleartrip and been sent a mobile verification code from IRCTC however they advised that 'foreigners' can only purchase with a AMEX credit card.

Please can anyone advise how they managed to book with a mastercard/visa credit card.

Thanks


Mark


Nowadays the only foreign cards accepted by IRCTC are Amex, but Cleartrip also accepts Visa and Mastercard. That's the main reason why it's worth all the messing about linking your IRCTC account with your Cleartrip one and booking through them. That plus the fact that the Cleartrip website is much more reliable and user-friendly than the IRCTC one.
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keithc43
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 21:42 on 23rd Oct 2012

Joined: 22:51 on 3rd Sep 2012
Posts: 7
Looks like I have left it quite late to book train journeys, a lot have sold out but I can be put on the waiting list. Anyone got any experience of being on the waiting list, do you move up quite quickly or does it need to wait until the last few days?
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pepper_brooks
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 18:23 on 25th Oct 2012

Joined: 11:47 on 24th Apr 2008
Posts: 443
keithc43 Wrote:
Looks like I have left it quite late to book train journeys, a lot have sold out but I can be put on the waiting list. Anyone got any experience of being on the waiting list, do you move up quite quickly or does it need to wait until the last few days?


Keep hold of your waitlisted tickets and if, when you arrive in India, you haven't moved up the waiting list then (in best Indian English) avail yourself of the tourist quota. This should be available for most of the trains you want.
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MK_Mark_66
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 21:33 on 25th Oct 2012

Joined: 19:55 on 13th Jun 2008
Posts: 118
Hi,

Which train journeys have sold out? Last time i checked there was good availability and haven't booked anything yet.

Regards


Mark
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Important: Indian Railways Booking Changes
PostPosted: 11:10 on 26th Oct 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2320
pepper_brooks Wrote:
keithc43 Wrote:
Looks like I have left it quite late to book train journeys, a lot have sold out but I can be put on the waiting list. Anyone got any experience of being on the waiting list, do you move up quite quickly or does it need to wait until the last few days?


Keep hold of your waitlisted tickets and if, when you arrive in India, you haven't moved up the waiting list then (in best Indian English) avail yourself of the tourist quota. This should be available for most of the trains you want.


Very sound advice.

Just because a train is wait listed doesn't mean all seats/berths are taken. Getting on from a waiting list doesn't always need a high number of cancellations to happen. A quota system operates on Indian Railways, and some of those quotas are almost never filled. At the time of chart preparation, RAC passengers not already stepped up as a result of cancellations are allocated to full berths from these unfilled quotas, and wait listed passengers get the remainder. The lower your number on the list the higher your priority.

Indian Railways probably won't even sell you a wait listed ticket if there is no chance of you getting on.

Even so, I like to have confirmed reservations, and when I landed in India for the last World Cup, I went straight to the Tourist Booking Office at New Delhi Station and bought tourist quota tickets for the couple of trains on which I had wait listed or RAC tickets. Once I had them I went to an internet cafe and cancelled my existing ones. The refunds were processed very quickly and there was only a very small admin fee.
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