A guide to Indian train travel.

Travelling around India by train has been one of the highlights of our trip, i’ve even given it a whole blog post before. In a bid to keep busy and make a little cash I have written this Guide to getting the train around India for Gapyear.com.

Indian train sunrise

The article talks about the different classes of train travel available and some of the fun bits of our trip. Gapyear.com are a travel agency, so they have edited the article to sell their India Rail pass. I didn’t look into the rail pass much before we went and i’m not sure if they are the best option for everyone.

It took me quite a while to get this simple guide together so I thought I would post it on my blog. The guide will allow you to book tickets online using an agency (Cleartrip) who charge a small commission. You can currently book up to 120 days in advance.

  1. . Go to :http://www.cleartrip.com/trains
  2. . Type in the details for the journey you want (or fake it if you just want to get registered).
  3. . Click check availability, this will take you to the first step of registering with Cleartrip.
  4. . Once you’ve registered with Cleartrip the second step will get you started with setting up and linking an IRCTC account. You’ll need to fake an Indian number by typing in a 10 digit number (unless you have one). Then you’ll need to email care@irctc.co.in with a scanned copy of your passport, your IRCTC user name and the mobile number you entered asking for the SMS one time password (OTP). You may have to chase this, send them another email if you wait more than a couple of days.
  5. . When you receive your OTPs, enter them into Cleartrip and you will have completed your sign up.

Once you have this all set up you can sign into Cleartrip and search for the tickets you want. If they are available there will be a green sign on your chosen train and you can book your tickets. If not then you’ll be faced with either a waiting list or reserved against cancellation. They kept that bit in the article so I won’t bore you here. Other more detailed guides are available on India Mike and Seat 61.

Indian trains are a great experience and a brilliant way to travel around the country.

Indian train card game


2 thoughts on “A guide to Indian train travel.

  • November 17, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing! I’m planning to go to India next year. What do you think if I as a solo female traveller go alone? I have got so many comments about that but I believe that it’s fine…

    • November 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks for visiting :-). I loved India and we really did have a great time there but I think it does help to be realistic. My partner was groped whilst we walked down a very touristy area in Varanasi in the early evening. I wouldn’t ever say don’t do something like travel alone but would recommend you try and meet some people when you’re there, we found some hostels to be really sociable.

      I would expect a lot of stares and probably wouldn’t venture out too late at night, especially alone.

      I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time, it is a country that completely absorbs you. I cannot wait to go back!


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