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Station Tip
Nov 10 2013 (14:20)   ADH/Andheri (9 PFs)

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 901927            Tags   Past Edits
This is nearest station for going to International airport. Alight from the east side. Autos, taxis, Buses are plenty. Expect traffic jams.

Nov 10 2013 (17:05)
Anshul Vipat~   7950 blog posts   1878 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 901927-1            Tags   Past Edits
Santacruz stn is even better.

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Dec 31 2016 (19:16)
दिव्यांशु गुप्ता^~   33348 blog posts   26017 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 901927-3            Tags   Past Edits
Andheri is best, all type of transportation available from here...
General Travel
Aug 29 2016 (08:16)   58501/Visakhapatnam - Kirandul Passenger

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1975254            Tags   Past Edits
Just now I booked a ticket of my group in Kirandul Pass from VSKP to ARK for 27 Dec, 120 days ARP. During start there were total 31 SL avbl. In 30 seconds, its down to RAC10 & by the time I complete booking, i.e, approx. 1 min 40 sec (2 min 5 sec according to IRCTC) I get WL 33-38. I doubt whether it'll get confirmed.

Aug 29 2016 (10:16)
Realrider   667 blog posts
Re# 1975254-1            Tags   Past Edits
Its difficult to get conform as its a peak season and also its having just one Sleeper coach.
Train Tip
Apr 25 2016 (02:25)   18463/Prashanti Express (PT)

SER Antyodaya Era^~   6591 blog posts   7884 correct pred (74% accurate)
Entry# 1818853            Tags   Past Edits
This train is a very huge demanded train from Odisha.
I am giving tip for Sleeper classes.
After boarding from BBS , go to Upper berth (in case having Lower berth seat , exchange with someone just for some time) and go to sleep. Telling you do this or else your whole "happy morning" will turn into a "Bad morning".
From BBS to VZM
, specially between KUR to CHE , this train runs as a Intercity train. SL classes are packed with daily travellers and waiting holders. Beggars will give you a headache and transgenders will suck up your money. (They are very shameless)
But once train reached VSKP , It all becomes COMPLETELY empty. Seriously i was shocked to see the complete empty and cleaned SL coach after i woke up. All thanks to Ratnachal express which takes away all the intercity day travellers.
After this the whole journey from VSKP to SBC is a awesome one with full of heavy crossings and views of Mighty Godavari and Krishna rivers.
After VSKP , the next cleaning is done at BZA station and after that from BZA to SBC , it runs as it is , but still the coach condition of these ECoR is quite good.
I would suggest the VSKP folks who wish to travel to Bangalore, Take this train.
Because it is the only Non-VSKP starting train to bangalore who have General quota for VSKP to SBC also. So BBS & VSKP both share same quotas.
Best chances of getting confirm seats if you book well 1 week ahead of time in SL. AC coaches are very badly demanded for this train.
For VSKP to SBC , you can easily opt SL class (unless its not some Festive season like Pongal or Diwali). Best thing is Food.
The pantry is quite good and warm-good quality food is provided.

Aug 21 2016 (19:01)
gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
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What about from VSKP to BBS? Does it get annoying? I have to book from VSKP to BBS, SL class. I'm thinking between VSKP - SHM exp and Prashanti exp. I ve ruled out HWH mail, as I ve read its quite full in SL class. Do Advise. Thank you.

Aug 21 2016 (19:28)
SER Antyodaya Era^~   6591 blog posts   7884 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 1818853-2            Tags   Past Edits
Go for VSKP-SHM Weekly SF.
Prashanti is very popular train here and acts as an evening time intercity for regular passengers.
Whereas VSKP-SHM Weekly is a less popular and weekly train in which tickets are also easily available.
Travel Question
Aug 18 2016 (11:33)   11019/Konark Express (PT)

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1966096            Tags   Past Edits
About Reservation.
I'm planning to book SUR - VSKP ticket in Konark express for 22 Dec. According to 120 day ARP calculator on forum page, I'll hv to book on 24 Aug.
But I'm somewhat confused, since my particular train leaves CST on 21 Dec 3 pm & arrives SUR on 22 Dec MIDNIGHT 00:15 hrs.
So, when will booking open, If I hv
to book from SUR.
Thanking you for your time.

Aug 18 2016 (11:39)
Boxer Bhai   38762 blog posts   12687 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 1966096-1            Tags   Past Edits
General Travel
Jun 19 2016 (14:58)   12297/Ahmedabad - Pune AC Duronto Express

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1900515            Tags   Past Edits
I wish to share some points about my train Journey on 12297 AHMEDABAD PUNE AC Duronto on Sunday 5 Jun. I travelled from PUNE to JUNAGADH in Pune-Veraval Exp on 2 Jun & returned in durornto. My views given below are first hand which I experienced.
1. The train journey was very very JERKY throughout. Right from the very start, every acceleration & deceleration was accompanied with a jerk. This I believe is present in LHB coaches only. 3 days previous to that, I had travelled in 3A - PUNE VERAVAL exp, the journey was very smooth, no jerks & it was an ICF coach. Never had a good sleep in the jerky duronto.
– 10 marks, LHB – 0 marks.
2. The side berth in the duronto 3A was less in width as compared to the side berth in Veraval express. In Veraval, I coud turn sideways properly, but not so in the Duronto. I had chosen side berth while booking, in both trains.
ICF – 10, LHB – 4.
3. In duronto, steps leading to upper berth (both in 3+3 & side 2) are so very narrow & small, that its very straining for a young individual to climb up COMFORTABLY. Forget about above Age-40 people, forget ladies, even gents have a tough time. The steps in Veraval coach were wide.
ICF – 10, LHB – 0
4. In duronto, there is no chain/rod from roof, with which a person can haul himself to the upper berth, whereas veraval had. The side bars fail miserably in hauling a person above. God bless the poor passengers.
ICF – 10, LHB – 0
5. In duronto, there is no charging point in side berths, whereas veraval had (in other ICF coaches, atleast the charging point can be put up, if not already). I guess its because of the huge window in LHB coaches. So you are at the mercy of passengers on other side.
ICF – 10, LHB – 0
6. There were no fans in the duronto, whereas Veraval had. Due to this, in duronto, people (including me) were sweating inside 20-25 mins before departure. Now, a fan would have really come handy here. Also many people had removed blankets in the dead of night, coz the coach was warm. Now, in Veraval also, I faced the same issue. I started the fan & went off to sleep. But in duronto, there was no fan. Do AC coach attendants/staff put on blower only, instead of AC, in the dead of night???
ICF – 10, LHB – 0
Btw, one thing I wish to mention, Veraval exp AC staff had cut AC & put on blower as train left Rajkot towards Veraval, bang in a hot summer afternoon. After 1.5 hrs, it was warm enough to cause us sweating. We started the fan & complained to the staff. The concerned person came, I followed him & saw him switching AC on. He said, “thoda problem thaa, abhi barabar ho gaya”. I smiled, coz this AC shutting off is widespread in Indian Railways Network.
OK…the main point I want to say is that, LHB coach did not provide me good comfort, whereas ICF coach did. I have read in diff blogs, that LHB handle accidents well than ICF coaches. But comfort is very bad. Can ICF coaches be incorporated with LHB like/adequate safety measures???
Travel Question
Jun 19 2016 (13:21)  

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1900401            Tags   Past Edits
I wish to know about, how the odd & even numbering of trains is done/given.
I believe trains going to zonal HQ are even numbered & returning are odd numbered?
Request members to share info on this or a link about it.
General Travel
Apr 06 2016 (22:11)   12952/New Delhi - Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express | NDLS/New Delhi (16 PFs)

Omkar Verma~   612 blog posts   351 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1792901            Tags   Past Edits
Lhb rakes pose a lot of jerks than Icf rakes i witnessed it during my journey on LTT KYQ AC EXPRESS and ON MUMBAI RAJDHANI.

Apr 06 2016 (22:14)
gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 1792901-1            Tags   Past Edits
I agree. I felt the same while going in Pune Howrah Duronto 2 years back.
Station Tip
Feb 23 2016 (11:11)   HYB/Hyderabad Deccan Nampally (6 PFs)

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1747002            Tags   Past Edits
From Hyderabad Nampally Station to Hyderabad RGI Airport.
Its pure haggling with autos & taxis outside the station. Autos were asking for 600 rs & Taxi 800 rs. I was not able to locate the pre-paid booth, maybe due to lots of things going in my mind. Members can put some info about prepaid booth here.
On a good person's advice, we took an autorickshaw from outside Nampally station to Mehdipatnam for 120 Rs. I believe it could have been less. There are private cabs waiting at the START of Elevated Airport
Expressway flyover at Mehdipatnam. They work on sharing basis. They charge 50 rs. per person. We reached very fast. It cost us 320 rs. totally (200+120), 4 persons.
This arrangement is easy. For travellers with quite a luggage, just book a taxi & not this arrangement.
General Travel
Feb 19 2016 (18:46)   HYB/Hyderabad Deccan Nampally (6 PFs)

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1743567            Tags   Past Edits
1) Does Hyderabad Nampally station have bathing facility? If yes, where to go?
2) What are the best choices to Airport from nampally station? We are 4 ppl, arriving in morning at 6. Pre paid Autos, taxis, radio cabs like ola, uber; easy availability & cost??
3) Is bathing facility available at Hyderabad airport?
4) we are all veg, so i guess, kamat hotel
across the road should be a good choice for breakfast.
Info Update
Dec 23 2015 (22:24)  

gnagda   613 blog posts   448 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 1689215            Tags   Past Edits
22:16 Merry Christmas! Railways increases Tatkal charges:
In what can be called a back-door fare hike, the railways has increased Tatkal charges from December 25.
The increase, from Rs 5 in the reserved second sitting to Rs 100 in the highest executive category, is expected to raise railway coffers substantially.
From rediff.com
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