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Mar 15 (21:12)  
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
Entry# 4593194            Tags   Past Edits
Besides the Rajdhani, Duronto & Humsafar category of trains, which other types of trains have Dynamic Pricing Structure for tickets please?
General Travel
Mar 12 (21:47)  
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Train tickets cancelled due to the Coronavirus scare by many across India -
Since I am from Bangalore and that we Bangaloreans, have seen some very disturbing news about the Coronavirus in the last few days I am posting this.
I deal with kids on a daily basis, as I run classes in a certain skill and that now the Karnataka Government has declared holidays for schools kids from pre-schooling to Grade / Std 5th, most parents are in a big fix.

And there are strong and confirmed messages in the social media about self isolation to ensure one or one's family is not exposed to this dreaded nCov
And the most disturbing fact is that parents are finding it hard to the sudden changes - of the early holidays declared - this may soon happen across India.

So, its going to be a very Tough job parenting due to early holidays for school kids across India nCoV2019 No summercamp? No events? No Birthday parties or gatherings - all because of the fear of getting contracted with the Coronavirus.
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Mar 12 (21:49)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Really Sad
General Travel
Mar 09 (15:12)  
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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With the inauguration of Tr. No. 16595 from 8th March 2020, I read widely across media that its good news to travelers from Bangalore to Goa. Though the train board has YPR - KAWR - VSG mentioned on it. I guess there is no direct ticket / adv resv available online on irctc website from YPR to MAO. Though I found out from NTES website that the YPR - KAWR reached around 90 mins late to KAWR today and the onward train from KAWR to VSG departed KAWR only after the YPR - KAWR reached KAWR. Therefore, I have a few questions - if anyone can help -
a) If the rakes are same, can we buy journey extension tkts on
board from KAWR to MAO / VSG
b) Does the same train go further up to VSG or does one have to change train
c) Why is ticket not issued directly from YPR to MAO / VSG
d) Is e-catering available on board?
e) Since its a daily train a Pantry car could have been a boon to passengers both ways.

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Mar 09 (15:16)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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You mean we can buy the general tkt right inside the train from the TTE (as the stoppage is just for 5 mins at KAWR)

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Mar 09 (15:19)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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What you said is a little confusing for me. Okay let us consider that I want to travel from YPR to KAWR by 2A class and so I book a ticket online. But I want to continue my journey till MAO. What do I do in this case please?

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Mar 12 (19:52)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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This is practically impossible. Consider that I am not a good runner and I surely can't make it to the general tkt counter and buy my onward journey tkt from KAWR to MAO/VSG and return to my train before it starts moving out of the platform - all this in just 5 mins of stoppage time? Highly Impossible!

Mar 12 (19:55)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Fully agreed to all that you have mentioned. Then why the BIG mess of reporting in newspapers that a direct train from Bangalore to Goa is inaugurated - just to please the politicians - when practically one cannot buy point to point tkts from YPR to MAO or VSG in this train.

Mar 12 (19:57)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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That is exactly my point and why I was confused after finding that irctc does not allow direct YPR to MAO/VSG tkt bookings in this train - that I decided to create this thread and ask for opinions from members here.

Mar 12 (20:00)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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On what basis or source did you mention this please?

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Mar 12 (21:35)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Thanks for this. I hope that it will be going in that direction as you have mentioned - and after all it will be for the benefit of the general public, who actually use these trains.
Station Tip
Oct 25 2019 (16:13)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (4 PFs)
Vivek Anandan~   1221 blog posts
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Madgaon is one of the most important stations on the Konkan Railway route. I visited this station a couple of times in October 2019 and listing some tips below:
1. Connectivity: Madgaon precisely lies in South Goa and is very well connected to other regions in Goa. Below are some of the means of transport from Madgaon station to other destinations:
a. Bus: Madgaon railway station has a small bus stand located about 200 mts from the railway station platform no 1. The main bus stand is about 3 kms away from
the station and buses to almost every destination would be available from the main stand. You may take a bus from the railway station bus stop and alight at the main bus stand or take an auto rickshaw to the main bus stand. Do make sure that you bargain atleast 20% of the quoted fare if traveling by an auto.
b. App based taxis: Goa miles is the app based air-conditioned cab service provided by Goa tourism. Goa miles is one of the best developments in Goa and it was really the need of the hour. They have started accepting online payments and also allow advanced booking for a future travel. We booked a cab through Goa miles from Madgaon station to Agonda and the fare was 1000 INR for a sedan. Private cab operators charge about 1800 for the same distance. In return, we took a cab from Benaulim to Madgaon station and the fare was 180 INR. Avoid prepaid taxis at the railway station too as the fares set by the govt are insanely high.
c. Bike pilots: Multiple bike pilots were available at Madgaon station during our visit. If you are an individual traveling alone, then it is the best option to hire a bike pilot. They are available near the station circle itself.
d. Bike/Car rentals: There would be operators at the railway station who offer bike/cars on rent. These should be self driven and the rates vary according to season. A scooty in good condition should cost around 300-400. You get a good bargain if you hire for a longer period. Do take a video of the scooty before accepting it as an evidence so that you won't be liable for the damages not done by you. Pro Tip: The operators near the beaches offer a better bargain than the ones at the Railway Station.
e. Local Train connectivity: Madgaon station has fair bit of connectivity through local trains. You may take the local and passenger trains to get to your destinations at low costs.
Pernem-Karwar-Pernem DEMU, Madgaon-Mangaluru - Madgaon passenger, Vasco - Kulem - Vasco passenger services are some examples.
2. Amenities at the station: Madgaon railway station has 4 platforms with an escalator on Platform 1. There is a single overbridge connecting all the platforms. If your train has arrival/departure from Platform 1, you don't have to climb the bridge. On platform no 2, you have a ramp on one side of the bridge to easily pull wheel based trolleys.
a. Benches: There are ample benches to rest at Madgaon.
b. Waiting rooms: General waiting room and a ladies only waiting room is available at Platform no 1.
c. Special AC Lounge: A separate paid AC lounge is available on Platform 1.
d. Retiring Rooms: There are plush recently renovated retiring rooms available at the first floor on Platform 1. These renovated retiring rooms equipped with wooden flooring are better than some of the 3 star hotels. I stayed at at an air-conditioned room with a double for 9 hrs and the fare was around 1100 INR incl of GST for two passengers.
e. Water: Purified RO water vending machine is available on Platform no 1 towards Udupi end after Benjoes restaurant. If you have your own bottle, you may refil it at a cost as low as 5 INR for a litre. Use this service instead of buying mineral water bottles.
f. Food: Benjoes Restaurant: The Benjoes rail restaurant serves satisfactory food if not great. We had jeera rice, idli, paratha and all tasted just fine. Had higher expectations after hearing so much about it.
Dominos: Dominos pizza outlet is available at Platform 1 towards Udupi end.
Amul outlet: Amul outlet is present on Platform 1 near Dominos.
Margao Central: This is a rail themed air-conditioned restaurant, not at Madgaon railway station but located about 1.5 kms away at Rawanfond circle. They have renovated an abandoned coach into a restaurant and the ambience is great. We liked the experience at Margao Central. The best way to reach Margao central is by walk.
Other alternatives: Food delivery aggregators like Zomato and Swiggy deliver at Madgaon station and you may give it a try.
3. Cleanliness: Being a major station on the section, it is very clean.
4. Railfanning: It is a great station for railfanning. Almost every passenger train has a halt at Madgaon station and the halt is usually a longer one. The Ro-Ro's(Roll On Roll Off) plying on konkan railway are added attractions.
5. Nearby attractions:
Benaulim Beach: Benaulim is the nearest beach to Madgaon. Very clean beach completely filled with shacks in the season. You may spot Starfish or Blue button fishes here.
Colva: Colva is another famous beach closer to Madgaon.
Dudhsagar Falls: If you are planning to visit the dudhsagar falls, come to Madgaon station and take one of the below means:
A. Take the Vasco Da Gama - Belagavi Passenger Special and reach DDS directly. Please note this is a special train and may not be a permanent one.
B. Board the Vasco Kulem passenger and deboard at Kulem. From Kulem, jeaps would be available for Dudhsagar falls which would drop you at a distance of about 1Km from the falls and you have to trek from here. Kindly note that the jeeps would not be operational in the monsson. Dudhsagar falls is not at all recommended for people who can't walk or trek. If you don't want to trek, you may view the falls from the train itself. For this, you need to take a train from Madgaon going towards Londa Jn.
Have a safe trip.
Pic 1: Special Lounge Rate Card October 2019
Pic 2: Plush Railway Retiring Room
Pic 3: Margao Central Restaurant
Pic 4: Benjoes Rail Restaurant
Pic 5: Menu at Benjoes
Pic 6: Dominos Outlet at Platform #1
Pic 7: Amul outlet at Platform #1

Nov 03 2019 (21:56)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Exhaustively written,Vivek. Well done.

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One of the best place for #RailFanning due to
the foothills of #KumaonHimalayas... Surrounding from three sides
Beautiful curving railway line
Terminal as Tracks Ends here
weather, it was sunny day but all of sudden clouds fill the sky and its rim jhim baarish
In next few minutes it was dense and raining heavily
One of the best Location in NER for RF session
Attached few pics
Tushar and Abdus suggested me for this a big
thanks to both too

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Jul 20 2019 (13:24)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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Nice pictures of KGM station from the station. The moment I saw these pics, I recollected a pic (attached) that I had clicked on my way back from Nainital to KGM station on 11/11/2009 at 15:41 hrs - yes it's almost 10 years back. And how wonderfully curved terminal it is / was. I remember even to this day, the winding river next to the KGM terminal. Great views and good station for Rail fanning!

Jul 20 2019 (13:28)
sbcablore~   491 blog posts
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And I loved this KGM station so much so that I had created an Imaginary train from KJM to KGM - however that img train got very less green signals. /train/48532/994/951

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