Getting Around

There probably *are* train tickets left!

Emily  Gorbaty
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After spending three hours in Mumbai's train station desperately trying to buy a next-day ticket to Aurangabad (there was confusion over my lack of a tourist visa, since I had a student one), I discovered the miracle that is TATKAL. TATKAL tickets are not released until a few days before departure and are typically more expensive (but what's 100 Rs when you have no other option?). They are not offered for every journey, but it's definitely worth asking if the ticket-wallah says there are no more berths. Another tip, for women only: there is often a women's quota, but the ticket-wallah won't tell you about it. If there are no more tickets and TATKAL isn't offered for that particular journey, ask if there are any women's quota tickets left.

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