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India is a large country with many destinations that are popular for holidays. Most of the foreign tourists come to India for tourism in various parts of the country. The inbound travelers prefer to travel by air rather then falling into the hassles of overnight journey. Another big problem is the difficulty in availability of a reserved berth.
But there are many destinations where a train journey becomes a must to reach. Since these destinations are part of itinerary one gets to experience train travel in India. In package tours the arrangements have already been made by the tour operator and their tour guide looks over everything.
It becomes bit difficult for the uninitiated to travel long distance by train. Hence one must plan for the journey in advance if you are traveling on your own. The first step is to inquire as to which train will take you to your destination. After you note down the name and number you must reserve your seat/berth. This can be done through the booking center or a travel agent. Another option is through the IRCTC website on the internet. This is an easy procedure and you can do it yourself by making the payment online through your card.
The train travel needs lots of precaution. Hence you should secure your reservation properly. If your ticket is in wait listed position you should make sure that it has been confirmed at the time of the travel. This is important since you are not allowed to travel without confirmation. If you look at the ticket you will discover a ten digit number called PNR number. Use this to keep on checking the PNR status online at IRCTC website. As soon as your status crosses over the wait list position it will change to RAC status. This means reservation against cancellation. This position allows you to embark and share your berth with another passenger. You usually get a confirmed status whence another ticket is cancelled. This mean you have your own berth now.
During the rail journey the ticket is inspected by the TT or the ticket checker once or twice during the journey. If you have booked your ticket online than you have to produce photo identity to verify your credentials. The valid ID could be a driving lisence or a UTI pan card issued by IT department of India. In case of foreigner a valid original passport has to be produced.
One has to be very alert of thiefs and pick pockets who will steal you money, cedit cards and passport. Even during the rail journey your baggage may be stolen hence secure it with a lock and chain.