You can book tickets for your train journey within 24 hours before your journey if you are a tourist. All you need is the foreign passport and foreign currency. Yu can go directly to the Government of India, tourist department (ITDC) which is opposite Churchgate station in Mumbai. The booking office is on the first floor. The window opens at 8.30 am. You have just to fill in the form with all the details and you get tickets immediately to any part of the country. They always have some quota of tickets for tourist.
The Department of Tourism functions under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the nodal agency for the development and promotion of Tourism in India. The administrative head of the Department of Tourism is the Secretary (Tourism). The Department is assisted by an attached office headed by the Director General and ex-officio Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
In Mumbai, the address is:
The Regional Director (West) India Tourism (Mumbai), Tourist Office
123 M. Karve Road, Opp. Churchgate,
Mumbai - 400 020
Tel: 022- 22074333 / 4,
22033144 / 5
Fax: 022- 22014496
Tourist information is also available at
Government of India Tourist Office Counter, Domestic Airport, Tel: 6149200, 6116466 Extn. 278, 279 (Timing 0700 hrs till the last flight)
Government of India Tourist Office Counter, International Airport, Tel: 6325331, 6366700 Extn. 3253/3608 (round the clock)
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, CDO Hutments, Madam Cama Road, Nariman Point, Tel: 2026713, 2027762.
India Tourism Development Corporation, Nirmal Building, 11th Floor, Nariman Point, Tel: 2023343, 2026079
You can also book your train ticket online. The booking system of Indian Railways online is perfectly safe and reliable. You need to go to www.irctc.co.in to book. It is the official website of Indian Railways. More information on train time tables and maps can be obtained from http://www.indianrailways.gov.in. You might find it a bit confusing and difficult to book at first, but once you are familiar with the options, you'll be able to book the tickets with ease. I'd suggest you to travel in A/c (third / second)... because the First Class A/C fares are more expensive than air tickets.
You can book your air tickets online by visiting www.makemytrip.com, they have some gr8 offer there.
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