Simplifying Train Travel

Tips to Travel in Train with Your Pet Dog

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

Pet dogs are an inseparable part of our lives. They are the most loyal friends a person can have. We do not leave any effort to care and pamper for our pet dog in our normal life. But a dilemma ushers in when you have to travel in train. Most people would love to carry their pets along with them, but is it a feasible option when you are travelling by trains? There is no clear information in this regard. The more you read about Indian Railways rules and regulations, more you get confused. So, we thought of clearing the air for you.

ALSO READ: Patient Travel Concession, Travelling with a Baby

Can you take dogs with you in a train?

Dog travel

Yes, you can of course carry the dogs with you while travelling in Indian trains. But this travel will be a subject to some rules and regulations set by the Indian railways. Dogs can be kept close, within the compartment, only when you are travelling by First Class AC. In other instances, they will be held as a luggage and travel in the Brake or Luggage Van. Dogs can also be allowed in a train coach, when it is treated as the seeing eye of a blind person. But even when you take the dog along in a train compartment (other than a AC First class coupe), you have to make sure that the dog does not cause any nuisance. You have to also seek the consent of fellow passengers.

  • NOTE: To carry a dog in train, you need to contact the Parcel Office of your boarding station. On the payment of INR 10 and above (depending on the size of the dog) you would be provided a booking slip. This is the ticket for your dog. No matter how the dog travels (whether within a train compartment or within the luggage van) this booking slip is necessary.

Tips for Taking Your Dog in a Train

Dog boxes in brakevan

  • Reserving a First Class AC coupe is the best way to travel with a dog in train. You may have to reserve some extra berths, but it would assure a comfortable travel experience for your beloved pet.
  • General passengers (barring a blind person) travelling in any other class cannot take the dog along in a train’s compartment. But the dog can be carried in the Luggage or Brake Van by paying the due charges (mentioned above). There are specially designed Dog Boxes available in the Brake Vans for such purposes.
  • If you want to carry your dog in the Luggage Van, contact the Parcel Office and book accommodation for your dog two days before the commencement of journey.
  • If you are detected carrying a dog without due booking in an AC First Class or Brake Van you will be charged at Luggage Rates based on the weight of the dog and have to pay a minimum fine of INR 10 per dog. These charges are prepaid in nature.
  • In case the dog is the “Seeing Eye” of a blind person, the tariff charged will be same as dogs carried in the brake van, though they remain within the compartment. However, the dogs must have Collars and Chains fitted for such travel.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner to arrange for food and water along the course of the journey.
  • Even when you carry the dog along with you in a First Class AC compartment (and sharing a coupe) you will need the consent of fellow passengers. If at any point of the journey, the fellow passengers object to the dog remaining in the compartment, your pet will be immediately removed to the Guard’s van and no refund will be provided.
  • Dogs cannot be carried in the compartment when you are travelling in AC Sleeper coaches, AC chair car or second class coaches.
  • If the dog is found breaching any Indian railway rules it will be removed immediately to the brake van and extra charges (complying six times of the Luggage Scale Rate) would be charged from you.

Is travelling in trains really safe for Dogs?

So, you can definitely carry a dog with you if all these Indian Railways regulations are adhered to. But as a pet lover, you want to know about the safety of your beloved pet. Let us be frank, the conditions of Dog Boxes are not great. They are kept in a separate compartment. These small boxes with iron shutters have cramped spaces. Apart from this, the coach where these boxes are kept obviously do not have any air conditioner to regulate the temperature. “I have known many dogs that have not made it to the end of the journey because of excess heat, dehydration and fright. I myself brought my dog in these horrible conditions in Bombay Mail because I wasn’t aware of how bad the condition is,” says Ina D’Souza, RailYatri app user. So, travelling with dogs is not the best option, especially if you cannot accommodate the dog within your compartment.

 

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121 thoughts on “Tips to Travel in Train with Your Pet Dog

  1. Atul

    We had once carried our white Pomeranian dog in the luggage compartment of a train while shifting our house. We found the experience not exactly pleasent because of the following:
    1. Railways doesn’t give any guarantee that your dog will reach alive at the destination.
    2. Our white dog became a black dog when we reahced the destination. It was covered in flith and what not.
    3. The kennel in the luggage van in which the dog was put is iron whole around. The heat during day time is terrible in India. Our dog was severely dehydrated by the time it reached the destination.
    So, if you love your mutt, do not put it in the luggage van of the train. Book a first class AC ticket as advised above.

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    1. Gopakumar

      Alas! is it not a case against Indian Railways for ‘Cruelty Against Animals’?
      In case I wish to transport my puppy from Bangalore to Trivandrum as accompanying luggage in the train (2-AC), there should be an alternative arrangement in the compartment itself (outside AC) to prevent the poor puppy from its death and to avoid wastage of my money and my disappointment.

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      1. rahul kumar

        You can take your puppy in any class in railway.today I get this information from railway .this is new rule where puppy or kitten take in any class.

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        1. kundan kishore

          hi Rahul. Are you sure ? I have to travel on 19th Sept with my Shih-tzu.. really worried. 1st class tickets not available. 🙁

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        2. SUVENDU PAL

          Hi rahul Is it true coz I have to travel to Chennai from Mumbai with 2 AC ticket, 1 st class not available.
          What is the process of taking ? please suggest….

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          1. Sooraj

            No its better to wait till u get the 1st class coupe or cabin. Else the officials would ask you to put your fur ball in the brake van which I cant even think of. For me, I would rather be in the brake van than putting my angels in it. Guys, this is India where anyone can object when you carry your pets in any other compartment. Travel wisely when u travel with your pets. Happy Voyage

        3. Sunil

          How can it is possible ?
          I want to know about it . I have a puppy of 70 days and I want to terval with it from Bangalore to jodhpur in 2AC.
          Plzz hlep me or make me a call on my no 8949775947 ..

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  2. Chitra

    Hi,

    I will be returning from Kolkata to New Delhi with a three-week old puppy. I don’t think such a puppy can be left in luggage because it requires constant care.

    Will be traveling 2 AC.

    How do I travel then?

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    1. Rakesh

      Never leave them in Luggage or Brake compartment as our railways dont care about animals life, the cage is very dirty and very hot due to near to the engine and the dogs get easily suffocated. i lost my pug due to this and now i regret for that decision of not taking him in 1st class.
      Railways dont have any good facilities for animals. Please dont take the risk.

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    2. yogita bhagat

      don’t ever travel with your dog in indian railways and if you do never do it in dog box and brake van. I took my 4 years rottweiler with me, he travelled in the dog box. It was so messy. However, we cleaned it but after Jamshedpur and those Jharkhand areas the guard didn’t allow us to look after him. And because of him, the guard, my dog became sick and finally left all of us.

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    3. Ananr

      Don’t worry… Just keep ur puppy in a plastic carrying basket and travell it with you . Remember try to keep it far from passengers eye. N try to care of Puppy for don’t create noise.. Happy Journy

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    4. dev raaj dixit

      You can bring your dog with you chitra u want book a ticket in 1st class ac then u can bring with you if you have any queries then u can call me or message me in whatsapp 9029400100 dev raaj dixit

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    5. Aaditya Vasu

      If you’re travelling in a 2A coach, by rules and regulations you can’t take but it depends on the fellow passengers how they will react to it, if they’ll give you consent then you will have a plus point.

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    6. Rajesh

      Of course you are right it should be taken sensative care of small one. There is some way to travel in 2nd ac along with you.

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  3. Ankit

    I have the same query as Chitra, but just fact that my puppy is about 6 months old. I just wanted to know how can we check if the train has this facility or not? Is there any online portal for the same?

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  4. Vijayeeta

    Hi,
    How do I make sure when I book 2 tickets that I am booking a 2 people coupe and not a 4 people coach in 1st AC? I am a lady travelling with my dog. Also the prepaid charges for my dog need to be paid at the time of booking your ticket or immediately before travel? Please help me out.

    Thank you.

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    1. Alivia Srivastava

      2 people coupe is only for VIP unfortunately
      And it’s such a shame that it’s not even available for our soldiers travelling with their dog. Wish people could give more respect

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      1. kumar

        Coupe is NOT only for vip , u have to ask station master while requesting coupe , if available it will be given to you , My friend and me travelled with her pet Bitch from Pune to Delhi 2 years back.

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  5. TaeLim

    In korea, all pets can not go by train and bus etc..
    because of, all people aren’t love pet. some people shout “Now get off from the train”

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  6. caramel lover

    Hey.. All,

    I can relate to your queries in every way. Take your dog in coupe for 2 people in 1 st class ac.. ! This actually worked well for me. Yes it is matter of luck as well, whether we get the 2 people coupe but obviously it is better than leaving the pet in the van

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  7. Subhasis

    Dear All

    I would like to take my pet ( German Spitz 7 years old) from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. Will it be a good choice to travel by hired AC Van/ Car rather than travel by train. (It takes 4 to 4.5 hrs from Tata to Howrah by train) . The car journey takes a minimum of 6-7 hours.

    Thanks.

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  8. Jyothi

    @ Vijayeeta

    Once you have confirmed tickets in 1AC, write a letter to the station master (generally one day in advance giving your PNR details etc) requesting them to allot a coupe for 2 people mentioning that you would be travelling with your pet. They generally allot a coupe for 2 or 4 depending on our request. On the date of travel take your pet to the railway station along atleast one hour in advance and contact the parcel office and pay the necessary charges by filling up a form which would be given by them once you tell them about your pet travel. and also carry a copy of your confirmed ticket along with the vaccination record of your pet and a mouth guard ( as some staff at railways might insist on putting a guard until you board the train and are in the privacy of your coupe.)

    Though the whole process looks a bit cumbersome, it’s worth it as our pet child gets to travel with us in a coupe. We have travelled with our pet this way many times till now and once you get a grip of things the first couple of times, it becomes easier later on.

    Good luck!!..hope your doubts are clarified.

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    1. Sumathi

      I found your information really helpful. However I wanted clarificartion on this: can we book our 1AC tickets online ?

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  9. DXiljith

    I had a nice experience recently. My wife was going to Chennai for business purpose and we’re worried about our puggy, who will be very gloomy without her. And she is going for 1 month training and we are sure that its impossible for him to stay alone these days without her. So we thought to get him as well to Chennai. I booked a first class ticket in Trivandrum Chennai Duronto Express and took him to Parcel office to buy his tickets. They charged 450 Rs for him, for a nights travel, though its plenty, we are happy that it served the purpose. Greeted by TTE at coach, and they were so helpful that they alloacted her berth in a two bedded coupe. And I am totally worried that she is travelling single, but by Gods grace, everything went fine and good. Both of them had nice time at train. Thank You Indian Railways. Thanks God.

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      1. RailYatri

        Hi Kimi, It Depends actually if you have a small puppy you should carry your own kennel. it will help you during travel. For big one there is already a dog box or your own reserve seats. Thanks

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  10. Mandakini Srivatsan

    Hi Guys,

    I can’t tell you how comforting it is to see this blog. I am taking Heidi on a Rajdhani Delhi to Bangalore on 2nd July. I have already given the application to the CCR at Baroda house as instructed by someone. Can I take my pooch 2 days in advance to the parcel office and pay for her and give the application at the charting office too. Can someone elaborate the process in detail such as how many days in advance can the parcel be paid. Who all should the application be given to. How do we make sure we get the 2 berth coupe. I am travelling with my Mom and Pooch and this is the first time I am doing so. Any help I can get will be valuable.

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    1. Pranshu Nagpure

      Hi,Just wanted to check if the above is the correct procedure and everything went fine. I am also travelling with my Pet from Delhi.

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  11. Anil

    Sir…..
    I am travellig with my two pets both pugs. I have already booked a tickets for two in first class AC… but now m confused wearher I will get a coupe as I wanted a coupe as I am travelling with my two pugs… kindly guide me in this concern…..

    Thanks

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  12. ranjan

    I have 2 years old lab i have to shifted my dog in train actually she is pregnant some one suggest me how i am shifted my dog at bangalore to berhampur odissa

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  13. Prativa

    I want to carry my german sherpherd from delhi to ranchi in the month of November. Would it be safe to put him in the dog box or should I take him in 1st AC.

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  14. Navendu

    I have a different query. We rescued an orphan kitten & she is now four months old. Can she be carried in AC 1?.
    I understand that Railway rules do not recognise cats as pets. Can anyone help or point to someone who can?

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  15. Arun Krishna

    Guys especially those who are planning to travel with younger pups… Please don’t prefer indian railways!!! I almost my three month old Labrador. By the end of the journey he got so tired, and fully covered with filth. Finally I decided to travel with him in the breakvan.. The cages are not cleaned properly & my guy got attacked by Parvo virus soon after the journey.. Had to spend a lot of time and effort to save him!!! So my suggestion, search for better option.

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  16. Nagaraj

    Thanks for lots of discussion on carrying pets in train. I have booked four 1 ac confirm ed tickets in masses ac experience for chennai to vizag to carry 2 pet dogs and a puppy on 21st aug. The personal in ACM section who prepare chart in central Station advised me to forward request for bertha allocation to EQ sec in GM s office. Can somebody pl advice if they have travelled in this route.

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  17. Umesh Chandra Lal

    Indian Railway is utter failure in taking care of it’s passengers , how is saying, your pet would be cared.

    Very easily one can see the pitiable condition of general bogies wherein passengers i.e. human beings travle.

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  18. Vilas Parab

    Sir,
    I want to take my pet from Mumbai to Delhi in 1AC compartment. I was told that only certain trains are allowed for carrying pets. May I know which trains allows pets ?

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  19. DXiljith

    Hi Vilas,

    Any train b/w Mumbai and Delhi with First AC is permitted for Pets travel. All you have to do is, book your 1st AC ticket and opt for Coupe. Same day, write a letter to Chief Reservation Officer of Station stating, you and your pets are travelling, so please allocate a coupe instead of cabin. Then on the travel date, reach minimum 1 hr before departure, visit Parcel counter, show your pet in a carriage box, take tickets for him/her. Then go to your berth. If Chief Reservation Officer is kind enough to give you berth…hallelujah, take your pets out of crate n u guys enjoy the travel.

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  20. Simon Mathew

    We two are travelling and booked 1st AC TICKET for us & requested for Coupe, to carry my pet Pomeranian breed from Mumbai to Kerala. I have some query to be cleared, anyone can help me.

    1. Is any 1st AC ticket to take for my pet also?
    2. Is cage compulsory while travel or can i take the pet as it is?

    Any of your suggestions and advise will help me the last minute chaos, please help me

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    1. DXiljith

      Hi Simon,

      First thing you have to do is, go to train’s boarding station and meet Chief Reservation Officer and hand him your application letter stating you and your wife along with your pet is travelling, so allocate a cabin while charting the list.
      Majority cases, if no VIPs were travelling in the train that day, they will accept your request and will give you a cabin.

      Second thing you have to do is, reach the boarding station minimum 2 hours before departure and walk with your pet to the parcel office and show them your journey ticket and doggy. They will charge you and give a chalan. Now you can board train with total relief. When TTE comes, show him this chalan and I guarantee you, will have a great time.

      And question about cage is a tricky one, frankly speaking No is the answer. But if your pom is small and manageable in a crate, it is recommended because we are not sure about other fellow passengers. just to please them..thats it

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      1. Simon Mathew

        Thanks a lot Mr. DXiljith for the good advise and effective tips, I will follow the same .

        Once again thank you very much.

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        1. DXiljith

          You’re welcome Simon. Just to update, I’ve miswritten cabin instead of Coupe. If I am not wrong, coupe is 2 berth and cabin is 4 berth. So with pets, request for 2 berth coupe.

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  21. Tarvinder pal singh

    Hi,

    I will be returning from Howrah to champa with a three-week old puppy. I don’t think such a puppy can be left in luggage because it requires constant care. HOW I CAN TRAVEL PLS TELL ME I HVE TRAIN ON 3 RD OCT 2016

    Will be traveling 3 AC.

    How do I travel then?

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  22. Binny Rehsi

    Hi, I need to travel with my pet pigeon end of this month from New Delhi to Hoshiarpur. The only train that runs on this route, Delhi Hoshiarpur Express has no 1AC class, I can only book 2AC or 3AC. Can anyone please guide me how can I make this journey comfortable for me n my pigeon. I definitely won’t put her in luggage or any other compartment. I want her to be with me throughout the journey. Thanks!!

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  23. Subhajit

    I am fine with booking 2 seats in a coupe of Ac first class, but how to book for my dog? I am not seeing any option in irctc portal to book a dog. Has anyone in this forum traveled with a dog accompanying them in AC first class coupe? If yes, kindly let me know the process. I am interested to know below points

    1. How to book ticket for my dog? Online / from originating station / somewhere else?

    2. What all documents necessary for carrying my dog in AC first class coupe?

    3. I see a charge to be paid as per scale, where do i need to take him and how early of date of travel to weigh as per scale?

    4.. During journey where can I take him for toilet / potty ?

    thanks in advance

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    1. DXiljith

      Hi Subhajit,

      Please be informed you can’t book your dog’s ticket online.
      What you have to do is, book first AC cabin tickets for you, cabin or coupe, I am not sure -anything just two berths – book that.

      Next thing you have to do is, go and meet the Chief Reservation Officer your boarding station. Hand him a written letter stating, you are travelling with a dog, so to avoid discomfort for other fellow passengers, grant you a two berth coupe or cabin.
      Majority cases, they will approve your request.

      Next what you have to do is, on the day of journey reach an hour before boarding time. Take your dog to Parcel Counter of boarding station, show them your ticket and pooch, they will give you a challan – that’s the ticket for your dog.

      In rare cases, the guy at parcel counter may ask your dog’s fitness certificate. so to avoid last minute anxieties, get a fitness certificate for your dog from an approved vet stating your DOG IS FIT TO TRAVEL.

      You can take your dog to common toilets, but make sure it is cleaned after usage.

      Still got any confusions, call me at 8807031321.

      Wishing you and your pooch all the good luck.

      Have a safe n happy journey!

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  24. yash

    I need to carry my Labrador, 16 yrs old, by train on route which does not have first class bogie. My travel is unavoidable. Is it utterly impossible to carry him in the brake van? Can we carry him with us in the compartment? Money can make anything happen, so maybe the guard with some bribe can allow him. But has anyone done it before?

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  25. Raja

    I have to travel from Chennai to guwhati with two month old labrador.in my train no 1st class cabin r there how can I take my lab any suggestion

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  26. Anil Kumar Bairapaka

    Alway better to Travel in First class A/c, If you are two guys, you must book Coupe ticket, if you guys are 4 you must book Cabin, While booking the train ticket online, you will not have any option, to buy ticket for your pet, but you have options to select Cupe or Cabin. On the Day of travel go to railway parcel office at least 2 hrs before your train departs, show your train tickets and also Dog, along wit the travel fitness certificate(From the Veterinary Doctor). Then you are ready to go.

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  27. Ajit Dwivedi

    I have 2 Rottweiler puppy( 2months old), I had booked my Single ticket in First Class in Kamakhya LTT AC Express, Should i carry that puppy in First AC or Guard Van,( That guard van was facility on Rajdhani express) What Document required by Railway for puppy , What type of cage is good for carriying

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  28. Ju wang

    Any first ac train available from Bangalore to Guwahati . And can I take dog with me if I book two seat in 1st ac?

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  29. Raj

    Hi DXiljith,

    Me and my wife will be travelling from Delhi to Calcutta with our 7 month old puppy.I understand we have to book 1st AC with coupe preference.

    Questions :-

    A. When do I need to submit the application letter to the CRO, on the day of travel or after booking the ticket.

    B. Any other formality which needs to be done at the Delhi railway station?

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  30. Ruhi

    Hi I am traveling with my dog from dubai to delhi in June end and from Delhi I need to book my 1St ac but since we will be coming stright from air port to station my dog will be stressed and will be with me in crate for long. Is there any agent who does all the procedure in advance and keep as m more stressed 1St if I get ac 1St coupe 2ND my dog will be in crate but stressed by travelling and she is a big dog of 18kg so lifting her crate itself is a big issue, if I think bout traveling by road then it’s unsafe from Delhi to patna as its gonna be hired car n just me n my dog.

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    1. Dev raaj dixit

      Hello dear friends it’s me dev Raaj dixit contact me in +919029400100 12pm to 11 pm for more details
      And if I can’t pik up your calls make a sms or whatsapp in same number I call you back

      Yes, you can, of course, carry the dogs with you when travelling. But this travel will be subject to some rules and regulations set by the Indian railways. Dogs can be kept close, in the compartment, only when you are travelling by First Class AC. In other instances, they will be held as a luggage and travel in the Brake or Luggage Van. Even when you carry the dog in a train compartment, you have to make sure that the dog does not cause any nuisance. While carrying the dog in a train compartment you need the consent of fellow passengers…If you want to take the dog with you in the train compartment then book tickets in First AC class only. You may have to reserve two or four berths in the compartment for your use, by paying the due charges based on the type of train you are travelling by.
      If you are travelling in any other class then you cannot take the dog along with you in the train’s compartment. But the dog can be carried in the Luggage or Brake Van paying the due charges. There are specially designed Dog Boxes available in the Brake Vans for such purposes.
      If you want to carry your dog in the Luggage Van, then contact the Parcel Office and book for your dog two days before the commencement of journey.
      If you are detected carrying a dog without due booking in an AC First Class or Brake Van you will be charged at Luggage Rates based on the weight of the dog and have to pay a minimum fine of Rs. 10 per dog. These charges are prepaid in nature.
      In case the dog is the “Seeing Eye” of a blind person, the tariff charged will be same as dogs carried in the brake van, though they remain within the compartment. However, the dogs must have Collars and Chains fitted for such travel.
      It is the responsibility of the owner to arrange for food and water along the course of the journey.
      Even when you carry the dog along with you in a First Class AC compartment you will need the consent of fellow passengers. If at any point of the journey, the fellow passengers object to the dog remaining in the compartment, the animal will be immediately removed to the Guard’s van and no refund will be provided.
      Dogs cannot be carried in the compartment when you are travelling in AC Sleeper coaches, AC chair car or second class coaches.
      If the dog is found breaching any set of rules it will be removed immediately to the brake van and charges complying six times of the Luggage Scale Rate will be subjected to the passengers.
      Is travelling in trains really safe for Dogs?

      So, you can definitely carry a dog with you if all these Indian Railways regulations are adhered to. But as a pet lover, you want to know about the safety of your beloved pet. Let us be frank, the conditions of Dog Boxes are not great. They are kept in a separate compartment. These small boxes with iron shutters have cramped spaces. Apart from this, the coach where these boxes are kept obviously do not have any air conditioner to regulate the temperature. “I have known many dogs that have not made it to the end of the journey because of excess heat, dehydration and fright. I myself brought my dog in these horrible conditions in Bombay Mail because I wasn’t aware of how bad the condition is.” says Ina D’Souza, RailYatri app user. So, travelling with dogs is not the best option, especially if you cannot accommodate the dog within your compartment.

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  31. Dev raaj dixit

    Hello dear friends it’s me dev Raaj dixit contact me in +919029400100 12pm to 11 pm for more details
    And if I can’t pik up your calls make a sms or whatsapp in same number I call you back

    Yes, you can, of course, carry the dogs with you when travelling. But this travel will be subject to some rules and regulations set by the Indian railways. Dogs can be kept close, in the compartment, only when you are travelling by First Class AC. In other instances, they will be held as a luggage and travel in the Brake or Luggage Van. Even when you carry the dog in a train compartment, you have to make sure that the dog does not cause any nuisance. While carrying the dog in a train compartment you need the consent of fellow passengers…If you want to take the dog with you in the train compartment then book tickets in First AC class only. You may have to reserve two or four berths in the compartment for your use, by paying the due charges based on the type of train you are travelling by.
    If you are travelling in any other class then you cannot take the dog along with you in the train’s compartment. But the dog can be carried in the Luggage or Brake Van paying the due charges. There are specially designed Dog Boxes available in the Brake Vans for such purposes.
    If you want to carry your dog in the Luggage Van, then contact the Parcel Office and book for your dog two days before the commencement of journey.
    If you are detected carrying a dog without due booking in an AC First Class or Brake Van you will be charged at Luggage Rates based on the weight of the dog and have to pay a minimum fine of Rs. 10 per dog. These charges are prepaid in nature.
    In case the dog is the “Seeing Eye” of a blind person, the tariff charged will be same as dogs carried in the brake van, though they remain within the compartment. However, the dogs must have Collars and Chains fitted for such travel.
    It is the responsibility of the owner to arrange for food and water along the course of the journey.
    Even when you carry the dog along with you in a First Class AC compartment you will need the consent of fellow passengers. If at any point of the journey, the fellow passengers object to the dog remaining in the compartment, the animal will be immediately removed to the Guard’s van and no refund will be provided.
    Dogs cannot be carried in the compartment when you are travelling in AC Sleeper coaches, AC chair car or second class coaches.
    If the dog is found breaching any set of rules it will be removed immediately to the brake van and charges complying six times of the Luggage Scale Rate will be subjected to the passengers.
    Is travelling in trains really safe for Dogs?

    So, you can definitely carry a dog with you if all these Indian Railways regulations are adhered to. But as a pet lover, you want to know about the safety of your beloved pet. Let us be frank, the conditions of Dog Boxes are not great. They are kept in a separate compartment. These small boxes with iron shutters have cramped spaces. Apart from this, the coach where these boxes are kept obviously do not have any air conditioner to regulate the temperature. “I have known many dogs that have not made it to the end of the journey because of excess heat, dehydration and fright. I myself brought my dog in these horrible conditions in Bombay Mail because I wasn’t aware of how bad the condition is.” says Ina D’Souza, RailYatri app user. So, travelling with dogs is not the best option, especially if you cannot accommodate the dog within your compartment.

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  32. Stanzin

    Hi,day after tomorrow i will be travelling to delhi from pune,i have booked two ticket in AC 1st and also wrote an application to CRO for coupe bt unfortunately someone has alredy given application for that and from pune there is only one coupe available,so i have requested them to allocate both the berth in same compartment as i have booked it on different occassion..so will they put us together in same compartment…….isit ok to travel…..will there be problem.?if i talk to TTC to find me and my pet a comfortabl place,will he? Plz suggest.

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  33. Aditya

    I am experienced in this. My fully grown Rottweiler was to be moved from Kolkata to Delhi. All you have to do is book A/c first class ticket. Now a/c first class has coupe which has 2 or 4 seats. So you have to get the coupe reserved for yourself by getting 2 or 4 tickets. If you dont do that and just book 1 ticket other passengers in your coupe might object it and before that you need to get a consent or no objection form filled by them which is of no gaurantee. So best is book yourself 2 tickets for a coupe which has 2 seats and travel along with your dog comfortably.

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  35. Shubham Singh

    All the Indian govt. facilities are bloody bullshit. Never trust the govt. facilities for ur beloved ones.

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  36. Jubal Fernandes

    Can my friend’s daughter travel with her pet kitten by train? The train doesn’t have a first class compartment. Thanks.

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Jubal,

      See the Indian railways rule book clearly states that pet animals should be placed in the Brake Vans. However, you can carry them along only when you have reserved a coupe. As mentioned by you, if a train does not have a first class then you might be allowed to carry the pet along with you in the regular compartments. But, there is a big risk in this. If any of your fellow passengers lodges a complain to the TTE, the pet will be taken away and put in the brake van.

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  37. Becca

    Hi,
    I’m planning to take my pet to Siliguri in Oct who will be 20 months old in Oct, 2018 by train. Can we book the ticket in First AC in two seater coupe online or do I have to visit the railway station to make the booking. Your response will be really helpful as I want to make the booking asap. Thanks in advance !

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Becca,

      Thanks for writing to us. You can definitely reserve a First AC coupe through the online booking process. As for travelling with the dog is concerned, I would request you to visit the railway station (from where you are boarding) some time before the journey and know the exact details for travelling with the dog. As far as the rule goes, you have the authority to travel with your dog within the coupe.

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  38. Tenzin

    Any medical document need to taking puppy in train if yes then plz what documents need to take puppy in train
    Thanks lots…

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Tenzin,

      Apart from the usual booking slip from the Parcel office (of your boarding station) you may also be asked for the exact height and weight of the dog, as well as its breed and age. At times the railway authorities might also check vaccination related documents. Nothing else that I can think of.

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  39. Jayanta Mandal

    Having experience to carry the pet(Dog) from Ahmedabad to Howrah? And how it was? What is the process?

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Jayanta,

      As mentioned in the blog, you can carry the dog by getting a slip from the Parcel Office. You can carry the dog in your compartment only when you have reserved a first class coupe. You need to contact the Parcel office (of the boarding station) to know more details.

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  40. सागर र घोरपडे

    नमस्तेजी मै आपने साथ अपना 2 साल का डॉग भुसावळ से पुणे और पुणे से सांगली ट्रेनसे ले जाना चाहता हू गार्ड डिब्बेमे से तो मुझे क्या process करणी पडेगी? और मै अपने डाॅग के साथ गार्ड डिब्बेमे यात्रा कर सकता हूं क्या? प्लीज मुझे reply दिजीये

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    1. RailYatri

      नमस्कार सागर जी, जी हाँ, आप गार्ड के डिब्बे में अपना डॉग लें जा सकते है. इसके लिए आपको स्थानीय रेलवे स्टेशन के पार्सल बुकिंग काउंटर से संपर्क कर अपने डॉग की बुकिंग करवानी होगी. मगर आप अपने डॉग के साथ गार्ड रूम में यात्रा नहीं कर सकते. रेलवे के नियम अनुसार आपको अन्य यात्री डिब्बों में यात्रा करनी होगी. धन्यवाद

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Sunil,

      There are two laws that you need to clarify before taking your Rabbit along. First, you have to make sure that the Rabbit does not belong to a rare species (as there is a law against carrying pets of rare species). Secondly, you have to inquire from the Parcel office (of your boarding station) whether Rabbits just like dogs can be taken in a reserved compartment. You may want to reserve a First Class coupe, if you get a go ahead from the station authorities.

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  41. Rubani Walia

    Hello,
    I’m Travelling to Delhi from Mumbai on the 11th of July. I’ve. Booked two tickets in first class Rajdhani.Where can I pay for my pet dogs ticket can you please send me a link or advise on the same.
    Thanks

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Rubani,

      You have to visit the Parcel office of your boarding station and get a booking slip for your pet. This can be done at least 48 hours before a train’s departure time. While visiting the office do carry all the medical as well as other documents pertinent for the dog.

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  42. Pranav

    Is there any travel agent who has expertise in booking first class train tickets. Are all approvals needed before the journey.

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Pranav,

      At RailYatri we work with experienced travel agents to book your ticket. So, whatever class or train it might be you have a better chance of getting confirmed berths with us. Use our assisted train ticket booking (by agents) by clicking on: https://www.railyatri.in/train-ticket.

      As for your second question. Yes, all the approvals and bookings have to be done for your pet dog at least 48 hours before the journey to have a comfortable journey experience.

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  43. Sanjana

    Hello , I wanted to know that when i am travelling with my dog in coupe then i have to take any kind of dog box of any kind of carriage in which i ll keep my dog is that necessary. And if i book 1 coupe so both the seats r mine right of that compartment so two people can easily accompanied with the dog

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  44. Manu

    Hello, I am planning to travel with my dog (St Bernard) from Kolkata to delhi and wish to enquir a few things

    1) Are there are fans/ventilation in the Luggage/Brake Van for the dogs?
    2)Also your previous comments state that water and food have to be given by the owner. Does that mean that I can visit my dog to provide this or railroad crew does it?
    3) How can I book the 2 passenger compartment in first class in Rajdhani for me and my dog?
    4) if I book only 2 tickets in the first class compartment for me and my dog keep him on a muzzle then can we be evicted from the train?

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  45. Sooraj

    @Manu: bro , to be honest dnt even think of taking a dog in a breakvan, the condition is horrible as its been mentioned n the blog. Mostly, you got a St.Bernard, which first of all not supposed to live either n kol nor in delhi,still if you are planning, do book either a coupe or cabin, speak to your booking office or any agents like railyatri…
    Bon voyage

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  46. Li Linder

    I have booked only 1 ticket in 1st AC Rajdhani for me and my 2months old pup. Will I be allowed to take her along with me ? Please reply Asap…Thank you.

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    1. RailYatri

      Hello Linder,

      If you have reserved an entire coupe then there is no problem. You just need to take a booking slip for the dog (from the Parcel Office) prior to journey.

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  47. Satyam Mishra

    Muje Bhopal se Datia (near jhansi) leke jana hai apne dog ko tho kya ap train bta sakte hai jisme dog le ja saku mai

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  48. Anuradha Gupta

    I have 4 pups that need to travel with me from Delhi to Blore. Any idea if all 4 of them would be allowed with me at the same time ?? Thx

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  49. Piyali dey

    I hv a pomerian puppy .he is jst now 45 days .n I want to travel Patna 2 howrah. How can he travel with me .plz ans asap.

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  50. Trivene Changmai

    Hy manu even I have St. Bernard -and planning to travel I wanna know that did you traveled by train ,please share me your num

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