leartrip is probably solely responsible for me choosing not to slit my wrists while trying to buy train tickets in India. After a frustrating and practically impossible experience attempting to purchase a train ticket to Agra in New Delhi, a hotel concierge told me about Cleartrip, which lets tourists book train tickets as easily as flight tickets on the Internet. Just the fact that Cleartrip allows an easy look up of the train schedule for any pair of cities in India is a huge win for any independent traveler. Without Cleartrip, I’m not sure I would have made it through another Indian train ticketing experience without a detour to an insane asylum.
In short, don’t take a train in India without booking through Cleartrip. As an added bonus, Cleartrip often offers better prices on flights within India and Asia than many of the other major flight search engines. WB
Cleartrip is a web site and an app available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. www.cleartrip.com.
To read more about a trip on which I used Cleartrip, read: The train to the Taj Mahal — Chaos surrounds train ticket purchases in Delhi, India.