As mentioned in our previous post Planning to Move Your Pet by Airways, today we will talk about moving pets by trains.
Moving a dog by train is quite simple and comfortable. Following are the documents that you will require before moving your dog:
- Dog’s vaccination records
- Fit to travel certificate from a vet
- Your dog’s license
Dogs can travel with you in First AC. The caveat here is that you need to have two berths in your name. So, if you are travelling alone – book two tickets in your name itself. If you have family or a partner along then that’s a ticket for each of you, which will suffice.
On reaching the station, head straight to the baggage counter. There they will book your dog as “extra baggage” for a fee. The fee is calculated based on the weight of your dog and the distance of travel. This fee usually varies between 600 to 1000 Rs.
You will not be able to pay this luggage fare until the train chart is prepared which is about two hours before the train leaves the station.
In First AC there are two types of compartments or coupes – one with only two berths and the other with four.
If you are lucky enough to get a two berth coupe – then enjoy a trouble free journey with your dog! Get down at stations, let him take a stroll and enjoy his favorite pass time – sniffing everything on the platform!
ProTip: It is possible to request a 2 seater coupe from the Commercial Manager – Passenger Reservations.
Just try to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose, causing trouble for fellow passengers. They are within their legal right to ask for your dog to be removed. Other than that, you are good to go!
If you have seats in a four berth coupe – your fellow passengers should not object to the dog, otherwise he will have to be moved to a box in the luggage or brake van.
If this happens, leave your dog in the brake van with food and water. You could go and check on him at intervals. Please be aware that the box provided in the brake van wouldn’t be clean or very comfortable, so it would be wise to check it out before the journey begins. If unclean, request the railway staff to clean it. They are also amenable to taking care of your pet during the journey if you pay them a little.
Please remember that all this valid for all trains except Rajdhani trains. No pets are allowed on Rajdhani trains.
Please do not attempt to move your pet in other compartments of the train, for you will be:
- Fined for all unbooked pets.
- The TT can ask you to de-board if the unbooked pets create trouble for other travellers.
Indian railways is dog friendly, however the same cannot be said for our feline friends. Cats are not considered pets – but wild animals! Horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and even camels are welcome aboard our railways – but not cats.
You will need a certificate from the Department of Wildlife, Government of Delhi, that your cat isn’t a wild animal. Besides this you need the standard vaccination records as well a fit to travel from a vet.
In case you have any questions, feel free to drop that in comments! Are you planning a move with a pet? Do read our next blog for Tips and Tricks for travelling with Pets!