How to Travel with Your Pet on Indian Trains: All You Need to Know

Dogs are great travel companions but unfortunately, most of us have to leave them behind when planning holidays or going on trips. 

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Do you often feel like taking your beloved pet on a vacation with you? Here is some good news! Pet lovers can travel by train with their furry friends by following some steps and guidelines.

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Indian Railways has made it extremely easy for passengers to travel with their pets by following these simple steps – 

1) To travel with pets, you will have to book an entire coupe—two or four berths—in AC First Class or First Class compartments only. 

2) Get a copy of your confirmed tickets and write an application to the Chief Reservation Officer of the station from which you will be boarding the train.

3) Get the fitness certificate of your pet from the vet 24 to 48 hours prior to the start of the journey. Make sure you carry their vaccination cards, too.

4) You will get the confirmation about four hours before the departure time.

5) On confirmation of the same, reach the station at least two hours before departure. Go to the Parcel Office and show them your tickets, along with your pet’s vaccination cards and fitness certificate. 

6) Your pet will be weighed and you will be asked to pay normal parcel charges. 

7) Make sure you pack blankets, food, water and cleaning materials with you on the train.

Tip: Keep a note of the long halt stations and take the baby out for a walk. 

Our pets usually get stressed while travelling so they might not eat or drink much. Keep dry food, chew sticks, bones and their favourite toys to keep them engaged and entertained. 

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