Here's How You Can Now Travel With Your Pets Via Indian Railways

Here's How You Can Now Travel With Your Pets Via Indian Railways

For pet owners, the joy of travel is often tinged with the worry of leaving their furry companions behind. But there is no need to fret, as not many are aware of the pet-friendly policy introduced by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which allows you to bring your beloved dog or cat along on your train journeys! This policy eliminates the stress of finding pet sitters or boarding facilities and allows you to embark on your next trip with your pet by your side, creating a more enjoyable and stress-free experience for everyone involved.

However, it's important to be aware of the rules and regulations to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience for both you and your pet:

  • Eligible pets: Currently, only dogs and cats are allowed to travel on trains.

  • Travel options: There are two options for transporting your pet:

    • AC First Class or First Class Coupe: You can book the entire compartment exclusively for yourself and your pet, paying the applicable charges for these classes.

    • Luggage-cum-Brake Van: You can book your pet in a carrier or a dog box, subject to availability, under the supervision of the Train Manager (Guard).

  • Booking for your pet:

    • For AC First Class or First Class Coupe: Make your booking through IRCTC and inform the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) or General Manager (GM) office about your request for a dedicated compartment.

    • For Luggage-cum-Brake Van: Inquire about the availability of carries or dog boxes from the concerned Parcel office and book your pet at the luggage office at least 3 hours before the train's departure.

  • Additional requirements:

    • Ensure your pet has all necessary vaccinations and carry the relevant certificates.

    • Obtain a fitness certificate from a licensed veterinarian within 24-48 hours before travel.

    • Be prepared to provide food, water, and a comfortable carrier or leash for your pet during the journey.

It is important to remember that other passengers might have allergies or concerns regarding pets. Be respectful and ensure your pet's behaviour does not disturb fellow travellers. If any complaints arise, your pet might be moved to the Guard's Van without a refund.

By following these guidelines and regulations, you can now enjoy the company of your pet while travelling on Indian trains. So, pack your bags, grab your pet's essentials, and embark on your next adventure together, creating lasting memories without the separation blues!

For detailed guidelines, click here.

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