A Paw-some Journey! Travelling with Pets on Indian Railways

A Paw-some Journey! Travelling with Pets on Indian Railways

Are you planning a trip across the vibrant landscapes of India and can’t bear the thought of leaving your furry friend behind? Well, fret not! Indian Railways has made it possible for you to embark on your adventures with your beloved pets by your side. Whether it’s the majestic Himalayas, the serene backwaters of Kerala, or the bustling streets of Mumbai, your pet can now be your companion throughout your journey.

 

Travelling with pets on Indian Railways has become increasingly popular, thanks to the efforts made by the railway authorities to accommodate the needs of pet parents. However, before you embark on this paw-some journey, there are a few things you need to know to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience for both you and your pet.

 

Understanding the rules and regulations

Indian Railways has specific guidelines in place to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers travelling with pets. Here are some essential rules you need to keep in mind:

 

Booking requirements

When travelling with a pet, you must book tickets in advance and obtain a ‘Dog Ticket’ or ‘Luggage Ticket’ for your pet, depending on their size and weight. These tickets can be purchased from the station’s parcel office.

 

Pet carrier

Your pet must be kept in a suitable carrier or cage throughout the journey. The carrier should be well-ventilated, spacious enough for your pet to stand and turn around comfortably, and leak-proof. Know more about pet carriers and their benefits.

 

Health certificate 

It’s advisable to carry a health certificate from a registered veterinarian, stating that your pet is fit to travel. This is particularly important for long journeys.

 

Pet-friendly coaches 

Indian Railways designates specific coaches as ‘pet-friendly.’ The Indian Railways only allow pets to travel in First-Class A/C coaches. Make sure to book your tickets in these designated coaches.

 

Cleanliness

As a responsible pet parent, ensure that you clean up after them and maintain hygiene throughout the journey. Carry disposable bags and cleaning supplies to manage any accidents.

 

Tips for a smooth journey

 

Pack essentials 

Remember to pack essential items for your pet, including food, water, medications (if required), toys and bedding. It’s essential to keep your pet comfortable and entertained throughout the journey.

 

Stay calm

Train journeys can be overwhelming for pets, especially if it’s their first time. Stay calm and reassuring to help ease any anxiety or nervousness your pet may experience.

 

Hydration and exercise 

Offer water to your pet regularly to keep them hydrated. Additionally, take short breaks during longer journeys to allow your pet to stretch their legs and relieve themselves at designated stops.

 

Be considerate

While your pet might be your priority, it’s essential to be considerate of other passengers. Keep your pet’s behaviour in check and avoid causing any inconvenience to fellow travellers.

 

Seek assistance 

If you have any concerns or require assistance during the journey, don’t hesitate to approach the railway staff. They are there to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all passengers, including your pet.

 

Travelling with pets on Indian Railways opens up a world of possibilities for pet parents who wish to explore the diverse landscapes and cultures of India without leaving their furry companions behind. By familiarising yourself with the rules and regulations, and following the tips mentioned above, you can ensure a memorable and enjoyable journey for both you and your pet.

 

So pack your bags, gather your pet’s essentials and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime with your loyal four-legged friend. Now every journey becomes a paw-some experience!

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