Air travel is stressful for animals, and in some cases, it can be dangerous too.
Travelling by train is relatively less stressful than by air for any pet. The main reason for this is because you will be by its side at all times. Unless, of course, you don’t mind letting it travel in the luggage van — still, less severe conditions than any aircraft’s cargo hold.
Indian Railways insists you book an entire coupe (two berths) or cabin (4 berths) in AC First Class or First Class (Non AC) for yourself and your pet. This is if you want the pet to be with you at all times during the journey. However, if a fellow passenger objects to the accompanying animal in the same carriage, it will have to be moved to the luggage van.
Buying yourself a ticket for any other cabin class would mean packing your pet in a cage and having it placed in the break or luggage van. This will incur additional costs, based on the route you’re travelling and weight of the animal. It is imperative you contact the Railway Parcel Office at least 48 hours prior to the train’s scheduled departure to book the pet into the luggage van.