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Train ticket booking with Indian Railways

Indian Railways train ticket booking is the first step toward realizing your travel plan. At ixigo you can easily search for trains to your destination. Just enter the station names or codes in the boxes, select your date of journey as well as the travel class, enter the number of passengers, and click on the search tab. On the next screen, you would get the list of all the trains heading toward your journey destination. You can further on check for seat status by clicking on check live availability. This is a simple way to find out about the current reservation status in different Indian railway trains. Booking a reserved ticket on a train ensures that you get a confirmed berth for your journey with the Indian Railways.

Indian Railway Network and Train Journeys
Indian Railways has 115,000 km long network of tracks which cover a distances of 67,312 km on different routes. There are as many as 7,112 railway stations operating under Indian Railways as of now. More than 8 billion passengers travel by train in India. Further narrowing down the figure, about 23 million passengers travel from one place to another on train in a single day. This highlights the fact that Indian Railways is the lifeline for travellers when it comes to commuting between cities and states. The Indian railway network is also known as Bharatiya Rail which eventually has the tagline ‘Lifeline to the Nation’. Altogether, there are 16 railway zones under the Indian Railways.

Different travel classes on trains
Indian Railways offers different types of travel classes for the passengers to ensure that they have a smooth and comfortable journey. Before you book train tickets between two stations, you need to select a particular travel class. You can choose between AC and non-AC coaches, the fare for which differ substantially. Under the AC coaches, you can book train tickets for AC 1 Tier, AC 2 Tier, or AC 3 Tier. Under non-AC coaches, you can book Sleeper class ticket. In some trains, there is an option of Chair Cars which is meant for sitting only. Chair Cars can be AC or non-AC and it is mentioned accordingly.

Different Types of Indian Railways trains
Besides classes, Indian Railways also runs different types of trains. Generally, long-distance passenger trains are Superfast and Express trains. Then there are the Rajdhani, Duronto, and Shatabdi trains. These are premium trains which have shorter travel duration and better speed. The fares for these trains are slightly higher. These three trains are fully air-conditioned too. Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains are a favourite among the train travellers. Apart from these, there are seasonal trains run by Indian Railways, such as Suvidha. Garib Rath is another category of train meant to facilitate air-conditioned coaches at economy fares on certain train routes. Knowing the difference between these types helps you book train tickets as per your comfort and preferences. Of late, Indian Railways has been keen on launching new and more sophisticated trains like Gatiman Express and Talgo. These new breed of trains equipped with better features and latest technology will shorten the journey time for passengers by a fair margin.

IRCTC Ticket Booking and Train Reservation
IRCTC ticket booking caters to millions of passengers for making railway booking and train reservation. In order to book train tickets on IRCTC, you need to register as a user on their website. After that you can book train tickets. You can also make tatkal tickets bookings, the window for which opens at 10 am to 11 am for AC class tickets and 11 am to 12 noon for non-AC class tickets.

Indian Railways Trains and Ticket Booking Enquiry
At ixigo, you can not only search for seat availability on trains but also train and station information. Further, you can check for PNR status enquiry as well. For train info, you can enter the train name or number in the Search by Train Name/Number box. Similarly, for station code and other related information, you can type the name in Search by Station box. If you have a particular query on trains, you can always chat with ixibaba, which is a unique A.I. for all your travel related queries. You can also view train routes and train schedules at a single quick. Navigate through the webpage to access all these features in a seamless way.

Besides searching for IRCTC ticket availability, you can also search for flights simultaneously and make your travel bookings accordingly.