IRCTC Train Ticket Booking

IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation) has transformed the face of train travel in India. It leads online train ticket booking through its all-inclusive website. Besides e-tickets, IRCTC also offers I-tickets that are like regular tickets, but are booked online and delivered by post to your doorstep. IRCTC functions as a one-stop shop for rail tour packages, spanning hotel bookings, tourist trains, car rentals, e-ticketing as well as i-ticketing. It also runs a 24*7 support centre that helps address issues like train ticketing, train timings, tour bookings and seat availability.
One can also check their ticket PNR status on its website or app.

Train Ticket Reservations:

IRCTC has made train travel much easier with its online booking feature. Reserving a seat on the official website of Indian Railways is instantaneous, safe and simple. On the website, there are two modes of booking a ticket - i−tickets and e−tickets. I-tickets are regular train tickets that are delivered to your doorstep via courier. I-ticket service is only available across select cities. E-tickets are online copy of a train ticket which you need to save on your computer and take a print out of. If you book an e-ticket, you are required to present a government-issued photo identity while travelling. Recently, IRCTC launched a mobile application called IRCTC Mobile for booking tickets on the go on your java-enabled smartphones. IRCTC Mobile is a convenient way to book train tickets on an interface which is easy to navigate. In order to use IRCTC Mobile, you need to register yourself with IRCTC for using the IRCTC Mobile or from the web site. Tickets that are ordered using the app will be delivered to your postal address within three working days.

IRCTC General, Tatkal & Ladies quota Booking:

On a general booking, you can prepone or postpone the date of journey on Confirmed/RAC/Waitlisted tickets in the same or a higher class with extra charges. Note that this facility can be availed only once, for RAC and waitlisted tickets as well. Tatkal reservation facility is available in all Mail/Express trains including special trains. Tatkal (Emergency) tickets are basically meant for passengers who want to travel at a short time’s notice, say in a day or two. Given on a first-come, first-serve basis, tatkal tickets can be booked only 24 hours before the departure of your train. Tatkal tickets cannot be booked for First Class A/C and these tickets are non-refundable. In the year 2011, IRCTC introduced ‘Ladies Quota’ which provides concessions to women who are either travelling alone or with a child below 3 years of age. These concessions are offered to women travelling in sleeper class and there are only 6 booked berths on Ladies Quota in a train. IRCTC also has provisions for discounted tickets for senior citizens, students, disabled citizens and more. One can pay through cash, credit cards and debit cards on the IRCTC website and the IRCTC Mobile App.

IRCTC - Tourist Trains and Tour Packages:

There are many special tourist trains and tour packages offered by IRCTC that take passengers through the most popular destinations across the length and breadth of India.

Note: If you want more details, you can log in to the IRCTC website.

Bharat Darshan:

‘Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Train’ is one of the most affordable, all inclusive tour package, covering some of the most important tourist places in the country.
  • Destinations: Agra, Ajmer, Amritsar, Haridwar, Jaipur, Mathura, Udaipur, Vaishnodevi
  • Fares: INR 11,340 per person (GST included)
  • Duration: 11 Nights/12 Days

Golden Triangle of South India:

‘Golden Triangle of South India’ is an IRCTC package that takes you across the picturesque landscapes of Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty.
  • Destinations: Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty
  • Fares: INR 9580 approximately
  • Duration: 6 Nights/7 Days

Steam Express (Fairy Queen):

The historical Steam Express is a 60-seater air-conditioned chair car that recreates an old world charm and chugs along some of the most historically important destinations in the country.
  • Destinations: Delhi, Alwar, Sariska
  • Fares: INR 8600 per adult, INR 4300 per child
  • Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

DHR (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) Joyride:

Exposing you to the breathtaking sceneries of the Himalayas, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Joyride has three sessions, namely Morning Tour, Afternoon Tour and Heritage Toy Train Safari:
  • Morning Tour: This tour is from Darjeeling to Ghum and back; it also makes a stop at the DHR Museum in Ghum. The fare is INR 620 approximately.
  • Afternoon Tour: This tour is same as above, only it is scheduled in the afternoons. The fare is also same as above.
  • D.H.R. Heritage Toy Train Safari: This toy train safari, which runs seasonally and is not always in service, takes passengers through the verdant woodlands of Mahanadi Reserve Forest situated at an altitude of about 1,404 ft. The fare is INR 610.

Indian Railways Luxury Trains:

IRCTC manages a total of 7 luxury trains in India which takes passengers to some of the best travel destinations in India. These elite trains of India cater to tourists who want to explore the rich cultural heritage of India in the lap of luxury. From incredible interiors to mesmeric ambiance and lavish gastronomical feasts, these trains offer almost luxury you can imagine. Take a look at some of these luxury trains -

The Deccan Odyssey:

The Deccan Odyssey is an IRCTC initiative that brings royalty to life with 6 expertly-crafted itineraries. With this train, you can travel in luxury across quite a few very well known destinations in the state of Maharashtra. The route network goes something like this:
  • Destinations: The route depends on the package you choose.
    1. Maharashtra Splendor
    2. Susegado Goa
    3. Indian Odyssey
    4. Jewels of the Deccan
    5. Maharashtra Wild Trail
    6. Hidden Treasures of Gujarat
    7. Indian Sojourn
  • Fares: INR 4,27,000 for single occupancy
  • Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days

Heritage on Wheels:

Heritage on Wheels takes you through undulated plains of Bikaner and Shekhawati, which are the major traditional spots of Rajasthan.
  • Destinations: Jaipur, Bikaner, Tal Chhapar, Nawalgarh & Shekhawati-Jaipur
  • Fares: INR 19,000 for single occupancy
  • Duration: 4 Nights/4 Days

Palace on Wheels:

One of the most luxurious trains by IRCTC, Palace on Wheels takes you to explore the royal and romantic land of Rajasthan, while getting a ‘Maharaja’ service.
  • Destinations: Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh, Keoladeo National Park and Agra.
  • Fares: Single Occupancy fare starts at INR 3,63, 300
  • Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days

Maharajas’ Express:

The most lavish venture by IRCTC, Maharajas’ Express is presumedly India’s most expensive luxury train and covers many of the important tourist destinations in India. Maharajas’ Express offers a choice of five different packages.
  • Destinations: The route depends upon the package you choose. The packages are:
    • Heritage of India
    • Treasures of India
    • Gems of India
    • Indian Panorama
    • Indian Splendor

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  • Fares: The fare varies from package to package
  • Duration: The duration also varies from package to package