Online Booking on Indian Railways
One of the surveys conducted recently states that the maximum travel plans that happen in India are generally done through the Indian railways. The railway network in India is the fourth largest in the whole world and is only behind US, Russia and China. The trains reach to even the remotes places in India. Over the last 150 years, railways in India have undergone a massive change, the system has been updated, the services have been bettered but one of the most convenient services to come out of the railways kitty is the Online Reservation. Especially in towns and metros, the long queues has been done away with and people now resort to getting their tickets booked through online reservation system. Let us read in details about the online reservation system of the Indian Railways.
Online Reservation, is a relatively a new concept but it has gained momentum in the last decade or so. With internet penetrating through towns, cities of India people across India started indulging in the use of online reservation. One of the biggest advantages is that it is such a time saving activity. After your travel plans has been decided, you can quickly browse through both the sites of Indian Railways namely www.indianrail.gov.in or www.irctc.co.in to get the bookings done. The first site will still take you to irctc to get the bookings done. To book the ticket online is an easy job; all you need to know is the site details, the travel plans and the number of tickets that needs to be booked.
One of the first tasks is to find the train that will take you to your destined location. Once that is done, check for the availability of the tickets, if confirmed tickets are unavailable confirm on the day of travel again. List out the name of people who would be travelling along with you. Once all the necessary things are taken care of you can go ahead and book the tickets. However if you are interested in doing a quick book done using an online reservation site, this is possible. In such a case you should be aware of the Train number and the boarding point station code. Once these details are in your kitty, log in to the IRCTC site. This site would require a onetime registration that needs to be done. Once you are through you can select quick book under the services section.
In Quick book, all you need to mention is the to and from station details, the date on which you plan to travel, the class, the train number, the boarding point, ticket type and the quota. For the train number details, you can get this from the Indianrail site. You can check for availability by clicking on show availability. Once these specifications are filled, type the name of the people travelling, along with their age and berth preferences. Then click on quick book. You will be directed to do the payment using net banking, debit card or credit card facility.
The quick book in IRCTC is the easiest way to get the tickets booked.