www.irctc.gen.in aims to provide visitors with quality information about IRCTC and Indian Railway Reservation System.
- complete ticket booking information
- tips and tricks
- PNR status checking
- up to date information on Indian Railways
IRCTC stands for : „Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation“
It is owned by the Indian Railways and is its subsidiary. It provides online ticket booking, the catering and the tour booking.
IRCTC introduced online train reservation for Indian Railways and is currently running this service on its website www.irctc.co.in . Also it works on mobile phones using smart phone apps or SMS. Such electronic ticket is called E-ticket, in addition it offers a I-ticket which is normal ticket only it is bought online and delivered by courier or a Post.
IRCTC loyalty program „Shubh Yatra“
This is a program for regulat passengers. Passengers can get discounted tickets if they pay an upfront annual fee.
IRCTC´s Rolling Deposit Scheme (RDS) is a scheme under which passengers can deposit money as an advance payment and later they can make a booking against this deposit.
Due to huge traffic every morning IRCTC servers are often choaking between 7:30 am and 10:30 am. It faces this issue inspite of well maintained hardware and commonly target of many jokes. IRCTC recently (2012) anounced to upgrade its server infrastructure to meet latest requirements.
The Tatkal ticket is a scheme introduced by the Indian Railways and is offering last minute booking in Sleeper Class, AC Chair Cars, 3 Tier AC and 2 Tier AC Classes in most Mail/Express trains in India. The booking starts at 10:00 hrs in the morning 1 day prior to the departure of the train from source station. This is to provide all passengers with equal chance to get the Tatkal ticket.
Tourism and Irctc
Third bussiness segment of IRCTC is tour packages sale for both foreign and domestic tourists. Some of the popular deluxe trains are:
- Palace on Wheels
- Golden Chariot
- Royal Orient Express
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
- Buddhist Circuit Train
- Deccan Odyssey
IRCTC also offers packages for budget travellers and adventurers, like safari treking and water adventures
Awards and achievements of IRCTC
Within 10 years from website release, the IRCTC is already the fastest growing online commerce website in Asia region. This is of course thanks to huge Indian population and number of passengers using Indian Railways on daily basis.