Keeping in mind the rush at the time of reservation, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, popularly known as IRCTC offers online reservation of tickets. You can make online reservation to your preferred destination without any hassles. This facility requires online payment through credit or debit card and you would be required to carry an ID proof along with you.
On a happy note, online booking of tickets or e-tickets is the easiest way to get through the reservation process as you could book from anywhere if you have access to internet. After you log on to the online reservation site of the IRCTC, you need to fill out details to know the trains available on a particular route for a particular date.
If trains will be available, a list of trains, routes, class, berth, and fares would be provided. You may have a ‘Confirmed’ ticket, ‘RAC’ (Reservations against cancellation) or ‘WL’ (Waiting List) as per the case of availability of berths and seats respectively.
IRCTC offers the facility of rail reservation or booking through mobiles through Speech recognition, GPRS and CDMA techniques. IRCTC also gives the privilege to Indian passengers of booking through SMS or e-mail.
The prior requirements to reserve tickets through SMS include:
- The user must have a mobile connection with any of the mobile operators.
- The user must be registered with the IRCTC and select the mobile booking facilities.
- The user must be solicited with any recognized bank providing Mobile-banking service.
To avail the facility of rail reservation through SMS, the user has to choose the mobile reservation choice. The user has to put his/her mobile number, mobile operator and mode of payment. People who are new to the SMS booking facility must register the mobile booking service provided by the mobile operators or visit IRCTC website to go through the registration form. Reserving a railway ticket has never been this easy.
As there are millions of bookings everyday in the Indian Railways, some of them may slip into the unconfirmed reservation category or put on the waiting list category. This makes it vital for the passengers to check their PNR (Passenger Name Record) status. PNR status can be checked by the user on his/her mobile phone by using the 3 digit SMS code 319 or to the other short code of the Indian Railways- 5676747. Another method of checking the PNR status through your phone is by using your GPRS. Yet another method is by using the Indian Railway helpline number 139 and following the Interactive Voice Response System.
While booking a ticket online, you need to choose whether you want to book an E-ticket or an I-ticket. E-ticket can be printed at home while I-ticket is delivered at your place. It is advisable to book your ticket some time prior to the date of journey, in case you are opting for the I-ticket. Passengers can visit the website to register themselves and enjoy easy and quick online reservations to their desired destination.