Indian Railway is becoming technologically advanced and the fact that people can book their tickets online confirms the statement. The people who know how to access internet on computers, can easily get reservation done on the internet itself. Indian Railway Online Booking has certainly changed the system of reservation in India. The best thing about this service is that one can get reservation done, sitting at home before the computer.
One can book his/ her tickets at IRCTC's online reservation site
(www.irctc.co.in). Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
(IRCTC) is a subsidiary or the marketing division of Indian Railways.
IRCTC handles the programme of online ticket booking. On 3rd August
2002, the system of online reservation was launched in collaboration
with the Centre for Railway Information Systems. Earlier, people used to
stand in long queues before the counters at the reservation centers, but
online ticket booking has made things easier to a great extent.
Though the queues at reservation counters are still lengthy, yet they
are in a better condition than before. Those people, who don't have
internet connection at home, can go to cyber cafes for the booking. In
case the user has a bank account in the banks listed on the page, then
just by debiting the bank account for the amount, one can also make the
payment for the ticket. Not only this, Indian railway online ticket
reservation can also be made by using credit cards.
State Bank of India (SBI) makes a railway card, which is useful in
online booking of tickets. In the vein of SBI, Federal Bank has also
joined IRCTC to facilitate customers in online reservation by means of
Fed Net principle. One can make reservations online by simply debiting
the Federal Bank account from anywhere in India or abroad. Another
advantage for customers of Federal Bank is their tickets are delivered
without any charge.
Indian Railways Online Ticket Booking is also of immense help to the
people who don't have much time. At the time of online reservation, one
can see two types of tickets namely I-tickets and E-tickets that are
offered. E-tickets are the electronic tickets offered by the Indian
Railway. Once a confirmed ticket appears on the screen, one can take a
printout of the ticket. For heading towards journey, one is required to
take the e-ticket along with an appropriate identity card.
I-tickets are actually Indian railway tickets that are required to be
booked some days prior to the actual date of journey. These tickets can
be availed after filling in the required data. I-tickets are sent to the
address provided in the form. To avail this service, one has to pay a
small fee including the courier charges. This service has made the
system easier and people can get tickets at their doorsteps without any