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Booking online railway tickets in India
For booking a train ticket or an air ticket , the first thing that is required is to have a bank account and secure a debit or credit card for doing the transactions online. Now for booking a train ticket, go to http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ or http://www.irctc.co.in/ or http://www.indianrailwaysreservation.net.in/ and register yourself. Check for the trains between the stations you desire to travel . Check for seat availability at the preferred date(s). Depending upon the availability of seats, you can also check about its fare online. Now go to the link Internet reservation and book your seats.
At www.irctc.co.in the procedure is as follows: Register as an individual.Registration is FREE. Login by entering your user name and password. The"Plan my travel" page appears. If the From/To station selected by you are correct in the route of the train then : Select e-Ticket option. Select the type of Quota
a.To find train list,click on "Find Trains" option.
b.The List of Trains show the number of trains available for that route.
c.If you wish to know the route and the timings,click on the train name under the "List of Trains" option.
d.To get the fare, click on class avaliable in the selected train under "List of Trains".It will show fare according to type of class selected. The fare appearing is for a single adult Passenger excluding the service charges charged by IRCTC and by the Bank(Credit Card/Direct Debit).
e.To select the train from the train list ,click on the type of class available in the selected train.
f.If you will click on the class in the train list then it will show the train details with avalibility.
g.To book tickets, click on "Book"button under avalibility option.
h.If you wish to select other train, click on "RESET" button. Ticket reservation page appears; check whether the train name and the station names displayed on the top of the page are same as desired by you. Enter the names of the Passengers, age, sex and berth preference for each Passenger. The maximum length of names should be restricted to 15 characters. If the Passenger is a senior citizen (60 yrs and above) and wants to avail Senior Citizens' concession (30% of Base fare), click the box provided. Senior citizens are requested to carry some proof of age during their journey. The ticket details, availability of tickets at the particular time and the fare, including theservice charge,appear on the screen, along with the payment option Follow the instructions. After successful payment and booking of accommodations, the User is shown the ticket confirmation details along with a “Print Reservation Slip” Button. On clicking the button ERS is shown with an option to print. The customer can subsequently also print Electronic Reservation Slip from the 'BOOKED TICKETS' link on the left navigation bar. If you require to book return ticket, click "BOOK RETURN TICKET"and you will be taken again to "Plan my Travel"page with the from and to station swapped.
A tourist can obtain reservations against Indrail passes from any reservation office over Indian Railways.For getting any clarifications regarding use of Indrail passes and facilities to the foreign tourists, the passengers should contact at : International Tourist Bureau, New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi- 110 001 Phone : 91-11-2340515