Indian Railways

India has one of the largest railway network in the world. Though the network is extensive, the safety, the service and the comfort standards are bad as compared to other countries. Positive being the very low cost of tickets in comparison with Europe and other Asian countries. Negatives being political interference and ham handed short term policy that keep the rail minister n other politicians happy, over any broad long term thinking even if it means inconveniencing passengers, having skewed Railways’ recruitment policy.

The food and the hygiene in railway compartments may be wanting at best pathetic at worst, standing in big queues, dealing with uncooperative staff, and the touts is even worse. But nothing beats the toilets…

Most people even after the shortcomings of the Indian railways, prefer using it over the now booming short distance national and private airlines.

But one thing is for sure – for the tech saavy customer, its Website linked to the fully networked Passanger Reservation System (PRS completed in Apr 1999) , is as some call it – World best! . From 8 to 8 u can at a click of a mouse get train number, station code, uptodate availability, PNR and a lot more stuff.

Railways had started its ticketing site and online booking in Aug 2002 . The scheme was not very popular as the extra charges levied were high and u had to collect the ticket at major stations personally or wait for them to be sent by courier, defeating the whole purpose.

Things are now changing. Once u register ur details at the IRITC site, u can book ur ticket and take a print out of ur eticket instantly. Not only that they support multiple payment gateways .This i must say is the biggest improvement at the IRITC site , from the old method of online ticketing , where they used to send u the ticket by courier.

Indian rail website for PNR Enquier Train/ Availability

Iritc website for ticket booking

Payment gateways supported:

1. ICICI Payment Gateway (for Master / Visa Credit cards issued by any bank)
2. ICICI Bank Direct Debit
3. HDFC Bank Direct Debit
4. IDBI Bank Direct Debit
5. Citibank Debit card
6. Bank Of Punjab Direct Debit
7. Oriental Bank Of Commerce Direct Debit (At select branches of OBC)
8. UTI Bank Direct Debit
9. State Bank of India Direct Debit
10. Centurion Bank Direct Debit
11. Punjab National Bank Direct Debit
12. ABN Amro Bank Direct Debit
13. Corporation Bank Direct Debit
14. Federal Bank Direct Debit
15. Syndicate Bank Direct Debit
16. ITZ Cash Direct Debit
17. Union Bank Of India
18. IndusInd Bank.
19. Andhra Bank
20. Karnataka Bank
21. Done Card
22. State Bank of India Debit Card
23. HDFC BANK Debit Card
24. Bank of Rajasthan
25. Bank of India
26. HDFC PG
27. SBI Associates
28. Indian Bank
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8 thoughts on “Indian Railways

  1. To book your ticket log on http://www.indiantrains.org/

    The better way to search Indian trains looks great and it open fast, no pop-up, user friendly. Every information in a single page. This concept is good and some of the features like calendar, train running day has not come in a single website in this reviews. the most important features i have seen in this site that if the user does not know the station code then also he can see all the trains and it is only website which have a drop menu box for the important station from where you can choose the station name and also it has a date calendar from you can choose the date and it show the running day of the train so that you can know which day of the week this train is running. the other most important feature I have seen in this website that it show the train which does not have the reservation coach for the benefit of the user and they are showing the passenger train also which is also not available in any website. This site will enable the users to search train route and compare fares of most of the trains in India.

    it looks like a site skinned upon the main indiarail site but with a better inter phase..

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