Category Archives: Railways

Special Summer Train between Hyderabad and Jaipur to begin from March 10

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The summers in India means holiday time! To ease the pressure of travelling every year IRCTC introduces special train during summer season. To begin the season’s special trains, the South Central Railways (SCR) has announced a weekly Summer Special Train from Hyderabad to Jaipur from March 10.

As per the released schedule, the summer special train will make 34 trips till July. The train number (02731/02732) will originate from Hyderabad and halt at Nanded among few other Marathwada cities.

The special train will leave from Hyderabad every Friday at 4.25 pm and reach Nanded at 12.05 am before reaching Jaipur at around 6.25am on Sunday. In its return journey, the train will leave from Jaipur every Sunday at 03.00 pm and will reach Hyderabad via Akola and Nanded on Tuesday at 02.00 am.

The 18 coaches train will cover the following stations- .Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Basmat, Washim, Akola, Khandwa, Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam, Ajmer and Mandar Junction.

No Service Charge On Online Train Tickets Booked through IRCTC for one month

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The online railway ticket booking through the IRCTC website has just become cheaper! Thanks to  the Union Budget 2017!

Earlier, a service tax of Rs. 20 had to be paid while booking Sleeper Class tickets and Rs. 40 for AC class tickets.  This Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.

The online booking of railway tickets has witnessed a sharp spurt after the government banned the  500 and 1000 notes on November 8 and the cash crunch that followed. But as people switched to cashless transactions, there was a growing demand that the service charge be waived.

Hence, in a move to make people turn more towards online payments and go cashless, the government has withdrawn taxes from tickets booked through IRCTC’s website.
Now the Online Payment has its own perks. Happy Traveling 🙂

IRCTC Launches its Mobile App on Google App

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IRCTC released its new ‘IRCTC Rail Connect’ Mobile App on Google play-store. IRCTC Rail Connect is one of the most awaited app as it contains following new features:

 

  • New Users, register and activate from App directly.
  • Advanced security features to use self-assigned PIN to login without entering username and password on each login. One step login to existing users.
  • Ladies & Premium Tatkal quota booking support added.
  • Current reservation facility.
  • Integrated with IRCTC e-wallet for faster and hassle free transactions.
  • Boarding point change functionality.
  • IRCTC website’s tickets are now synchronized with app. Now users can view, cancel or file TDR of e-tickets booked through official website (www.irctc.co.in) and vice-versa.
  • Users can view the status of e-tickets booked through our authorized Online Travel Agents (OTA).
  • Users can view and cancel old mobile app tickets also.

You can download the “IRCTC Rail Connect App” Android mobile app from http://bit.do/IRCTC-Rail-Connect

 

A New Artistic Look and the Glory Anthem; Jodhpur Railway Station has new surprises for the tourists

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A traveler loves to keep moving forward, visiting new places, and doing new things, because he’s curious and curiosity keeps leading him down new countries, new cities! If we ask, what is that one thing that immediately catches your attention and influences your views about the city you land in? Off course the look of its Railway Station or Airport! Right?

To delight the tourists coming to Rajasthan, the state tourism department has come up with an initiative to revamp its various Railway Stations with attractive and vibrant traditional art work and Rajasthani paintings. Following the Railway Stations of Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Bikaner, now Jodhpur joins the group!!

Jodhpur Railway Station has been around since 1885 to be precise. And now it gets a brand new look with colorful and artistic paintings all over to amaze the tourists in Blue City!

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To change the look of this ancient station of Rajasthan, regional artwork has been painted on its ceilings, walls and pillars. Mesmerizing geometrical flowers, kings, queens and royal lifestyle are depicted, making the station look both colorful and artistic.

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As Jodhpur is a major tourist destination, this effort will sure be appreciated by tourists. Moreover, it is also a matter of pride for the localites, not just to see tourism department trying to bring something new but also to see their local art being promoted in such a beautiful way.

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This is not all, Jodhpur rail division has also penned and composed its glory song and this has been prepared by rail personnel themselves. The song is played at the station occasionally!

Isn’t it exciting!!  Wouldn’t you want to visit the Blue City for its all new and artistically done Railway Station?

IRCTC announced special packages for ‘Bharat Darshan’

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For an avid traveller, there is an incredible opportunity coming up which was announced by IRCTC on Tuesday. The train will take you for “Bharat Darshan” including various historical and pilgrimage destinations across the country at really affordable prices. The journey will take place from October- December in various lots.

The train comprises of two luggage and 15 sleeper coaches including a pantry. These packages will include accommodation, sightseeing, vegetarian food and road transportation.img_7294

The schedule of the trains will be as below:

Train 1 

Departure October 4 from Chandigarh

Tour span- 6 days

Places- Shirdi- Saisignapur-Trayambakeshwar.

Boarding stations- Ambala, Kurukshetra,Karnal, Panipat, Delhi Cantt, Rawari and Jaipur

Fare- 5,020 per person

Train 2 for Dakshin Bharat Yatra

Departure- October 14 from Varanasi

Tour Span- 13 days

Places- Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Thirvananthpuram, Kochi, Tirupati and Malikarjun

Fare- 10,870 per person

Train 3

Departure- November 2 from Chandigarh

Places- Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Thirvananthpuram, Kochi, Tirupati and Malikarjun

Fare- 10,870 per person

For more information, visit http://www.irctctourism.com/

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Bikaner gets it’s Railway Station walls painted in floral textures

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Drawing inspiration from Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, various railway stations of Rajasthan have undergone drastic makeovers. The walls are painted keeping along the themes of various cities like Jaipur’s Gandhinagar Station getting Rajasthani puppets, Udaipur in its Nathdwara art painted on the respective stations and coaches. And now there is Bikaner taking inspiration from the floral prints of Badal Mahal.
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All these initiatives have helped local residents to connect themselves with the traditions of their city on a better level and the visitors will get a chance to get acquainted with the traditions and cultures of Rajasthan. This will in fact attract tourism and will spread awareness among localites to maintain cleanliness around this newly painted station.

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New Rules of Indian Railways will be Effective from 1st July

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New Rules of Indian Railways will be Effective from 1st July

Local Train is considered to be the lifeline of Mumbai but in a broader perspective, Indian Railways is lifeline of India. The trains connect our country and make it easy for people to travel to every part of the country. Railway Ministry keeps coming up with new set of rules to improve the services. Some new set of rules have been announced that will be effective from 1st of July. Take notes-

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1.Suvidha trains will not have waiting lists from next month. Only confirmed and RAC passengers will get seats.

2.Passengers will get 50% refund on cancelling the tickets of Suvidha Trains.

3.The number of coaches in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains will be increased.

4.Rajdhani and Shatabdi will have only Mobile tickets from July 1 which means that they are going paperless.

5.Train bookings will be started in various languages which is certainly a great step.

6.From July 1, the services of Premium trains will come to an end.

7.On cancellation of Tatkal tickets, passengers will get half refund.

8.Note the new Tatkal booking timings- Tatkal window for AC coach will be open between 10 am and 11 am while for sleeper coach it will be open from 11 am to 12 pm. This will reduce the traffic and bookings will come through faster.

9.Half refund of fare on cancellation charges of rupees 100 for air-conditioned-II tier/first class, rupees 90 for air-conditioned III-tier/3 economy/air-conditioned chair car and rupees 60 for sleeper class will be given.