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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  This Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.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Hence, in a move to make people turn more towards online payments and go cashless, the government has withdrawn taxes from tickets booked through IRCTC’s website.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 🙂

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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.

 

Special Train Between Jaipur And Delhi For Summer Vacations

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Before the summer vacations officially begin, the Indian Railways have introduced extra special trains between Delhi and Jaipur from April 10 to June 29, 2016.
Keeping in mind the rush each year, the summer special train works on the same day departure and return journey. The train will leave Jaipur at 7:55 am to reach Sarai Rohilla in Delhi at 1:20 pm the same day. The return train will depart from Sarai Rohilla, Delhi at 2:30 pm to reach Jaipur at 7:55 pm.

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The main station on which the train halts are Gandhinagar Station Jaipur, Dausa, Bandikui, Alwar, Rewari, Gurgaon and Delhi Cantt. The superfast train run on 6 days a week except Thursdays.

 

Digital tips for hassle free train journey

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Snaking through lush green valleys, making way in the midst of scattered around sand dunes, passing on a bridge over vast span of River flowing underneath, going through dark tunnel or inching to halt station through the outskirts of the city are all the thrills which one experiences during train journey.

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Train ride is simply magnificent. Come to know new people. Get to see new places.  Enjoy the natural beauty enroute and many more. But this joy has its own share of inconveniences. Here are some digital tips which a traveler can use to make his journey comfortable and hassle free.

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1) Pre-plan your journey:

Though very basic but as it is said that a stitch at time saves nine, same principal applies here. Indian railways give one an opportunity to make reservations prior to the date of Journey. If one wants digital reservations to avoid long queue can book it through a website named as Ticketdate.  irctc-ticketdate

 

2} On Waiting list: Any solutions:

Yes, there is a partial solution. A tool christened Trainman can apprise you with the odds of wait listed tickets to be confirmed. The modus operandi is simple. Enter the PNR no. and press the percentage symbol in the list of trains of the route one wishes to take. If the odds are in favor of ticket getting confirmed than it will appear with green background. If it appears in Red background, then it is obvious that confirmation might not happen.

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3) Acquaint with Station codes. Train schedules and routes:

One can get real time data at Indianrail.gov.in to extract information regarding seat availability, fares, schedules and routes. This information helps to obtain confirmed reservation in the desired train.

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4) Need Tatkal tickets:

An autofill tool is available for booking tatkal tickets. The Magic Autofill button will enter your booking details on the browser so that the request is ahead in queue as soon as clock strikes 10 A.M., the stipulated time for booking Tatkal tickets.

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5) Pay for tickets on delivery:

There is a facility provided for cash on delivery in case one does not has online payment options. A simple app on your smart phone can get you out of this problem. BookMyTrain provides this facility to traveler in 200 cities across India.

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6) On wait list, fly by air:

If the wait listed tickets are booked 3 days prior to the date of Journey and stand no chance of confirmation then,  IRCTC which has a tie up with low cost flight operators will provide with an option to fly by air to your destination.

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7) Check the arrival status:

The arduous wait of a train behind schedule at platform kills the thrill of journey and wastes the time which otherwise could have been utilized for any other purpose, RailYatri updates live on the schedule status of running train. It also has two amazing features which will let the traveler know the status of Mobile connectivity during the journey and it will also advise upon avoidance of habitually late trains.

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8) Forgot to carry food, no worry

Barring few trains the food of train’s pantry is just awful , To avoid occurrence of gastronomical trouble during the journey, an option is available in form of Travel Khana where meal can be ordered for 2000 trains running through all major stations of the country is provided through an app or phone. The payment has to be made on delivery.

 

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These virtual aids will certainly make your chook-chook journey merrier. So jump on the band wagon and enjoy the journey.

 

IRCTC’s New Year Gift for Jaipur Citizens

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A special train would take city people to five jyotirlingas in three states.

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Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run a special train to pilgrimage for the citizens of Jaipur. This pilgrimage train would visit to five jyotirlingas in three states of the country.

The tour will start from January 20 from Jaipur and will return after 10 days. The IRCTC has scheduled the itinerary of the train in which the train will reach Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on January 21. Here passengers could visit Mahakaleshwar. After that, the train will reach Dwarka in Gujarat on January 22 and after the night stay could visit the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga next day. The pilgrims would visit the Somnath Jyotirlinga on January 24 at Veraval. The train will go to Aurangabad on January 25 and visit the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga on January 26. The train will proceed to Nasik, where the passengers would visit the last pilgrimage Trayambkeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nasik. The train will return back to Jaipur on January 29, 2014

The tour package will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and lodging during journey. A total of Rs 5,500 per person would be charged for the tour. It includes whole facilities during the journey.

 

Musical Journey for Railway Passengers

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A musical journey awaits passengers of Indian Railway with Railways deciding to play musical sound tracks in several trains and coaches.

Instrumental music played by maestros like Ustad Bismillah Khan, TN Rajaratnam Pillai and Pandit Pannalal Ghosh will keep passengers entertained in Indian Railway trains with a public announcement system in place. Indian Railways has sourced the music from the All India Radio library.

The ministry has given instruction to zonal railways that while playing the music, the region through which the train passes should be kept in mind. Railways are also taking a number of initiatives for on—board entertainment of passengers.

Earlier, premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi had this facility, further most, Railways are in the process of providing live TV facility in Shatabdis originating from New Delhi,” said the official.

Weekly summer special train from Darbhanga to Yesvantpur

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To clear the extra rush of large number of passengers during the summer season 2013, Railways have decided to run weekly summer special train between Darbhanga and Yesvantpur for the convenience of the passengers.

Train No.05289 – Running schedule of the weekly summer special train 2013 from Darbhanga toYesvantpur : Train will leave Darbhanga at 16.15 hrs. on every Friday from 07/06/2013 to 28/06/2013 i.e., 07/06,14/06,21/06 and 28/06/2013(04 trips).Train will reach at Yesvantpur  at 20.55 hrs. on the third day (Sunday).

Train No.05290 – Running schedule of the weekly summer special train 2013 special train 2013 fromYesvantpur to Darbhanga : Train will leave Yesvantpur at 09.55 hrs. on every Monday from 10/06/2013 to 01/07/2013 i.e., 10/06,17/06,24/06 and 01/07/2013 (04 trips).Train will reach at Darbhanga at 14.15 hrs. on the third day (Wednesday).

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Darbhanga- Yesvantpur –  Darbhanga   weekly summer  special train 2013 will stop at the following Stations : Samastipur Jn.,Barauni, PatnaJn., Danapur, Ara,Buxar,Mughalsarai Jn.,Mirzapur,Chheoki,Manikpur Jn., Satna,Katni Jn.,Jabalpur,Narsinghpur,Pipariya, Itarsi,Ghoradongir,Betul,Pandhurana, Nagpur, Sevagram,Chandrapur,Balharshah,Vijayawada Jn.,Gudur,Chennai Central,Katpadi Jn. and Jolarpettai Jn. stations in both the directions.

 Train will have Two AC – 2 – tier, three  AC – 3 –tier and thirteenSleeper Class coaches.