A network covering 63, 140 route kms (as on March 31, 2002), the Indian Railways traverse the length and breadth of the country. Even though the railways have been divided into zones for better management and functionality, the railway reservations or the process for booking train tickets is centrally computerised. Operating 14,444 trains daily, the IRCTC or Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited, ensures that train schedule and train timings remain prompt. In effect, Indian Railways is the largest railway system in the world to be functioning under a single management.
The most cost efficient mode of transport, Indian Railways enjoy preference over other public transport systems. Used extensively for passenger and freight transfer, Indian Railways proves itself the forerunner in the transport sector as the most affordable, convenient and well connected network. With thousands of railway stations across the country, superior safety standards, lower environmental hazard and relatively low train fare, Indian Railways is the first choice for transfer goods and commodities.
While the Indian Railway booking system has always been well organised, one immensely crucial step has been the launch of the IRCTC website, making all processes related to Indian Railways a breeze. Besides allowing online booking of rail ticket (s), it offers everything from railway map to railway ticket fare to timetable of train (s). A complete railway enquiry system is in place, with a click of the mouse allowing one to access / check the Indian Railways timetable, railway ticket availability and booking for any sector besides complete online train ticket reservations. Visitors to the website can use it not only for railway ticket reservation / booking but also to find out ticket availability and ticket confirmation or PNR status for any ticket on any train within the Indian Railways network.
With various seating arrangements like AC 1 tier, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, AC Chair Car, Sleeper and General in most long distance trains and another range of seat availability in the metro trains within urban areas, the Indian Railways offers a plethora of choices. Travellers can take their pick and enjoy the convenience and affordability of this mode of transport.
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