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.
The list of major Indian
Railway Zones is as follows:
Indian Railways: This is the oldest of
Indian railway zones and one of the largest of the 16
zones formed by Indian railways.
Indian Railways: The Eastern Railway (ER)
zone is one of the important Indian Railway zones. With
its headquarters in Kolkata, the Eastern Zone is divided
further into four divisions namely Mald, Howrah, Asansol
and Sealdah for better working.
Indian Railways: It is one of the nine
older zones of Indian Railways. New Delhi, the national
capital of India serves as headquarters of this Indian
Indian Railways: This is the first zone
formed after India got liberated from British Rule.
Southern Indian Railway Zone was established on April
14, 1951 by combination of always of three states.
Indian Railways: This Indian railways zone
is amongst the most hustling and lively rail networks
of the country. The headquarters of Western Indian Railway
is situated in Mumbai city.
Below are the popular and demanded trains from Indian Railways:
Rajdhani and Duronto Trains: Duronto Express is a non-stop point to point rail service. Such kind of train service has been introduced for the second time in Indian Railways history.
Shatabdi Trains: Shatabdi Express a series of high speed trains connects various important cities of the country. There are several tourist places as well as business centres which passengers can reach easily via Shatabdi Express trains.
Janshatabdi Trains : Janshatabdi Express Trains by Indian Railways are a series of high speed trains. The fast moving trains connects various important cities of the country.
Garibrath and Yuva Trains : Garib Rath Express Train was started to offer completely AC (air conditioned) rail travel to all those travellers who canít afford costly fares of fully AC classy and posh trains like Shatabadi and Rajdhani Express.