Gzb, India (PressExposure) July 13, 2011 -- IRCTC stands for Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation. This is a very prestigious project which was started by the railway ministry in order to boost the country's tourism and also to promote our culture. It acts as one single stop shop for online reservations, tour packages and other related bookings. IRCTC has come up with 'tatkal' scheme of booking where the needful can be done in 2 days advance barring the date of traveling. You can get your tickets via email or on your mobile phone or even through mail. To get an e-ticket on your phone, you will have to ensure that either your phone is java enabled or at least has a GPRS connection.
There are at present four luxury trains which are launched by IRCTC, which are specially built with all the facilities on board to promote tourism and our culture and heritage.These luxury trains are Palace on Wheels, Fairy Queen, Heritage on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey.
The experience of traveling by Indianrailway is indeed, very different and exciting. The Indianrailway system has improved a lot during the last two decades. The process of booking train tickets, checking PNR status and checking seat availability has become very user friendly.
IRCTC also offers special tour trains to selected destinations which are world famous such as Varanasi, Agra etc. For example, if a person wants to trace out the journey of Lord Buddha and wants to visit paces related to him, then he can get a reservation done in one of the tour trains like the Mahaparinirvan special train. This will allow him to see Delhi, Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Nalanda, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Saravasti and then back to Delhi. IRCTC will plan your travel itinerary for you giving you a lot of ease and comfort. Everything right from the hotel bookings to traveling and sight seeing, IRCTC will arrange for you.
Majority of the people prefer to book train tickets in advance. This helps to avoid the last minute chaos and hassle. It is always good to confirm the Indian Railway seat availability before booking the tickets. Passengers can follow few simple steps to confirm the Indian Railway seat availability. First step is to visit the Railway Passenger Enquiry Page, followed by entering the name of the source and destination place. Seat availability can be checked in particular class as well as in all classes. Finally, the traveling date should be entered. Availability of the seats varies from one train to another.