While planning a train journey, it is important that you check the train seat availability, because without it traveling is impossible. If seats are available, you can proceed further with your plans.
Now you have reservation counters at every town and city, which makes it easier for the customers to check the seat availability. Then there are the 24-hour helpline centers where you can call at anytime of the day and enquire any matter dealing with the railways. With the introduction of computers and Internet, you can sit at home or your office and check the availability of seats, PNR status, train timings, train timetable and even book your tickets within seconds. The website of the Indian Railways, IRCTC, and several other travel and tourism sites offer you this service.
The availability of seats is also obtained by text messaging through the mobile phones. All you need is to send an SMS to the given number in the required format. A call to the toll-free number 139 directs to an IVRS machine, which offers you information on trains, tickets and seat availability. An SMS to the same number also provides all details on your cell phone. You can also access the online websites on any GPRS enabled mobile handset. The mobile should be a smart phone or a java enabled phone.
During the peak times it is very difficult to get reservation in trains. So, book your ticket well in advance to ensure the train seat availability.
Today passengers can check for the train seat availability on the official website of Indian Railways. They can also enquire about the same on their mobile phones. All that they need is a mobile with a browser facility or a GPRS function.
Getting the information on the mobile handset is quite simple. For that, passengers have to download the suitable software on the mobile. If they have not registered themselves on the website of the railways, they will have to do so now. However, if they are a member on the IRCTC website, they just have to login to the mobile railway application with the same user ID and password.
This feature allows the passenger to search for the trains, select the desired train, book for the tickets, make a payment and then receive the reservation confirmation. The reservation message gives the ticket PNR number, train number, the date of journey, the class of travel and the coach number. The passengers can produce this confirmation message along with their valid ID card and it acts as their valid ticket.
If the passengers use the online mode of reservation, they can opt for an e-ticket or i-ticket booking. The i-ticket is a physical ticket, which the passengers will receive within a day or two of making a reservation. The e-ticket booking provides the booking details on the passenger’s e-mail address. Apart from searching for the train seat availability, the website gives its passengers added facilities such as hotel accommodations, hiring a cab and booking tourist trains among others.
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