Indian Railways is one of the oldest and widely used networks of the country. The first passenger train rolled out in 1853 between Bombay to Thane. Since then the railways has become the lifeline of Indians who see it as a primary means for transport.
With the coming up of internet the rail booking has become an automated and easy process. All that is required from your side is an internet connection and a credit card.
The website that is dedicated to the booking of the railway tickets is Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The website offers reservations to more than 130 million people every day. This site also provides various APIs that are used by many popular travel portals to provide you the facilities of reservation.
The railways are known for their services and punctual arrivals. Nowadays high speed trains have been added to the existing system which has drastically reduced the travel times. Many high-speed express trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Jan Shatabdi and Duronto known for their speed and luxurious interiors.
Once you have decided your destination to book your tickets then you should visit the nearest railway office in case the internet is not available or visit the official website of the Railways to get your tickets booked. With the growing technology it has indeed become easier to book and keep a track of your train using the SMS notifications or GPS services. Gone are the days when you have to book your tickets at least 2 to 3 months before departure. You have to go to the station, check the railway charts and then check out their availability to book them.
There are many online travel portals that offer their services of online ticket booking along with other features like hotel accommodations and sightseeing. Many portals give you some points which you can redeem to get discounts on your next purchase from them.
So next time when you are planning to visit any place ion India then book your tickets with Indian Railways network.