The Indian Railways are known to have a very low fare which is one of the least in the world and tickets for a railway journey can be booked with the help of the railway ticketing system which is computerized. Also, tickets can be bought from any railway station in the country. The booking can also be done with the help of the official site of the IRCTC or the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation which is www.irctc.co.in. You can book a railway ticket till 90 days before the date you want to travel. Credit cards, debit cards and online bank accounts can be used to pay for the ticket.
In earlier days, there werent many options to choose from but nowadays, the Indian Railway has come up with different classes of trains that the commuter can choose from to travel in. Some of these are AC First Class, AC 3rd Class, AC three tier, AC 2nd Class, AC Chair Car, Seater Class, Sleeper Class and the Unreserved Class. Not very long ago, the department came up with a scheme to facilitate travelers who have to urgently go to some place but havent booked or havent been able to book tickets because of unavailability of rail tickets. In this case, according to the scheme, the traveler can book tickets 2 days before the date of journey.
But one chooses to avail this option, there is an extra amount that is charged over the original ticket price. An extra Rs.15 is charged for Second Sitting Class and an extra Rs.150 is charged for AC chair and Sleeper. An extra Rs.300 is charged for Executive Class, AC 2 Tier and AC 3 Tier.If a person is going for a long distance journey people generally prefer a train to travel by. In the entire world, the country ranks fourth in terms of length of the railway network. The Government of India manages the whole network through the Ministry of Railways.
The entire length and breadth of the country is covered by these railway routes which makes travelling from one place to the other quite an easy affair. Trains of the Indian Railway handle the transport of more than 6 billion people throughout the year. Also, 350 tonnes of freight are handled by the IR each year. The Railways are a large commercial service in India and employs more than 1.6 million people. Also, there are different kinds of trains that the Indian Railway offers. These include super fast Rajdhani and Duronto trains, 5 star luxury trains and of course there are the regular passenger trains. Special passes are can be used by certain sectors of the society for example passes for senior citizens.