Indian Railways is one of the largest travel networks in the world. Managing such a huge system can be really tricky. It is quite usual for the trains to throw up some random surprise now and then. Therefore, it is important to understand how the system works effectively.
Now-a-days you will get information about trains online in different websites. Be it Delhi to Patna trains or Kolkata to Mumbai, you will have it all. In this blog, we are going to focus on some of the essential tips that you should follow when you plan on booking a ticket in Indian Railways.
• Booking services are available online in several websites; hence, you can make reservations accordingly. Though these websites offer booking services, they close down for maintenance every day around 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., as per Indian time. As a lot of people rely on these websites for booking tickets, it is possible that the site might get overloaded and stop responding all of a sudden. It is important that you do not get agitated or annoyed. The key to booking a ticket is staying persistent and patient at the same time. You can try refreshing the screen again to try again. In the end, it usually works out.
• When you are searching for trains between two destinations, you are bestowed with several options. If no option shows up, this indicates that there may not be a direct route available. The system does not have the ability to calculate your journey when you have to change trains. In such situations, you have to research about the stations that fall in between your destination to change trains or take a different means of transport.
• Most of the places in India have two different names. One is from the colonial times and the other is an “Indianised” version. If you are not able to find a particular destination, you could try out a different spelling. For example, Bangalore can also be spelled as Bengaluru, same as Trivandrum can be referred as Thiruvananthapuram.
• This point is extremely important when you are booking travel tickets in Indian Railways. At times, the name used to refer a railway station may not be the same as that of the city. For example, the main stations of Kolkata aren’t named Kolkata; instead they are called Sealdeah and Howrah. This can be quite confusing, but it is important to remember that names could be different. Therefore, you should know the name of the station before making your travel reservations. It is also necessary to remember that the major cities in India constitute more than one railway station. For example, when you search for stations in Mumbai, you will come up with several stations like Thane, Navi Mumbai, or LakmanyaTilak. These stations can be located really far away from each other. Hence, consider the location of your stay as well when you are planning to book your tickets.
Don’t ignore any of these tips when you book your travel ticket, especially beginners.