Though set up for the catering services in the trains, IRCTC is better known for changing the way an Indian traveler gets his railway reservation done. Infact, this body pioneered Internet-based rail ticket booking through its website, as well as from mobile phones via GPRS or SMS.
Thanks to IRCTC, today a traveler can also take care of his ticket cancellations or modifications online. In addition to E-tickets, IRCTC also offers I-tickets which are the regular tickets except that they are booked online and delivered by post. Apart from all this, the official website of Indian Railways provides a traveler with information such as PNR status, special package deals, train timetables and much more.
IRCTC is also responsible organizing budget and deluxe package tours for domestic and foreign tourists. A popular tourism package for budget tourists covering important tourist destination across India is Bharat Darshan. Luxury tourism packages are also available that involve special luxury trains such as: the Palace on Wheels, Royal Orient Express and Deccan Odyssey to name a few.
Comprehensive and quality work done by this body has ensured that it becomes one of the largest and the fastest growing e-commerce website in the Asia-Pacific region, with about six Lakh registered users till 2003.
Important : Make internet bookings of rail tickets on www.irctc.co.in