10 Atrocious Tricks of IRCTC – Indian Railways Online Ticket Booking Website

IRCTC is unarguably the 2nd largest online travel ticketing platform in the World. Currently serving more than 600000 tickets a day, IRCTC is the subsidiary company of Indian Railways, the 4th Largest railway network in the World. We all have certainly benefitted by IRCTC and are certainly proud of this indigenous platform for its tireless service to the nation.

Serving half a million passengers every day is not an easy task by any means. That means, catering tens of millions of online bookings each day for various other freight, tourism, catering, flight tickets. Anyone can understand the painstaking efforts behind this behemoth booking engine.

However, the policy makers behind this system continue to invent multiple condition and validations to facilitate travel booking. This is beneficial for many and often turns out to be a worst experience. The following are some of the problems with IRCTC people face when they try to book a ticket.

  1. IRCTC’s Ultra-Shrewd Ticket Booking Logic Limitations

We understand that IRCTC caters to a billion people hence competition among people is fierce. Online traffic may spike to the levels that it might just burn down the servers. It doesn’t mean that while trying to be fair, one can simply be unfair to million others.

  • One account can book 6 tickets a month. If you integrate Aadhaar, you can book 12 tickets. With so many mistakes, is this possible to achieve?
  • One can book only 2 Tatkal Tickets from 10 AM to 12 PM. That too if the starting point and destinations need to be different.
  • Maximum 6 persons per Ticket booking. What will happen to people with more family members?
  • Just 25 seconds per session to book a train ticket. Input time for filling a Captcha is 5 Seconds. IRCTC, please understand we are still a long way to become a Cyborg!
  • Multiple logins in a Same IP Address
  • And many more…
  1. IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme

Perhaps IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Booking scheme is the most frequent economic attack on the middle-class citizens of our Nation. IRCTC charges 100% to 150% extra of a normal ticket cost for the same train, same coach and seat category. What is the only difference? People who are willing to spend extra money on desperation can only afford this scheme.

  1. IRCTC’s schemes for Senior Citizens, Women, differently abled

We all have come across Senior Citizens get allotted the Upper berths, Side upper berths or middle births. What kind of a system that will leave elderly people at the mercy of other passengers all the time?

It will be great to interview anyone who successfully booked IRCTC tickets using “Women Category”. The differently abled people can accompany one additional person with a concession. But in this blind horse race, how do they get their tickets booked?

  1. IRCTC Ticket Cancellation

Needless to mention that IRCTC is swift enough to intimate and refund passengers on failure transactions. But imagine a close to a million e-booking transactions get cancelled each day with an average ticket value ranging from INR 500 to INR 1000. There are several hundred million rupees that are exchanged, rotated, re-conciliated and accounted in the next few days. Passengers are penalized with 15% to 100% of the cost price of their tickets based on the cancellation rules and time. The time value of money in this scale is unimaginably huge. Who gains here actually?

  1. Unreliable Seat Availability in Counters and Online

First of all, IRCTC sells countless tickets for unreserved or general category coaches. With no other affordable means to travel, people flock into train coaches like uncivilized herds. For the coaches with reservation facility, how often we have come across the situation that before booking the system will just a hundred available tickets and before that session gets ended our tickets will be in the 200+ waiting list.

  1. IRCTC Transaction Failure Errors

This is a nightmare for many. After a painstaking effort to get into the system, filling multiple fields, selecting specific category values, getting past Captcha validation, answering Yes or No questions, submitting values to secret questions, mobbing ahead of OTP generation delays, Payment gateway delays the session might simply show a Transaction Failure Error.

  1. IRCTC Ticket Booking Agents or Passengers your ultimate customers?

What we hear from people is that the Agent Login aspect of IRCTC Ticket Booking Platform is simply amazing and agents can simply book several tickets in bulk and make huge money using the demand. Like everything else in this nation, the citizens are taken for granted.

  1. IRCTC’s Irritating Intelligence

Acting very smart in front of humble people with its intelligence is simply irritating. We mean the system’s intelligence in pre-emptively analyzing the users’ data such as

  • Login Time
  • IP Tracking
  • Aadhaar Verification
  • Count of Ticket Booking
  • Browser version update
  • User Navigation
  • IRCTC Ticket booking using Automated Scripts
  • Multiple logins on same, different browsers
  • And many more…

Will IRCTC ever imagine a situation to alert a humble passenger and checking if he/she likes to book ticket to return to native like last year same date he traveled? But they can think of 100 more new conditions to make sure that a common man’s hope of affordable travel gets spoilt.

  1. IRCTC Train Ticket Insurance Scheme

As if they had cared about the passengers with ease of use in booking tickets, clean seats, fans in running condition, hygienic toilets, healthy catering food, the platform made it a mandatory question to answer whether we need an travel insurance for an overnight journey. Straightaway 10% of the ticket cost often goes to the Insurance Scheme which we can’t avoid and risk the chance of getting a confirmed ticket. Who knows?

  1. IRCTC Insiders Back-end EQ Clearance Scheme

Beyond all these traumatizing limitations if a passenger blindly hopes that his waiting ticket will get confirmed, it is only his or her ignorance. People who are linked to IRCTC or Indian Railway Staff can just book tickets online in any waiting list on any given date and get their ticket to confirmed status with insiders help. They all exploit a quota called Emergency Quota. What more we like to explore further about this whole dirty circus?

This may sound entirely negative. But, so does the experience every time people get when trying to book a regular train ticket. The above list may be an endless one during IRCTC Diwali /Dussehra / Durga Pooja / Pongal / Ticket Booking Season. Let’s not give up. Let’s just continue to hope that someday this IRCTC Online Ticket Booking experience will be a bliss.


Top 10 Most Expensive Hotels in India and their Room Rates

For a country with myriad landscape and diversity as India, an avid traveler has a lot to explore.  From the towering heights to the calmness of the shores, India has a diverse plethora of offerings for someone willing to go the extra mile.

The once in a lifetime experience becomes a memorable treat in the offering when lodging is equally enchanting as the travel experience. India has a range of hotels to offer an avid traveler, the comfort of luxury which is truly remarkable.

  1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Image result for Rambagh Palace, JaipurThe former residence of Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is now a 5 star hotel located on the outskirts of Jaipur in Rajasthan. It was ideally a hunting lodge in the days of the Raj since the area was located amidst a thick forest at that point. This can be considered among the most expensive hotels in India as Sukh Niwas and Suryavanshi Suites in Rambagh Palace will cost Rs 7, 50,000 per night.


  1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Image result for taj lake palaceThis is the former residence of royals of Mewar dynasty who used to rule over the region. This hotel is unique in the sense that it is located amidst Lake Pichola. A stay at the Presidential suite in the hotel will cost Rs 6, 00,000 per night.



  1. The Leela Palace, New Delhi

Image result for leela palace delhiA perfect amalgam of exquisite mix of ethos of Lutyen’s architecture and the Indian royal ethics, the Leela Palace is in New Delhi is worth a visit, if you happen to be in the city. This is also ranked among the most expensive hotels as a night’s stay in the Maharaja Suite will cost the traveler Rs 4, 50,000/- per night.


  1. The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Image result for the oberoi gurgaonThe Oberoi in Gurgaon is also admired by the travelers since it is located in close proximity to the national capital of New Delhi. A stay in the Presidential suite of the hotel is likely to cost Rs 3.00, 000/- for a night’s stay making it rank among the most expensive hotels in India.



  1. The Oberoi, Mumbai

Image result for the oberoi mumbaiThe Oberoi group has spread its reach across the length and breadth of the country making the chain of hotels a place to relax and recoup with family and friends. Another of their most popular and ranked among the most expensive hotels in the country is in Mumbai. The Oberoi, Mumbai is known for its exquisite location and plush interiors. Located off the Marine Drive in Mumbai, the hotel offers exclusive views of the seafront.

The most expensive suite in this hotel costs Rs 3, 00,000/- for a night’s stay.

  1. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Image result for the oberoi udaivilasUdaipur in Rajasthan is known for its enchanting architecture as also for its cultural richness. The splendid havelis and the architecturally designed temples are only one of the aspect of the city, you can explore. Among the most exclusive places to stay in the city is the Oberoi Udaivilas which has exclusive rooms with private pools. A stay in the hotel is likely to cost you Rs 2, 50,000 per night.


  1. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Image result for The Oberoi AmarvilasLocated in the city of Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas can be your perfect retreat for the fact that it is located in close vicinity of the Taj Mahal. You can also view the Taj from the comfort of your room in the hotel, if you so desire.

A stay in the Kohinoor suite of The Oberoi Amarvilas will cost you Rs 2,50,000 for a night making it rank among the most expensive hotels in India.

  1. Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Image result for taj lands endWith an exclusive view of Bandra-Worli sea link in the offering, Taj Lands End could be your perfect retreat when in Mumbai. A stay in the Presidential suite of the hotel is likely to cost Rs 2, 50,000 per night making it rank among expensive hotels in the country.



  1. Taj Flaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Image result for Taj Falaknuma PalaceTaj Flaknuma Palace which is now a five star hotel used to be the residence of Nizam of Hyderabad at one point in time. This fact lends the hotel an exclusive touch which is hard to comprehend.

The palace has now been taken over by the Taj Group and converted into a hotel. A stay at the Grand Royal Suite in the hotel is likely to cost Rs 1, 95,000 for a night’s stay.

  1. Taj Mahal Place and Tower, Mumbai

Image result for taj mahal palace mumbaiAn iconic landmark in the city of Mumabi, the Taj Mahal Palace is a place which most of the Indians have seen either in person or in pictures. It has rooms which offer exclusive view of Gateway of India.

A room in this iconic hotel will cost Rs 1, 75,000 for a night’s stay.


Explore the cultural diversity of the country and enjoy the hospitality of the hotels listed above. India has a lot to offer to an avid traveler!


Top 10 Local Shopping Destinations across States of India

  1. Commercial Street, Bangalore

Related imageCommercial Street is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka, India. Commercial Street is located in Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore. Commercial Street Bangalore is one of the oldest and busiest shopping areas in the city. Commercial Street Bangalore is a very busy shopping destination that is famous for its trade in branded garments, clothes, footwear, Jewelry, imitation Jewelry and food joints. Commercial Street gets very congested on weekends and weekday evenings. Enjoy kulfi’s, American corn, lemon sodas and guava fruits occasionally when you get tired of shopping.

  1. Arpora Saturday Night, Goa

Image result for arpora night marketThis sprawling “The Saturday Night Market” is located in Arpora and transpires every Saturday evening from 6pm until late night. Here, one may find everything from archetypical Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers who convene from all over the word to sell their unique creations. Don’t miss the DJ Music and The Boutique House Bar” that serves delightful cocktails.

  1. Fashion street, Pune

Image result for fashion street puneFashion Street is one of the popular markets of Pune. It comprises 450 stalls and serves an abundance of shopping needs. Those interested in buying stylish fashion goods and clothing accessories can check out the stores here. This place offers so much at such reasonable prices. But while shopping one must be careful about pricing. To get best shopping deals one must bargain really well. From the latest trends to traditional dresses, this marketplace has it all. If you happen to visit Pune, don’t miss this favorite shopping destination.

  1. Pondy Bazaar, Chennai

Image result for pondy bazaarPondy Bazaar -reputed to be the biggest shopping destinations in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India by revenue. Pondy Bazaar has a wide variety of clothing, accessories, footwear, jewellery, electronics and food joints stores in all price ranges within a two or 3 km radius. Located in T.Nagar, Chennai, this shopping destination is well covered with trees and a natural shade. Pondy Bazaar has a blend of Branded Garments and local shop walas. From Pondy Bazaar, T.Nagar is very well connected to other happening shopping locations.

  1. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

Image result for colaba marketOne of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being the shopping paradise and having endless shops to choose from. From clothing, ornaments, imitation jewelry, fashion clothing, ear rings, bangles, necklaces, rings variety of shoes. Especially Women will find this shopping destination and appreciate the collection for various preferences. One can find shops, negotiate and get very valuable shopping deals. This is a must visit shopping destination of Mumbai.

  1. Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur

Image result for bapu market jaipurBapu Bazaar is the top shopping destination in Jaipur, Rajasthan for all the Jaipuri items as you could almost buy anything for a reasonable price. This bazaar stands out for the moderate prices of items like textiles and Joothis. Visit this place to buy stunning souvenirs to capture the ethnic charm of Rajasthan. You will find a lot of shopoholics in this area who visit regularly. Kulfi Faluda is a famous retreat and a local favorite in this shopping bazaar.

  1. Sarojini Market, Delhi

Image result for sarojini nagar marketIt’s one of Delhi’s biggest and most important flea market and a destination for every girl who’s out on a hunt for trendy clothes at killer prices. From stylish clothes to designer bags to fashionable jewellery, export surplus garments, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints in catering to shoppers at throwaway prices. The Sarojini Market is also called as Bargain Bazaar.


  1. Tibet Walk, Ooty

Image result for tibetan market ootyTibet walk is a must visit shopping destination in Ooty. Tibetan Market Ooty is famous for coffee, tea, homemade chocolates, eucalyptus and other aromatic oils, spices, toda jewellery and clothing etc. The market has rows of stalls hung with vibrant clothing, ethereal materials, and rich shawls. These kind of shopping goods you won’t find in urban branded shopping market destinations. The chilling weather of ooty will make this shopping destination to purchase warm clothing.

  1. Charminar Shopping, Hyderabad

Image result for charminar hyderabad marketThe area is famous for Laad Bazar which is very famous for the Bangles, also called “Chudiyaan”. This happens to be one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad and is famous for the artificial jewellery sold here. Apart from this, silverware, antique items, silk sarees, khara dupattas are other popular shopping goods one can consider buying here.


  1. New Market, Kolkata

Image result for new market kolkataThe place can be best described as a maze of about 2000 shops selling everything that one can never imagine. From apparels, footwear’s, fashion jewelry, electronic gadgets, toys, kid’s sections, products of daily use, crockeries, groceries, flower shops, décor items etc. You can munch the most delicious Kolkata Sweets and evening snacks while shopping here.


Top 10 Things and Experiences about Traveling in Indian Railway Trains

Indian Railways is the largest of it’s kind in the World. Everyday, Millions of passengers board on the trains and travel to corners of India in the most affordable manner. Without Indian Railways, Indian transportation system will not be able accommodate the mass commuting.

There are many experiences one get while traveling with Indian Trains. Here are my top ten.

  1. Seating Adjustments

The first experience when passengers board on trains of Indian Railways is the friendly adjustment of seats among families, strangers.

  • Many people still wonder that why the automatic seat allotment always give upper and middle berths to senior citizens
  • Youths always give away comfortable seatings to the elderly and women passengers
  • At times, seating adjustment happens not only within one seating unit, but also across the compartments
  • The Ticket Inspectors happily take notes on the changed seats and accommodate these requests
  1. Ticket Checking Ritual

Few minutes after the train’s departure from its origin, the ticket inspector (often called TTE – Train Ticket Examiner) starts his ticket checking ritual. A very important task of him to verify tickets carried by the passengers, to catch people who travel without tickets, to penalize people who misuse the train etc.

  • While checking passengers’ tickets, the inspector also takes care of the seating allotment of people who booked via tatkal or got seats alloted lately.
  • The other tasks conducted by the TTE during the journey are profound. They need to address complaints, report on the drunkards, ticketless, regularize merchants, chase out beggars etc.
  1. Luggages, Fans, Lights

Once boarded and got their tickets verified, people slowly get into their comfort zone by utilizing the electrical fans, lights, charging stations to their fullest advantage. Passengers secure places under seats and side corners to arrange the luggages. When the fans don’t rotate, Indian Passengers have a clever method to start it using their pens or combs. One must really travel in Indian trains frequently to get these multi-flavored experiences.

  1. Beggars

One of the aspects during the train journeys, that makes both Indian passengers and foreigners embarrassed is the beggars. You will get to witness an array of beggars who seek money from every passenger along their way. Some are really beggars who can’t manage life on their own like left alone elders, blind people, people with severe disabilities and deformities. But their proportion are in lesser number. Majority of the other category beggars simply need a easy way with life.

  1. Business

Indian Trains are filled with business people. Merchants sell everything one can buy during their train journey. From magazines to music instruments, from fruits to meals, clothes to toys, the list can go on. And yes, they wouldn’t continue selling on trains, if their business is not very profitable. For a wide category of passengers, these merchants sell a variety of goods with a conversational shopping experiences. People do love buying many things as they would need many products contextually.

  1. Toilets and Hygiene

Though this is not a prideful aspect of Indian Railways to discuss in public, we sure need to understand the magnitude of passengers use these public trains. Well, many are not educated on how to use these toilets properly. Many don’t follow. We can’t blame any particular administration or the whole lot of people. The Government is doing all it can to provide detailed localized instructions, adequate staff members to clean the toilets. Surely it can do a much better job. More awareness campaigns and advertisements need to be aired to make people understand the importance of cleanliness and the overall image of India we project to foreigners.

  1. Thievery

From entering into the railway station in the place of origin to getting out of the station in the place of destination, passengers on the train are continuously being attempted by petty thieves. While charging our mobile phones or talking across the window, securing the luggages, sleeping with open windows on the platforms or during train crossings, one must be very careful of robbery attempts. The Railway Police are doing a fantastic job these days. Every compartment in the express trains has armed policemen protecting passengers 24/7. Still, every corner of the world can’t be patrolled.

  1. Eateries

This is a favorite topic. Indian railways on long-distance trains have arranged for catering services. This unit prepares food on the train itself and serves to passengers. Few exclusive trains of elite routes and at higher classes prepare truly hygienic food and caters. But the catering contractors on most of the general long-distance express trains serve very low quality food. This forces people to buy foods from mobile food merchants on the train and who have stalls on the stations. This is another area, Indian Railway could regularize a lot.

  1. Train Crossing Time

Train Crossing Time (TST) is not an official time zone like like Indian Standard Time (IST). It just refers to the waiting time, passengers go through when two trains cross over on few railway stations where they are just one or two railway lanes. The department prioritizes the long-distance trains and local passenger trains need to wait for the crossing. Sometimes, this happens on the other way around, when the long distance trains come late by hours.

  1. Train Friendships

Indians are in general good with conversations, especially with total strangers. From a simple smile to hello, passengers get to the in-depth understanding of co-passengers sometimes. Many people have gained life long friends, meet their love of life, strike business contracts during the journey in Indian trains. Elders give free advice. Youths have their fun.

Regardless of any negative or shortcoming aspects one might experience during their train journey, people always take the bright side. You will witness unity in diversity while traveling on Indian trains. I am sure, you would have gone through good and bad times. Please share your experience in the comments section below.

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