Cheat code to get ahead of the rush
In this age of information most travels are planned much ahead, but what if you need to travel really last minute? For such travel emergencies, the Tatkal Booking scheme is a blessing. Tatkal ticket booking scheme is meant for booking tickets 24 hours ahead of the journey. Each train allocates a fixed quota for this much popular scheme. But with thousands of travellers bidding to book tickets within the short span of 1 hour, the result often is the 503 Error message (which means too many people are trying to login to IRCTC site and the website is unable to handle the volume).
At RailYatri, we want to simplify your train travel woes, so here are some tips that will help you beat the rush during Tatkal hours. Read below for a quick guide to booking Tatkal ticket in a flash.
ID Proofs: One of the many norms of Tatkal booking scheme is to fill in the ID proof number. ID proofs can be PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, Driving Licence, Government issued ID, Bank Passbook and Credit card. Select one ID proof that you intend to carry during the travel. Have this document right beside your computer screen, or better still have it typed on a Notepad.
Station Codes: There is a huge rush at the IRCTC website during the Tatkal hours, so searching for station codes (to and from) once you have already logged into the website will minimize your ticket booking chances. Before the Tatkal window opens you should have to and from station codes copied in a notepad, so that you can just copy-paste the same..
Passenger/s Details: Once you have logged into the website, you need to be as fast as Ussain Bolt. So, type in the name and age, of everyone you seek reservation for, in a notepad and keep it saved. As soon as you log in, copy and paste this information in a rapid hurry.
Berth Preference: While booking tickets, the website will ask for berth preference. If you select the lower berth, then the chances of getting a ticket become very slim. If lower berth is not available, the website will take you two or three steps backwards. This is why; we would suggest you not to select any berth preference, so that the process is simple.
Debit or Credit Card: Once you have gone through the process of selecting train, class and seats you will have to purchase the tickets. To complete the transaction you will need the bank details. If you start searching for the Debit or Credit card once you are at the Payment Gateway, there are high chances of the transaction failing because the website will Expire your Session in the meanwhile. You might not get a second chance, if that happens. So, have the cards and mobile phone (for OTP) ready beside you.
So, are you ready to whizz past the labyrinth of Tatkal booking? If you have any other tips, please do share it with us.