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Login to ICICI Bank For Railway Ticket Booking and Status Check

Most people login to www.irctc.co.in page for railway ticket booking. But now you don't have to be dependent on IRCTC for booking your railway tickets as you can now do booking and cancellation of railway tickets on ICICI bank's website.



This is a great service as we all know that sometimes booking train tickets online can be problematic. This is because during the peak festival season, the number of people looking to book railway tickets increases manifold resulting in non availability of railway booking site aka irctc.co.in. By the time one is able to do irctc login successfully, the seat availability in a train becomes nil. As a result many people are deprived of booking tickets successfully.

Apart from ticket booking, ICICI bank will also offer a service to check railway ticket status. One can check PNR status on railway enquiry site - indianrail.gov.in, but this is a nice alternate offered by ICICI, the largest private sector bank in India. Both IRCTC and ICICI bank have…

IRCTC Mobikwick - Book Railway Tickets Faster Than Ever

If you are planning to book railway tickets and time is precious for you and you want to ditch those long queues than you should look forward to do IRCTC login on the new 'IRCTC mobikwick' wallet that will book your tatkal and other general tickets in a blink of an eye.

Recently IRCTC has joined hands with Mobikwick who are new players in the field of providing online bill payment services and offers coupons and cashback too. It is a virtual wallet which lets you pay bills faster and smoother. This will be extremely useful for those railway users who use android phones for booking train tickets online.


Now you must be thinking that IRCTC has already improved its ticket booking process and has made it faster by launching a new faster version, which we call IRCTC next generation website or NGET IRCTC in short, than what is the need of this extra step. How much faster do they want to run their ticket booking website. Isn't it waste of money? What has happened to fast servers…

Where should loco pilots answer their natural calls?

The loco pilots or train engine drivers who keeps the rolling stocks of railway rolling are facing a major issue from very beginning of railway operations in India. The problem is that there is no toilets inside the railway engine. Hence they don't know where to answer the natural call when it comes.

Sometime lack of toilet in train creates funny situations too, but seriously this is problematc.



Railways in India is keen on improving facilities for its passengers and major improvements are seen these days across the board. We've seen better furnished coaches, clean platform, better security and emergency services for passengers. In last railway budget even bio-toilets were announced. But there is not much done to take care of loco drivers.

Due to lack of toilet facility in railway engines the loco drivers face a huge problem every day of their duty. Generally there is a 10 hour shift. During this time the drivers are forced to hold on tightly against the nature for long perio…

Is Selfie with Fast Moving Train a Good Idea?

Taking selfies is one of the most cherished hobbies of all, especially youths, these days. The activity  has gain even more popularity with invention of gadgets like selfie stick, a rod which make taking selfies really easy.

Clicking a photo of oneself with friends or a famous personality with a backdrop of a world famous monument is something everyone like doing with smartphone in the hand. It's all too easy.



Some people, however, like to be more adventurous and likes to take a standout selfie which usually involve a bit of risk. Some like to stand at tip of mountain cliff and take a photo while others like to make a free fall click snaps while diving.

Recently in Indore, a famous city in India, a young man tried to take one such risky selfie where he attempted to click a photo standing beside a railway line when a high speed train was coming from behind. He thought it will be a great snap, something that will get highest number of likes on Facebook and Google+, but unfortunatel…

Buy Room Heater Online at Low Price

With winters settling in the temperatures are dipping rapidly and demands for top quality room heaters at affordable prices is increasing by the day. We've come up with this room heater - orpat OCH 1400 2500 Watt electric radiator convector heater which is just the right room heater that you need to protect you and your family from cold.

There are many qualities of this room heater which worth only Rs.2755

It has non sagging long life heating element which can be adjusted at two different settings to heat the room. These settings work at 1250 watts and 2500 watts. It is safe with auto power cut on overheating and thermal cut off that provides additional safety to the user.

Of course there are more room heater blowers that are available from bajaj, usha and other companies apart from orpat. You can search them here


The device is portable so that it can be carried anywhere easily. For example, one can take it to train in winters and switch it in mobile charging points provided ins…

Indian Railways makes journey easy for physically disabled passengers

To make  it easy for physically disabled persons to travel, Ministry of Railways has come up with huge relief plan. Under this plan there will be two types of quotas for physically challenged persons from which seats will be allotted at the time of reservation. Seats will be made available to a physically challenge person and its escort from these two different quotas at the time of ticket booking.



New rule will also be advantageous for other passengers. General category passengers will be benefited as  if the seats reserved for handicapped quota remains vacant such seats will be made available for general booking. This will increase the seat availability in general quota.

New rule will come into action from Dec 22, 2015. Apart from seat quota physically handicapped person will also get lower berth/ seat always. His attendant will get the middle berth so that he can easily take care for his fellow passenger. In case the seats are not available under the above quotas, the railway rese…

Increase in train fare with revised refund rules on waiting list tickets

Travel by train is going to get costlier as Indian Railways has issued a circular notifying increase in train fare. From Sunday onward fares of first class and all AC class coaches with be raised up by 4.35 percent from current fare. Also 0.5 percent tax will be levied in support of  'Clean Indian Mission' or Swachh Bharat abhiyan.



Just to give you an idea about how much increase in price one may see, consider traveling by train between two important stations, say New Delhi and Mumbai. If you travel in First AC class by mail/ express types of trains between these two cities, you'll be required to pay Rs. 206 more than what you currently pay. Similarly on Delhi Chennai route a passenger will be paying Rs. 140 more than what he pays currently. Both 'swachh bharat cess' i.e. (tax for clean india mission) and service tax is included in it.

If you think that is too much of a burden, than there is one more bad news for you. A new railway rule is coming into action as pe…

Railway Ticket Transfer Scheme - Don't Cancel your Train Ticket

Indian Railways is starting ticket transfer scheme from Nov 12, 2015. Under this scheme if a passenger is unable to travel in a train for which he has purchased a ticket it is not required that he cancels his ticket. Instead, now he can travel in other train by making use of ticket transfer scheme of Indian Railways. This will not only save him money which is deducted when ticket cancellation is done but also will save time elapsed in booking new train ticket. You can see the current train ticket cancellation charges here.

How to transfer your train ticket? Continue to read below where we have explained how you can transfer your ticket without cancelling it and how railways ticket transfer works.

Suppose a person is having a ticket that is departing today. Under Indian Railways ticket transfer scheme if this person cannot travel today in the train he can transfer his ticket and travel in a train that is departing 48 hours after or before the departure time of the train for which tick…

Shop at Great Indian Diwali sale Online

Diwali is not that far away and Amazon India is offering variety of useful products in a special event: Great Indian Diwali Sale. There is everything like automatic washing machines, furniture, smartphones, home appliances, juicer mixers, microwave overs, grills, ovens, induction cooking, clothes, shoes, exercise equipment, computer and accessories, printers, sarees, dry fruits, gift sets, showcases, gift cards and just about anything which your minds can churn up. Oh, we forgot best to mention the best books, and a kindle device.



This is the best time to search for online shopping offers as there is a huge competition among the best online shopping sites out there. Each one of these online retailers also find this to be the best time to expand their customer counts. They know people will buy like crazy during this season. Diwali followed by New Year is just perfect, both for buyers and sellers.

Sellers also know that since they same product is being offered at various places they ha…

Buy American Tourister from online bag store in India

Many readers of this blog are tourists and travel bags are their prime necessity. If you also need a high quality travel bag, an affordable one, than you are at right place because here you will find just the right travel bag that you need. We've years of experience when it comes to suggesting right items for tourists and travelers.

And without wasting anytime, the best travel bag that will suffice all your needs is this one. It is popularly known as 'American Tourister' and popular around the world because of carrying comfort and space it offers. In India too you would have seen many people carrying their stuff  while travelling in trains and flights in this bag. It is available only on few online bag stores in India.






It is a top quality bag with all the features you are looking for in a travelling bag It is spacious, easy to carry, can fit in good amount of luggage, and more importantly it is durable. You will end up travel whole world and might become weary, but this w…

How to find perfect festival gift for everyone?

We all love to giveaway gifts and presents to our near and dear ones on festival. Sometimes it becomes difficult to decide which gift should one buy for a particular person. A gift for our parents would be different than for say a gift for best friend, or gift for sister or brother. Also we don't want to give same gifts to everyone. That doesn't leave a long lasting, a memorable impression. Also we would like to pick different gifts for different occasions. A diwali gift would be different than say a gift for birthday or marriage anniversary.

So what can we do to find perfect gift?



One thing we can do is to hop from one online shopping website to another one and hope that at the end of all the hopping we would be in a position to shortlist 10-12 items that we can wrap up and gift away.

But we have done all that before. And it generally doesn't work.

Now to solve our problem, Amazon India has come up with a unique feature. It's actually a tool called "Festival Gi…

A train which runs through 102 tunnels 900 hills

There is a train that runs between gorgeous valleys of Himachal Pradesh (HP) in India. The name of  the train is: "Shivalik Deluxe Toy Train". In its journey this train runs through incredible 102 tunnels and 900 mountain turns. Whole route is so beautiful that the itineration leaves tourist awestruck at times. This toy train actually looks like a kid's toy.

The track between kandaghat and kanoh is both fascinating and dangerous. This is because hills are so close to the track that you can literally touch them with your hands. But you need to be careful. Any carelessness may cause serious injury.

Among 102 tunnels on this train route, tunnel no's 10, 33, and 91 are the longest. The gap between train and wall of these tunnels is very narrow. If you are planning to travel on train roof you should abandon your plans without even giving it a thought. Because that will mean that it is last journey of your life.

Bagor station is the major tourist attraction. It is conside…

Changed train timetable of Indian Railways

Indian Railways has made several changes in timetable of many popular trains running between important stations in India. It is important for railway users that they know about the new changes that have been made to schedule of railway before they start their journeys towards the destinations. You can get train timetable here or at railway enquiry.


It is also for the second time in 2 successive years that railway has announced new schedule later than the scheduled date. It is a long followed practice that railway announces and publish trains at a glance (printed copy of railway timetable) at the beginning of month of July. But last year the new railway timetable was made public 1 month late and schedule came into effect in September and this year too it is done in October.

People will remember that this year no new train was announced in railway budget. Also there wasn't any train whose destination was extended. Railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu did promised that new trains woul…

Indian Railway Stations Blessed with Google's WiFi

Indian railway stations will soon be laced with WiFi by Google. Google will give WiFi service on at least 400 railway stations in India where Wi-Fi zones would be set up for customers to connect online. This news has come across from America after recent visit of PM Narendra Modi to silicon valley.



Now question on lips of every Indian citizen is: "Which would be those 400 lucky railway stations where WiFi zone would be set up?" Everyone wishes his city station is the one that makes the list of WiFi enabled stations.
Actually any station can be converted into WiFi zone. But there are 7172 railway stations in India and it is not easy to determine where to provide wireless connectivity. The logical mind says:"Set up WiFi where it is needed most." And that is what Google is going to do.
It is decided that by the end of next year 100 most busy railway stations in India will have WiFi service. After that 300 more stations will be identified where the service can be used…

Where to buy best mobile online in India

If you are ready to bring smartphone and want to buy it online at best price and want to know from where you can buy the best mobile online in India than you are at right place.

Without wasting much time we are going to straightway tell you the two most happening places or rather online shopping websites that will not only deliver your smartphone at home with guarantee but also will offer you great discount on prices.


The best online shops to buy mobile online in India are:

Amazon India ( get up to 40 percent off now on smartphones)Flipkart ( have a look at flipkart mobile offers) You don't need to waste any more time. Most people will keep on searching and searching. We've already done that bit for you. We have found out that other online shopping sites are good for buying other types of items online. But if you are looking for best mobile phones, and specially smartphones of best quality and price, than the above mentioned two options are the best.
The best part is that thes…

No railway ticket sold for 33 years at this station in India

There is a railway station in India at which no railway ticket has been sold for last 33 years. It is not that the trains don't run here or people travel without tickets. There are many trains that crosses this railway station, but still no one has bothered to purchase a ticket.

The story goes like this. In 1982, in Bokaro district of Jharkhand state in India, a railway station by the name 'Chas' was established in a village named 'kala Patthar'. In english language, the name would translate to 'black stone'. Now one expect that at least one passenger train would be scheduled to stop at such an old station. But strangely as per railway timetable no train has ever been assigned a stoppage at this station. Actually no passenger train runs on the route at which this station lies.



The railway station itself is interesting. There are 5 stations masters and total of 14 members in operating staff. Due to no revenue generation at this station, there is not even a …

Rubble derails Kalka Simla Toy Train

One of the most popular tourist trains of Indian Railway which is also popularly known as toy train or kalka simla heritage train got derailed today afternoon while running from Kalka to Shimla station. The train accident has claimed lives 3 tourists as per reports.

Among dead there are two British citizens who came to enjoy the joy ride in heritage train. Apart from dead people, more than one dozen travelers have also got injured badly.



Those who got minor injuries were taken to nearby hospital at Solan city. While those who got major injuries were admitted to PGI hospital at Chandigarh.

Toy trains is one of the major tourist attraction on Indian tourist circuit. In fact the tickets of the train are always in huge demands. The tickets can be booked in advance. To do so login to IRCTC tourism.

As per initial reports the accident and subsequent deaths were cause due to rubble on the track which had possibly fallen on track after landslide in mountains.

It is to be noted that the toy t…

New railways lower berth rule for ladies passenger

Railway has added a new rule in its book which relates to allotment of lower berth seats to ladies. As per new rule "two senior citizen women will be allotted lower berth seats together in a train." This rule is also applicable to women above 45 years of age and pregnant women.

Even now railway has been giving preference to senior citizens and pregnant women when it comes to allotment of much wanted lower level berth in coaches. The only problem was that there was no provision of allotment of lower berth seats to a pregnant women and senior citizen ladies together in a same coach. This causes a problem to to the pregnant lady as well as other passengers travelling by train. Some ladies use special trick to get confirmed ticket with lower berth in train from irctc due to this problem.


It is to be noted that preference to pregnant women  doesn't mean that seats would be allotted when train is already full. Enough seats should be available in train when railway reservation…

Why a train becomes bullock cart in Bihar

Do you know that as soon as a train enters the state of Bihar it gets transformed into a Bullock Cart? Why bulls feel that they can beat the trains in a race? And why passenger feels that a bullock cart will be a better and cheaper option to complete the journey?

Meanwhile if you are interested in bullock carts - this is a beautiful bullock cart showpiece.



This could be as a result of some special divine power. We don't know, but the speed gets dramatically decreased from 110 kph to 19 kph. Some bullock carts run faster than that speed, especially when bulls are hungry.

Most trains from Delhi reach Gorakhpur railway station on time, but after that when they will finally reach their destination is anybody's guess. It's not that there is no schedule for trains running in Bihar, but due to aforesaid unknown divine power all trains suddenly start disobeying the train timetable and as soon as they enter the northern Bihar border.
A fast train by the name 'Saptkranti expres…

Good News - Direct train between Lucknow and Rajasthan Soon

Soon the travelers interested in traveling from Lucknow to Rajasthan will get a direct train to Alwar from Lucknow. This is going to get possible due to railway's plan to extend the current trains running between Mathura and Lucknow-Patna up to Alwar stations.

As of now the people looking to travel to Alwar from Lucknow or from Lucknow to Alwar have to first reach either Jaipur or Delhi, the two most important railway stations in northern India, and then change trains to reach their destinations.


The DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) of North Central Railway (Agra) - Mr. Prabhash Kumar has said that more facilities will be provided for railway users passing through Alwar-Mathura railway stations in future. The electrification is already done on this railway route. As of now only one train is being chugged by the electric locomotive but soon all the trains will be pulled by the electric locos instead of the diesel engines which are pulling the trains at present. This will also incr…

Train Roof - Favorite place to sit for passengers in India

Believe it or not, the train roof has become a favorite place for passenger to sit and travel in India. At least, the recent pictures featuring devotees sitting at top of train while going to see and seek blessings of their guru on occasion of guru poornima, a full moon day festival, force us to believe it.

It was very common for people to sit at train's roof during rush hours during the days prior electrification of routes Indian Railways. And one had thought that with most routes getting electrified the practice would have ended by now. But it has not happened.
Despite railway authorities asking people not to sit on passenger trains roof; and despite many accidents, the trend seems to have getting back. On the routes that are yet to be electrified, and on which the trains are pulled by diesel and steam locomotives, the travelers are happy to climb up the roof of the train and travel. The problem is especially worse on the meter gauge routes, that are not yet got electrified in …

Two unknown railway helpline numbers

Recently, Indian Railway has started many toll free helpline numbers on which railway users can call and get their problems solved without paying any charges. Strangely enough large number of people aren't aware of all these useful numbers yet. As per survey conducted by us most people in India are only aware of railway enquiry number which is 139.

But 139 is not the only railway number you need to remember. There are many other numbers which people can use to quickly get help or to solve any problem related to railway operations in India.



For the benefit of our readers we are listing some of these numbers here:

138 - Use this railway number for registering complaints related to booking, cleanliness inside trains and at platforms, unavailability of electricity and water inside the running train, functioning of AC and fans in coaches.182 - Use this railway helpline number if you feel danger while train is moving. For example, if you feel insecure due to fight among unsocial element…

High Speed Train Running Information

It is likely that Indian Railway users would spot the trains of high speed running on railway tracks in next 2 years in India. Users are already aware that the trials for the run of India's first high speed train, scheduled to run between New Delhi and Agra, have been successfully completed; and all are now waiting for the regular fast train service.

Ministry of railways has started putting up plans in place for the smooth run of high speed trains. As per railway ministry the fast trains would only have 12 coaches/bogies. It is also decided that all these 12 coaches would be of LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) type. The relatively small number of coaches would mean that seat availability at times would be less, but it is necessary so that high speeds of over 160 kph can be maintained. In fact, railways has given directions to replace the current coaches in all train (mail/express/ superfast) with new LHB coaches so that the speeds of these train can also be increased.

What is LHB Coach?

IRCTC Fast Ticket Booking on New Servers

Recently IRCTC added 5 new servers that provide fast IRCTC login and to do booking of railway tickets in large numbers per minute. This means individuals who have IRCTC registration ID can login and do ticket booking in less time as the power of new servers working in parallel has boosted the performance of https://irctc.co.in, site for online railway reservation in India.
As per news in Indian Express titled: "IRCTC to install five more servers to strengthen its e-ticketing system,"the addition of 5 more servers will increase the capability of IRCTC to handle number of concurrent users from 180,000 at present to 300,000.


These servers are of type HP Itanium and will streamline the upgraded passenger reservation system (PRS) popularly known as Next Generation E-Ticketing System (NGET). Earlier there were only 5 servers, with 5 more servers, the total number of server goes up to 10. This means all the requests for ticket booking will now be handled by 10 servers in total. Ba…

Get Free Alert on Train Cancellation by Indian Railways

There is a good news. Now Indian Railways will send free alerts on mobile numbers of passengers in case their train gets cancelled.

The "cancelled train alert" service is being started as a pilot project by railway and initially it will be available to only those passengers who would commence their journey from the source station of the train. Later on the service would also  be made available to all the passengers who may have booked their tickets from any intermediate station on the train route, and not just from the source station of the train.

As per news agency, railway official has said that they have planned to provide SMS alerts to railway passengers on their mobile phones in case railway has to cancel train running due to some unforeseen development. As of now, in order to know if train is cancelled, one has to regularly keep watch on National Train Enquiry or NTES which also provide free service to get train running status and facility to spot the train location f…

Tatkal Booking Timings for AC and Non AC Classes

Booking of railway tickets in tatkal starts one day prior to date of journey. Timings for different reservation classes are as follows:


Air Conditioned Coaches: Booking Starts at 10 AM.Non Air Conditioned  Coaches: Reservation starts at 11 AM.

Note down above mentioned tatkal booking timings for booking your railway tickets fast.


What is Tatkal? 'Tatkal' means 'this very moment,' andIndian Railways Tatkal scheme is for those people who are looking for immediate reservation. Tatkal tickets are booked by those people who, for some reason, were unable to do booking earlier, and seats under regular quota are already occupied.

Under Tatkal Scheme, the ticket booking starts one day prior to the journey day from train originating station. This scheme is used by people to get a confirmed ticket; albeit by paying higher reservation charges than normal. Rates of Tatkal tickets is much higher than when you do reservation in other quota's. Only condition is you will need to do …

Airbus Ticket Booking India

There have been air bus size airplanes in India and booking is being done from long time now, but nothing seem to have created as much craze as this new airbus in India. The tickets are always available, even now flight tickets are available, in this airbus. Everyone wishes that the first flight they take must be in this aeroplane.



The best thing about this air flying machine is that it can fly with flashing lights and sounds. The sound of this airplane in flight is different from any other airplane. The lights are extraordinary too. Kids specially love it.
The 224 gram Green Dee Boeing 747-300 runs on smooth surfaces and can change direction quite efficiently. The light weight means that this airplane is easy to carry. While it can be a perfect gift for your kid, it looks beautiful too when placed upon a shelf in your drawing room. The guests are have their eyes widening when they see this airbus.
It is made up of ABS plastic and requires 3 AA batteries to operate. These are not inc…