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Jan 27, 2015

Why use cricular tickets for sight seeing In India by train

Whether you want to go for a pilgrimage or sight seeing, train is the best option. India is a country with diversified cultures, geography, and colors. Taking a flight directly from one place to another will not really allow you to experience the country fully.

Going out requires money to be spend. It also costs valuable time, and there are only few leave days that one gets from the office. Making arrangements for journey is not an easy task. To make things easy one is looking for a solution that not only saves time but also money.

train on a curve
train on a round track


Indian railway has come up with a concept of circular journey tickets in order to provide solution to above problems. There are explained in detail below.

What are Circular Journey Tickets?

If you wish to go on a pilgrimage or sightseeing trip to many destinations, Indian Railways provide the facility of booking Circular Journey Tickets. These tickets offer you unique travel flexibility, as they are issued for all journeys (other than regular routes) which begin and end at the same station. Circular Journey Tickets can be purchased for all classes of travel. A maximum of eight break of journeys will be admissible on these tickets. Endorsements for break journeys are not needed. Standard Circular Journey Tickets are also offered by Zonal Railways. These cover popular destinations for the convenience of tourists. The detail of route, fare etc., for these tickets can be obtained from nominated stations in each Zonal Railway. You can purchase these tickets if any one of the standard routes suit your convenience. Otherwise you can inform the Zonal Railways about your itinerary and Circular Journey Tickets can be drawn up to suit your requirements.

What are the advantages of booking a Circular Journey Ticket? 

Circular Journey Tickets give you the benefit of telescopic rates, which are considerably lower than regular point-to-point fare. These rates are calculated on Mail/Express Fares. With these tickets, you not only save time but also the inconvenience of booking tickets for each leg of the journey.

What is the booking procedure for Circular Journey Tickets?

Once your itinerary is finalized, you can approach the Divisional Commercial Managers of the Division or Station Managers of certain major stations to which the journey commencing station belongs. The Divisional Commercial Manager or the station authorities will then calculate the cost of the tickets based on your itinerary. He will also inform the Station Manager concerned of the same, in the prescribed format. You can purchase Circular Journey Tickets by presenting this form at the Booking Office of the station from where you propose to start your journey. After purchasing the Circular Journey Ticket, you must approach the Reservation Office to reserve your accommodation for various laps of your journey. You will then be issued reserved tickets for the journey.

As you can clearly see, that by booking the Indian Railway's circular tickets you not only plan your entire travel, whether it is sightseeing or pilgrimage, but also able to save time and money.

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