Indian Railway Catering and Tourism CorporationFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Type Subsidiary of the Indian Railways Industry Railways Headquarters New Delhi, India Area served India Services Catering, Tourism and Online Ticketing Parent Indian Railways Website IRCTC websiteIndian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways thathandles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the railways.
Contents [hide]1 Services o 1.1 Catering o 1.2 Online ticketing o 1.3 Tourism2 Awards and achievements3 References4 External linksedit]Services[CateringIRCTC1 is in charge of catering services on trains and railway stations across India. Depending on the distancecovered by the train and average passenger load factor, the railways either equips trains with their own pantrycars or provides meals at select stations en route.Online ticketingIRCTC is better known for changing the face of railway ticketing in India. It pioneered Internet-based rail ticketbooking through its website, as well as from mobile phones via GPRS or SMS. Ticket cancellations ormodifications can also be done online. In addition to E-tickets, IRCTC also offers I-tickets that are basically likeregular tickets except that they are booked online and delivered by post. The Tickets PNR Status is also madeavailable here recently.Commuters on Mumbais suburban railway can also book season tickets through the IRCTC website.IRCTC has also recently launched a loyalty program called "Shubh Yatra" for frequent travellers. Through thisprogram, passengers can avail of discounts on all tickets booked round the year by paying an upfront annualfee.TourismIRCTC also organizes budget and deluxe package tours for domestic and foreign tourists. A popular tourismpackage for budget tourists covering important tourist destination across India is Bharat Darshan. Luxurytourism packages are also available, that involve special luxury trains such as: Palace on Wheels
Royal Orient Express Golden Chariot Deccan Odyssey Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Buddhist Circuit Trainand IRCTC is a partner in the Maharajas’ Express operation.One may log on to railtourismindia.com. and book Rail Tour Package, Holiday Package, Hotels, Cabs, TouristTrains online.Apart from conventional tourism, IRCTC also offers adventure tourism packages that include water sports,adventure and wildlife treks, etc. A provision for customising tours as per specific requirements is also anadded attraction.edit]Awards and achievements[Within a short span of its going online, the IRCTC website had become the largest and the fastest growing e-commerce website in the Asia-Pacific region, with about six lakh registered users in 2003.Some of the other awards won by IRCTC are: Awarded the National Tourism Award of Excellence by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. Awarded the National Award for E-Governance, 2007-08 jointly by Department of IT, Govt. of India and Govt. of Haryana. Awarded the Genius of the Web Award 2007 for being the "Best E- Governance PSU Site" by CNBC. IRCTC Tourism Unit of West Zone declared winner for the category Best Value Leisure Product in Travel and Tourism Fair of India (TTF & OTM 2008) held inMumbai from 9 to 11 February 2008. Won National award for E-Governance for being "Best Citizen Centric Application" for the year 2007-08.
IRCTC Tourism Unit declared winner for the category Most Innovative Product in Travel and Tourism Fair of India (TTF & OTM 2007) held in Mumbai from 10 to 12 February 2007. Won CSI-Nihilent E-Governance award for "Best E-Governance Project" in 2007. Won the ICICI Bank Retail Excellence Award in 2005. Won Path Breaker Award from Dataquest in 2003 and 2004. Awarded the Mini Ratna Category-1 by Ministry of Railways, Govt. of Indiaedit]References[ 1. ^ Shubh Yatra loyalty program 2. ^ Bharat Darshan 3. ^ Gupta, Jayanta (2010-03-19). "Rs 1 lakh a night on Maharajas’ Express". Times of India. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 4. ^  5. ^ "At your doorstep". The Hindu.edit]External links[ IRCTC website Official Indian Rail Tourism website This Indian Railways-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Categories: Rail transport in India | Railway companies of India | Catering and food service companies of India | India rail stubs Log in / create accountArticleDiscussionReadEdit