Tatkal ticket booking...

#1 Dec 7th, 2011, 15:11
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Hello people

Sorry if this has been asked before, I've been searching for clarification on the forums but couldn't find it so here goes...

-When do Tatkal tickets go on sale?

I know its from 8am but some people say its 5 days before, some 2 and some even the day prior to departure...?

-Can you buy a tatkal ticket for any journey from any station?

ie. would I be able to purchase from a station in Mumbai, a tatkal ticket for a train from Varanasi to Kolkata?

-Lastly, some sources say you need to bring photocopies of passengers id - is this correct?


Many thanks for any help!
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1. One day before date of departure from the trains Originating station. And they are now non-refundable. Opens at 8AM IST.

2. You can but Tatkal from any reservation counter anywhere in India for journey on any train.

3. Yes, a photocopy of any Photo ID is required. If a Non Indian, Passport copy should do.
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with effect from 21st Nov 2011, passengers can book train tickets under tatkal quota one day before the date of journey. You can book tatkal tickets either online or in any train station in India for any train which has tatkal quota
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If you try booking online, also buy a lottery ticket, it's a close race as to what will come in first.

Get to the reservation office early, maybe before 7, you need to be first or 2nd at the counter to be sure of getting confirmed Tatkal tickets, don't take a waitlisted Tatkal ticket, make sure the reservation form is filled in correctly with a big TATKAL written on the top.

Look in the train info thread below, you'll find a link called 'Understanding Reservation Forms', it's worth a read, an incorrectly filled in reservation form can take an extra minute or 2 to explain, by that time, Tatkal tickets may have sold out.

If I wanted Tatkal tickets for Mumbai to Goa for Xmas or New Year, I would do a practice run the day before to see how it all works, to see where you need to go when the doors open, to find the correct counter, then on the day, I'd have a chai and a newspaper in my hand as I started the que at 06:00.

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thanks so much for the advice everyone!

I'll probably still be jet lagged when I need to buy the tickets and waking up at a ridiculously early hour, so hopefully I'll have a good chance!

I'll be attempting to purchase in Mumbai - does anyone know as to which station would be best or any other tips?

BTW the tickets I need to get are for 12843 Jalgaon>Ahmedabad 21.35 on Christmas Eve.
5 x 2A + 28 x 3A + 110 x sleeper tatkal tickets available in total... of which I will take any class!
Any idea if this would be an exceptionally difficult train to acquire tatkal tickets for??
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Oh steven, your 'Understanding Reservation Forms' post was most helpful, thank you!

Just wondering, is the same form used for all bookings? Tatkal and Foreign Tourist Quota as well? If so, do you need to make a note or fill in anything differently for Tatkal and FT quota tickets?
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Get to the reservation office early, maybe before 7, you need to be first or 2nd at the counter to be sure of getting confirmed Tatkal tickets,
##Some are queueing up right from 5.00 a.m. onwards!!!!

##However, after the authorities started insisting ID Proof at the time of booking [either at the PRS Counter or 'Online']; the "No Refunds" Clause AND the "No duplicate tickets" Clause (**with few exceptions), have slightly decongested the Tatkal Rush.
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Originally Posted by vsp27759 View Post ##Some are queueing up right from 5.00 a.m. onwards!!!!

##However, after the authorities started insisting ID Proof at the time of booking [either at the PRS Counter or 'Online']; the "No Refunds" Clause AND the "No duplicate tickets" Clause (**with few exceptions), have slightly decongested the Tatkal Rush.
What is the "no duplicate tickets" clause?

I will most likely be purchasing tickets for both my boyfriend and I.. will it be ok that he's not there with me? I will be taking a copy of his passport.

Oh and just one more question!

Which stations in Mumbai issue foreign tourist quota tickets??
Would it be possible to book the Tatkal and foreign tourist quota tickets at the same counter?

Oh that was two questions.. sorry!
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Originally Posted by namin View Post What is the "no duplicate tickets" clause?

It just means that if you lose the ticket you cannot get a duplicate. So don't lose it.


I will most likely be purchasing tickets for both my boyfriend and I.. will it be ok that he's not there with me? I will be taking a copy of his passport.

Make the lazy beggar get up in the morning and you have a lie in. Seriously you should be fine if you take both passports.

Oh and just one more question!

Which stations in Mumbai issue foreign tourist quota tickets??

Mumbai Central and CST

Would it be possible to book the Tatkal and foreign tourist quota tickets at the same counter?

Don't know on that one. I've never booked Tatkal. My guess is no but hopefully somebody will know better.

Oh that was two questions.. sorry!
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Originally Posted by namin View Post Would it be possible to book the Tatkal and foreign tourist quota tickets at the same counter?
The foreign tourist counter is separate from the rest of the counters, and being Indian never had to/could use it, so have no first hand info. However, the FT counter is supposed to make all bookings for Foreigners, Tatkal included IF tatkal is available.

Someone with more experience with FT counter may correct me if this is wrong.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post The foreign tourist counter is separate from the rest of the counters, and being Indian never had to/could use it, so have no first hand info. However, the FT counter is supposed to make all bookings for Foreigners, Tatkal included IF tatkal is available.

Someone with more experience with FT counter may correct me if this is wrong.
Tatkal and FT are seperate!! FT Counter shall/would not issue tickets against quotas other than FT!!
Indians too are eligible to avail the service of the FT Counter provided they are NRI's!!
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Originally Posted by namin View Post What is the "no duplicate tickets" clause?
If you loose a counter ticket, then you would not be eligible to get a copy for the same, except in circumstances where the Chief Reservation Officer having the discretionary powers, might oblige you.

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Originally Posted by namin View Post I will most likely be purchasing tickets for both my boyfriend and I.. will it be ok that he's not there with me? I will be taking a copy of his passport.
How do you intend to use somebody else's identity proof for your own benefit? If you get a counter ticket, you can punch in both of your self attested (photocopy of) identity proof. If you book online, you can provide the identity details of any one passenger. You need to make sure the very same passenger travels, else you would be deemed as ticketless traveler and would be liable to pay fine or even spend some months behind the bars!! Carrying his identity card on his absence would even make an indication of theft!!
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I don't know if Tatkal tickets can be booked from the Foreign tourist counter (I doubt it), but even if they could be booked, the staff at the FT counter certainly don't 'hit the ground running', there's too much 'catching up' (chatting) with other staff members, too much shuffling papers and basically anything that lets the customer know that things are going to move slow.

It's only my opinion, but an opinion gained from maybe 60-70 visits to such counters.

However, the regular staff at the booking windows are not a lot quicker, they'd go through hell if they worked in the UK.
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Thanks everyone!

Dave - I don't mind getting up a little early, just a little sacrifice for guilt tripping him into doing all the luggage carrying!

dipyamanbasu, don't worry, I am not just using my boyfriend's identity for someone else! He will be traveling with me. I guess my question about the passport thing was more relevant to booking foreign tourist quota tickets, as he will be arriving a day later than me, and I'm planning to book them as soon as I arrive. since those tickets are for foreigners, I assumed they would need proof before issuing the tickets..
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Originally Posted by namin View Post He will be traveling with me. I guess my question about the passport thing was more relevant to booking foreign tourist quota tickets, as he will be arriving a day later than me, and I'm planning to book them as soon as I arrive. since those tickets are for foreigners, I assumed they would need proof before issuing the tickets..
Unless he is already in India that will mean that his passport will get there a day later than you. I had a look at the Indian railways page about Foreign Tourists which states

"International Tourist Bureaus issue reserved tickets to the Foreign Tourists and NRIs holding valid passport against payment in US dollars, Pounds, Sterling,Euros and indian Rupees"

Looks like you will need his passport for definite and also proof that you have changed Sterling into rupees. An ATM receipt is OK for this.

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