Tatkal Ticket Getting strategy

#1 Apr 13th, 2009, 12:12
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Hi friends,
I am planning for Mumbai trip from delhi on 5th june. I am planning to travel in AC3 coach. Now this is the problem I am facing, Rajdhani Express and August Kranti Rajdhani both are currently reserving on 140+ waiting list. My other preferable option is Garib rath whose reservation limit on this date is met, tatkal for this train will be opened on 5 days before 5th june i.e 31 may. Now i have these questions
1.What should be the potential strategy so that I can get the ticket on tatkal?
2. can i resreve the ticket in tatkal scheme through internet at 12:00 am in early morning of 31 st may ?
3. Is it possible to get a confirm reservation on Rajdhani or august kranti as these level of waiting list?

Plaese reply as soon as possible as i have to take decision at the earliest.
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Originally Posted by prashraj View Post Hi friends,
1.What should be the potential strategy so that I can get the ticket on tatkal?
2. can i resreve the ticket in tatkal scheme through internet at 12:00 am in early morning of 31 st may ?
3. Is it possible to get a confirm reservation on Rajdhani or august kranti as these level of waiting list?

Plaese reply as soon as possible as i have to take decision at the earliest.
Tatkal quota is restricted to a small percentage of trains. To my knowledge, Rajdhani's do not have this quota. Check that first before building your hopes.

1. Strategy - Tickets open at 8:00 AM. Be online at 7:50. Keep refreshing IRCTC. Connect through high speed internet. Use net banking, instead of credit card (saves some time). This is all you can do to ensure maximum probability.

2. Nope. 8:00 AM it is.

3. I'm not an expert here. IMHO, at 140, there is no reason for you to stay positive.

Alternative - If you want to ensure safe travel, contact an agent for booking through tatkal. They charge 300-400 over the ticket charges + tatkal charges. Second class tickets are easier to get than AC3. Your option would still be limited to 20-25% of trains that have tatkal quota and not the train of your choice.

Else, book with GoAir (5 flights from Mumbai to Delhi everyday) - will cost you only a li'l more than tatkal AC3 + agent charges.
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Tatkal booking starts at 8AM at the counter as well as online. You can book on 31st May at 8AM online.

If you start exactly at 8AM and complete the online reservation fast, you should get a tatkal 3AC ticket in Rajdhani (there are 128 berths for Tatkal)... My strategy is to enter the card number, names etc on a notepad and just cut-n-paste to increase speed of reservation If you look at 18th Apr Tatkal, they are in WL... so you have to book at 8AM to get it
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I've a 256k broadband and never have been successful in booking ticket (tatkal and normal) before 9 AM. IRCTC site will be jammed. Only yesterday I ended up with 2 failed transactions. These agents have high speed net connection which enables them to "block" IRCTC at 8AM.

I would suggest you to go to the ticket counter at 7:30-7:45AM so that you'll be among the first person to book ticket when the counter opens at 8 AM. If you feel this is a hassle, then book a Go Air or Indigo ticket to Mumbai which will be cheaper and faster than going by Rajdhani in tatkal.
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Originally Posted by drgrudge View Post I've a 256k broadband and never have been successful in booking ticket (tatkal and normal) before 9 AM. IRCTC site will be jammed. Only yesterday I ended up with 2 failed transactions. These agents have high speed net connection which enables them to "block" IRCTC at 8AM.

I would suggest you to go to the ticket counter at 7:30-7:45AM so that you'll be among the first person to book ticket when the counter opens at 8 AM. If you feel this is a hassle, then book a Go Air or Indigo ticket to Mumbai which will be cheaper and faster than going by Rajdhani in tatkal.
Yep. I have had similar experiences. Home broadband connection most a times is not sufficient. Also because, 256k is the maximum amount of data your wire can take. It may not be the actual speed you get all the time.
I do it from my office, where i have super fast and load free 2Mbps internet connection at 8 AM.
And also, the internet and counter tatkal quota are independent. The internet quota gets over by 8:03 - 8:05 in peak times. However at counter it stays for much longer. Agents have agreement with the clerks at the counter who do it for them.
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no.. thats not true..

I will give u the tip..the IRCTC site starts working from 5AM, u can check it urself.. IT IS TRUE..
on 31st, get up on 5AM, and book the ticket while others are sleeping.. officially it is 8AM..

reference: I have done it several times..
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Originally Posted by gbaranwal View Post no.. thats not true..

I will give u the tip..the IRCTC site starts working from 5AM, u can check it urself.. IT IS TRUE..
on 31st, get up on 5AM, and book the ticket while others are sleeping.. officially it is 8AM..

reference: I have done it several times..
You've said this a few times in a few different threads.

However, it just can't be right, I feel like you're telling us that you can book general quota tickets 97 days ahead, I would know that you can't, but you will be insisting you can.

I can book general quota tickets 97 days in advance, but I wouldn't be giving the whole story if I just said that we all can.

Is they're something you're missing out?

Can you give us details of trains booked, and boarding stations?
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Originally Posted by ganeshs_16 View Post And also, the internet and counter tatkal quota are independent. The internet quota gets over by 8:03 - 8:05 in peak times. However at counter it stays for much longer. Agents have agreement with the clerks at the counter who do it for them.
Are you sure? I went to PRC yesterday (after the 2 failed transactions) and the number of berths available was the same as what I had seen in my PC.


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Originally Posted by gbaranwal I will give u the tip..the IRCTC site starts working from 5AM, u can check it urself.. IT IS TRUE..
Wow! How is this possible? I think you're referring to general quota not tatkal quota.
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gbaranwal, I HEARD THIS FROM FREIND THE FLAW IN SITE IS THE 5AM BOOKING POSSIBLE, IS THIS TRUE, I WILL NEED YOUR HELP THANK YOU
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Originally Posted by drgrudge View Post Are you sure? I went to PRC yesterday (after the 2 failed transactions) and the number of berths available was the same as what I had seen in my PC.
This is what a friend claimed. I'm not totally sure. I wish i could find out.
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Flaw Is Corrected

Talkal Can Be Booked Only At 8.ooam Not 5 Checked Not Possible
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Originally Posted by hashir3 View Post Talkal Can Be Booked Only At 8.ooam Not 5 Checked Not Possible
##There is no flaw at all. It was only some people's mis-conception about Tatkal Booking.

##The Tatkal Booking and 90th Day Booking WILL COMMENCE ONLY at 8.00 hrs. ON THE DESIGNATED DAY.
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I done a reply a few days ago to someone asking about getting tatkal tickets, and although the reply is about Goa-Mumbai, I think a lot of the details are things that should be considered when thinking of any Tatkal bookings, the reply was for a train on the 2nd January, a very busy time on the Goa Mumbai route (as well as other routes).

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It's risky, and people will be trying to book from other stations (as well as the internet), here's a few pointers.

Don't try booking over the Internet, at best, that website is slow, and you're unlikely to get confirmed berths.

No Tatkal in 1A.

Very few in 2A (4 - 8 depending on train)

All tickets WILL go within 2 minutes, so you not only need to be at the front of the queue, but you need everything ready (including alternatives) and you need to know exactly where to go, basically, you need a practice run (and I'm not joking).

Get to Madgaon station at 07:00 the day before, get a chai, a newspaper and some snacks and find the queue for the reservation office, there may be only 1 or 2 people in that queue (it won't be the same on the 31st), talk to them, ask their advice, but most important, stay in the queue and watch what happens when the door opens, most likely, they'll run to the counters (leaving you standing), and if they get there first, then they're first in the queue, it doesn't matter what time you got there, see what counters they go to, have a look at all the reservation slips in their hands, have a look at how many people on each reservation slip (they work for travel agents), if you get stuck behind just one of those guys on the 31st, you don't get your ticket. see what counter opens first and remember all this.

Pick up a load of reservation forms.

Now, on the 31st, you want to be first in the queue and you want to be there by 06:45, it's better to be there sipping chai and reading for 30 minutes before other people get there, than get there a minute after they arrive.

You need to have 2 reservation slips fully and correctly filled in, and you need to be first at that window, and more importantly, your (preferred choice) reservation slip needs to be the one the staff take first (there will be others trying to stand by your side and push their reservation slips through at the same time, be firm.).

Understanding Reservation Forms.

Have the form completed fully, any delay as you make adjustments could cost you your tickets, ask (here) if there's anything you don't understand.

Have the correct money (Rs) including Tatkal charge.

On the top of each reservation form, write in big letters TATKAL.

Be polite to the reservation staff, if you don't get your preferred choice, you'll need to ask about your 2nd choice, and they don't have to look into your 2nd choice, so get them onside just in case, it's easier (and quicker) to go for a different class on the same train, than to look into another train, the staff will look like they're on a vacation as they casually (and infuriatingly) seem to take forever to search for availability, any anger on your part will only slow them down.

DON'T ACCEPT A WAITLISTED TATKAL TICKET.

The main train tourists will go for is the the Konkan Kanya (0122), and it has slightly more Tatkal places, but if I absolutely had to get a Tatkal ticket, I wouldn't choose this train, remember, other reservation offices may be open a minute before your window, and that minute can be vital, go for the less obvious trains, I'd be looking at 2134 if I wanted an overnight train, a poor arrival time in Mumbai (if on time), but Mumbai is a good city and CST station is safe, 2620 is another option, but there's be loads of people in Karnataka trying to book this train, and Lokmanya Tilak isn't a great place to arrive early in the morning, and you'll really need to get a taxi to Colaba ((Rs200+) if you have more than a small amount of luggage.

The option I'd most likely go for is a daytime train, tourists tend to avoid these and have them as their 2nd or 3rd choice, and it's such a scenic journey, go for either 3A or Sleeper Class (side berths) in train 0104 or go for CC or 2S in train 2052, 2S will be a great way to travel but will become a little uncomfortable towards the end of the journey, here's a photo of 2S, and below is a thread about Sleeper Class.

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Sleeper Class details & photos.

Do not go for the Rajdhani (2431) or the Netravati (6346).

I'm maybe painting a 'worst case scenario', but maybe not, a lot of people will be wanting those few tickets, and the travel agent's runners are going to be wanting them too, if it was me, I'd be there at 06:30.

One more thing, a good few tourists will be reading this and wanting those very same tickets.
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As I said, maybe a worst case scenario, but you do really need to be first in the queue, first at the correct window, and your reservation form needs to be the first one taken by the ticket seller.

Hopefully VSP could add some useful advice, I've only done this about 6 or 7 times, so I don't have a lot of experience.

And these days, some things are changing, I noticed quite a few reservation offices (more in the south) are operating a ticket numbering system, you take a numbered ticket from a machine and go to the counter displaying your number.
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Grrr. Having trouble getting taktal tickets. IRCTC doesn't even let me try! It just says "Can't book taktal until 8:00 am" ... Even now, after 8:30!

And cleartrip is completely locking up on me, so even though tickets were available on the second choice train, it wouldn't actually go to booking. Of course, 5 minutes later, those were closed too.

Are there any other options for booking taktal, sites that may work better? At least that would give me a fighting chance!
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Originally Posted by *jyoti* View Post Are there any other options for booking taktal, sites that may work better? At least that would give me a fighting chance!
##If you are a resident of New Delhi, please stand in the Queue before a PRS Counter by about 6.00a.m. or 6.30 a.m. and then try your luck.



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