I have just booked my train tickets from Delhi to Agra. It took a grand total of about 90 seconds, including the time for me to register for Verified by Visa. Payment gateway worked first time and everything! [whoa]
Just as I was frantically writing down my transaction code, the screen began to change. Aha, I thought, here is where it all goes wrong. But no, as the screen refreshed, an email dropped in my inbox with the PNR, transaction reference - even the seat numbers have been allocated.
What's going on? I was expecting a full two hours of frustration and a proper introduction to the Indian experience of trying to organise a short trip! :mad:
Still, it bodes well for the rest of the bookings. If I can do it from my desk at lunchtime, that suits me!
How dare an Indian government system behave so efficiently? It must be because they took the "babus" out of the handling process and replaced them with mindless machines who do not have to eat paan, drink their chai, scratch their butt, nose and ears, read the newspaper and scream at their peons :)
Wow, IT does work, doesn't it?
Cheers for the good news. Now, if only we can make the Indian traffic, road habits also efficient.
I was busy explaining all the pitfalls to my partner, about how it would take ages and the payment would fail etc and he said "But it's India. IT is what they do!". Slight over-simplification perhaps, but it would seem they've got their act together - today at least...
Who knows what will happen with the next lot of tickets I try to book!
I, too, have had nothing but good experiences booking rail tickets from abroad using irctc.com, 4 tickets total in the last couple of months. I was wondering what I had done wrong. ;) Of course, now I'm worried what the future holds as I've definitely been lulled into that security y'all have been talking about.
I felt robbed in Delhi when I got in a tuk tuk and the guy quoted me 20 rs to my hotel. When I got there he never asked me for more money and was very reluctant to take a tip. A first for me. I expected a heated fight for 20 seconds or so -- quite disapointing :)
I know what train and where from and class ect but I was going to wait till I got there to book tickets. If this IRCTC is ok then I might book now. We want the train for 27th December ish...so I am assuming its going to be busy.