Tatkal Ticket bookings is a way to get your tickets confirmed in short time. The Indian Railways have introduced booking the tickets online through their Official website IRCTC which can be done using a personal account or brokers such as MakeMyTrip, Yatra, goIBIBO etc. The tickets can be booked in the timings which are allotted by Ministry of Railways. The Indian railways have imposed some strict rules in regarding booking ticket for Tatkal i.e. Emergency travel plan. Tatkal is basically a Hindi word which is used for Emergency Travel Plans. For Eg. a person X wants to travel to Y Place on 30 May. Now X plan to book ticket before 30 days but somehow his plan is cancelled or he was not able to book. So under Tatkal scheme/reservation, X can book his ticket before 1 day of his travel date and can travel to Y place without any issues. Usually the Indian Railways have implemented timings, under which only tickets can be booked. You can also spot the train or find the best train suitable for your new travel journey.
This is really helpful for the users for are booking the tickets and plan to travel on urgent basis for their tour or any trip as per their convenience.
Tatkal Ticket Timings & Booking Rules
Before reading further, let me clear you that a Tatkal ticket can be booked only 1 day before your travel date.
- An IRCTC user can book only 1 Tatkal ticket in the timings from 10 AM to 12 PM
- Ticket timings for bookings, i.e. When Bookings starts are-
For NON AC- 11 AM onwards
For AC- 10 AM onwards
- Total number of passengers are limited to 4 per Ticket.
- Tickets which are confirmed and if user wants to cancel the Confirmed ticket, then no refund will be given for this case
- Tatkal tickets which are in waiting list and if on travel date, the ticket is still in waiting list and is not Confirmed/RAC, then the ticket is automatically cancelled and also refund will be given.
- Ticket Deposit Receipt can be claimed for the tickets in which the traveller does not travel.
If you are looking to book a railway ticket for your journey, we advise you to sit on computer before the timings of opening of Tatkal Tickets, because due to emergency travel and limited number of Tatkal tickets because of the quota, they are usually booked within minutes once the booking is opened. This case is applicable on highly travel routes such as Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai and so on.