Travelling in India has changed drastically. With the advancement of technology, life has become easier. Speed, luxury has now taken over the minds of the people. One of the best ways to travel across the length and the breadth of the country is through railways. Railways reach the remotest part of the country and now with improved services, laymen like us have little things to crib about. With internet revolution on the rise getting the tickets booked online has also become an easy task.
Gone are the days, when booking tickets was a task that one would not want to indulge in, however now we can do it sitting at the convenience of our home and with just a mouse click. Tickets for railways can be booked through reservation counters spread across the country or through online booking. More and more people from big cities and towns are sticking to online booking as it is very convenient to do so. But have you ever wondered that in a country like India where population is so high how many people at the same time must be trying to get the tickets done for the same train at the same date. Perplexed right as to how the whole system works?
The whole system works on one magic term – PNR. PNR, the abbreviation stands for Passenger Name Record. Railways rely on this number big time; this is the unique code that is available on a every ticket. No two tickets can have the same PNR number and most of the railways work is done using the PNR number. The minute you book the ticket, be it online or at any reservation counter the ticket that is booked will have a specific number tagged to it. This number helps the passenger to connect with the railways in case of any dues and refunds.
How to check using PNR
Many a times when the tickets are booked, depending upon the availability of the tickets your status is decided. If there are already seats available then you have a confirmed ticket. However if your tickets are not confirmed and the status is RAC (Reservation against cancellation) or Waiting list, then the PNR will help you to track the current status of your ticket. For checking using PNR number, all you need to do is go to site www.indianrail.gov.in and select on PNR status. Type in the PNR number and find out the current status. The status will be displayed on the screen. The most up to date information that you can get about the PNR is once the chart has been put up, that is exactly 3 hours before the train is scheduled to depart from the source station. With a PNR number, it is like searching your details amongst a lakh other people. Now a day, checking of ticket status is also possible by sending the PNR details using a mobile phone.
So if you look at it, the complex Indian railway system has become easier just with a help of a 10 digit number.