Holiday seasons are approaching faster and it’s the time when people embark to go on a travel spree to celebrate their new year and Christmas eve. Group travel is something that we all usually plan. Your travel plans are ad-hoc and you don’t wanna mess with any of the aspects related to your travel, whether it’s your tickets or food orders in train. In case you are planning to travel in groups, you can book train coaches and saloon cars too for your large travel group
IRCTC FTR service: You would be glad to know that Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers an FTR (Full Tariff Rate) service, through which you can enjoy a group train travel to your favourite destination by chartering train, coaches and saloon cars. The registration for IRCTC FTR service can be done a maximum six months in advance and a minimum 30 days prior to the date of the journey. Also, online booking facility of the FTR train can be availed for rail journey starting from stations across the Indian Railways network.
Coach Booking: Under coach booking, a party can book maximum two coaches on FTR in a single train
Train Booking: A party can book maximum 24 coaches in FTR train including two sleeper coaches/generator car. The FTR train will have a minimum of 18 coaches. Interestingly, there is no minimum distance for chartering, according to IRCTC. However, the fare for a minimum distance of 500 kilometre for outward and return journey separately will be chargeable while chartering special trains/saloon/coaches, etc.
Those who want to register can visit the website ftr.irctc.co.in and make online registration by paying a Registration Money cum Security Deposit (RMSD) of an amount of Rs 50,000 per coach. While one selects the train/route and other details, a request ID starting with the letter “R” is generated. The registration takes place only after the payment of RMSD. Also, a Registration ID stating with “FTR” is generated, which has to be quoted on all future correspondence with IRCTC.
Under cancellation policy, 10% of the security deposit is charged if the requisition of special train/coaches is cancelled two days in advance before the scheduled day for journey or earlier, 25% is charged if the cancellation is done one day advance upto 4 hours before of the train’s scheduled departure, 50% is charged if the cancellation is done within 4 hours of the train’s schedule departure. In case the FTR request is found unfeasible/cancelled on IRCTC/Railway account then no charges are levied. Thus, in such cases, full deposit is refunded.
Also, pre-book your meals in train for group travel on call at 8448440386. You can expect delivery of food you would love to enjoy during your journey, right at your berth.