Indian Railways Tatkal :
Indian railways tatkal is a scheme introduced in the 2009-10 Railway budget with the aim to reduce the Tatkal charges. The following link-
http://indianrail.gov.in/tatkal_Scheme.html will help you in knowing the details about Indian railways tatkal. Indian railways tatkal helps passengers in booking tickets at lower rates.
The Indian railway tatkal seat availability depends on the season and peak hours which can be enquired accordingly. The Indian railways tatkal facility is introduced in all the trains from Sleeper class to the Executive Class with uniform charges both in peak periods and non-peak periods. The Indian railway tatkal seat availability can be checked from the railway counters and reservations can be done after satisfaction of the passengers which starts two days before the journey. The Indian railway tatkal seat availability can also be checked online from the website address given above.
The Indian railways tatkal booking starts from 8 AM two days before the date of journey and the tickets are issued for the actual distance of travel and tatkal scheme has certain Indian railways tatkal rules for booking of tickets. The Indian railways tatkal booking can be done both online and offline making it convenient for the passengers but the Indian railway tatkal seat availability can only be checked 2 days before the journey.
Some Of The Indian Railways Tatkal Rules Defined By The Government Are -
Tickets booked under the indian railways tatkal booking scheme requires atleast one person should carry the Identity card as proof during the journey.
The Indian railways tatkal charges are fixed as the percentage of the fare which can be 10% and 30% subject to maximum and minimum tatkal charges which is uniformly applied for peak and non-peak periods in the indian railways tatkal booking of tickets scheme.
The passengers will be issued tickets for actual distance of travel and subject to indian railways tatkal seat availability. The same seat can be booked in multiple legs and as per the Indian railways tatkal rules, unutilised seats will be granted to the waiting list or General RAC.
The refund procedure for Indian railways tatkal tickets is same as that of normal tickets.
The above Indian railways tatkal rules must be strictly adhered to while booking with Indian railways tatkal booking to avoid any inconvenience.
Refunds of the tickets booked with the indian railways tatkal booking can be availed. For cancellation of tickets upto 24 hours before the departure of the train , a refund of 25% of the total fare charged on the ticket will be granted. According to Indian railways tatkal rules the passengers can also get full refund of the fare under the Tatkal scheme subject to the following situations-
The passenger is not willing to travel if the train runs on diverted routes.
If both the boarding station and the destination station are not covered if the train runs on a diverted route.
If the originating point and the boarding point of the passenger is different and the train gets delayed for more than 3 hours.
The passenger will be granted the refund of difference of fare in case of travelling in lower class against the upper class ticket.