Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the IRCTC next generation (https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search) is an initiative by the Indian Railway Ministry. IRCTC is responsible for catering, train travel and online booking operations of the Indian railway systems. The tag line of IRCTC is “Lifeline of the Nation”. The IRCTC next gen has its headquarters in New Delhi.
The Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry website, has made train travel in India absolutely easy and comfortable. It deals with online booking, reservations, information on availability of seats, PNR status, the timings of each trains, train schedules and time table, train route maps, dates etc. It also has options that cover flight travel, accommodation, booking of cabs, tour packages, online catering service, e booking of tourist trains, hill railways and chartered trains. One can also inquire about their current reservation status or waiting list status using this website. https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search
You can use IRCTC login to check ticket status. IRCTC has also included Tatkal Booking facility for sudden or emergency travel purposes. Tatkal tickets can be booked in all classes except first class AC and is an amazing initiative by the IRCTC that has made travelling easier for last minute planners. Tatkal tickets booking facility can be availed from the website http://www.services.irctc.co.in/. The Indian Railways is really trying hard to make travel easy for their passengers. Indian Railways has stated that e bookings constitute about two third of the total reserved tickets and hence it is important to make the railway enquiry website more user friendly, much faster and easier to use.