Circular Journey Ticket

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WHAT IS A CIRCULAR JOURNEY TICKET?

If you wish to go on a pilgrimage or sightseeing trip to many destinations, Indian Railways provides the facility of booking Circular Journey Tickets. These tickets are highly discounted and offer you unique travel flexibility, as they are issued for all journeys (other than regular routes), which begin and complete at the same station.A maximum of eight break journeys will be admissible on these tickets. Standard Circular Journey Tickets are also offered by Zonal Railways. These cover popular destinations for the Convenience of tourists. The details of route, fare etc., for these tickets can be obtained from nominated stations in each Zonal Railway. You can purchase these tickets if any one of the standard routes suits your convenience. Otherwise you can inform the Zonal Railways about your itinerary and Circular Journey Tickets can be drawn up to suit your requirements.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING A CIRCULAR JOURNEY TICKET :

Circular Journey Tickets give you the benefit of telescopic rates, which are considerably lower than regular point to point fare. With these tickets, you not only save time but also the inconvenience of booking ticket at each leg of the journey.

BOOKING PROCEDURE OF CIRCULAR JOURNEY TICKET :

1. Once your itinerary is finalised,Write a letter describing your itinerary and approach the Chief Reservation Supervisor at your station.The Chief Reservation Supervisor will then give you a printed form and you need to fill it, you also need to mention start date to calculate end date.Now the distance will be calculated based on your itinerary.

2. You can purchase Circular Journey Tickets by presenting this form at the Booking Office.After purchasing the Circular Journey Ticket.This is just a ticket and does not guarantee reservation.So you must approach the Reservation Office to reserve your accommodation for various laps of your journey only after the Advance reservation period has commenced for that particular leg of journey.You can reserve your berth on any train according to your convenience.Fare difference may be charged in case of Duranto, jan satabdhi and other similar trains.

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2. You can purchase Circular Journey Tickets by presenting this form at the Booking Office.After purchasing the Circular Journey Ticket.This is just a ticket and does not guarantee reservation.So you must approach the Reservation Office to reserve your accommodation for various laps of your journey only after the Advance reservation period has commenced for that particular leg of journey.You can reserve your berth on any train according to your convenience.Fare difference may be charged in case of Duranto, jan satabdhi and other similar trains.

Photo of Circular Journey Ticket by Prudhvi Raj

3. 40% concession for male Senior Citizens and 50% concession for female Senior Citizens are granted on the cost of the Circular Journey Tickets when travelling a minimum distance of 1000 kms.

Basic rules:

(1) Normal rules on Break Journey will not apply in case of Circular Journey Tickets for such circular journey which commences and completes at the same station. Return Journey on the shortest route or on a route upto 15% longer than the shortest route will not be treated as circular journey for this purpose. Circular Journey Tickets can be issued for all classes. Before issuing Circular Journey Ticket, the passenger should be asked to advise the names of maximum eight stations (excluding originating/destination station) where he wants to break the journey.

(2) Circular journey tickets cannot be purchased online.

(3) Due to implementation of GST Circular journey tickets can be issued only for SL class of travel.This is a big blow for travellers.

(4) Railway zones(except Southern issue both standard as well as non-standard circular journey tickets. Standard circular journey tickets are pre-decided routes that include popular attractions within and outside the zone, and if any of these itineraries appeal to you, you can apply for one and save out on a lot of hassles that is involved in applying for a customised route (a non-standard circular journey ticket).

Standard Circular Journey Tour Tickets Over Northern Railway:

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/circular_Journey_Tickets_Northern.html

Standard Circular Journey Tour Tickets Over South Central Railway:

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/circular_Journey_South_Central.html

Standard Circular Journey Tour Tickets Over Central Railway:

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/circular_Journey_Over_Centralrailway.html

Southern Railway does not offer standard circular journey ticket,So you can only book a non-standard circular journey ticket.

(5) A maximum of eight breaks of journey (stopovers) are permitted on a single circular journey ticket. However, a halt of less than 24 hours at a station to catch a connecting train is not treated as a break of journey, and you can take advantage of this rule by maximising the permissible gap between the arrival of your first train and the departure of your connecting train.Unlike a regular break journey ticket, you do not need the endorsement of the station master at every break of journey.

(6) You cannot repeat any section during your trip (for example, you cannot travel Delhi - Kalka, followed by a Kalka - Delhi journey later). Exceptions are made for branch lines and sections where no alternate route is possible. If, for example, you wish to travel to Rameswaram, you will have to traverse the pamban bridge twice, as there is no other route out of Rameswaram.

(7) Every circular journey ticket has a specific validity period, determined by the total distance travelled. My circular journey ticket of 4755 km had a validity of 38 days. There is no restriction on the number of days you spend at each stopover, as long as your entire trip is completed within the validity period of the ticket.The validity period for the ticket will be calculated at the sum of journey days and break journey days - journey days to be calculated @ 1 day per 400 kms distance or part thereof and break journey days to be calculated @ 1 day per 200 Kms. The ticket will be valid from the day of journey indicated on the ticket. There will be no restriction on commencing the break journey. The passenger will be required to put his signature with date on the ticket on commencement of journey.

For representation purpose only.Train route may vary.

Photo of Circular Journey Ticket by Prudhvi Raj

Savings:

As the distance increases the fare decreases.This is the golden rule of railway ticketing.In my case i saved about 33%.

Cancellation of Circular journey ticket:

Simply write a letter to reservation officer and present all your tickets at the counter and your CJT will be cancelled.The cancellation charges are 120inr plus clerkage of 20inr. Total=140inr

When you are on a intense backpacking budget trip across various states.Circular Journey ticket can be a saviour.

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nice.. thx fr the useful info.
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