Ever heard of IRCTC Retiring Rooms?
I am sure many are not familiar with these service yet. It was during one of my Mumbai visit, when I was waiting at the CST Railway station and needed a room for couple of hours, I got to know after making some inquiries that some lodging facilities was available at the Station. We booked it for just 150/rs for 12 hours and to our surprise it was an AC Dormitory, well maintained and very clean. In the month of January, the AC was little difficult to handle, but we had a great sleep that night. Next day early morning, we left to join a trek near Mumbai.
What are these Retiring Rooms? Railways Retiring Rooms are rooms which are available on Railway Stations across India, They are available in Single, Double and Dormitory type of occupancy with AC and Non AC combination.
For how much duration can I book these rooms for? These rooms can be booked for maximum 48 hours.
Who can Book? Anyone who has got a reserved railway ticket can book these retiring Rooms with the help of PNR Number.
How can I book them? These rooms can be booked online from this link
Can I book it if I have a Waiting List Ticket? No
Can I cancel my Booking ? Yes
Do every railway station have these facility? No these are currently only at the major railway stations.
For more information, check here
Once you login to IRCTC website click on Accomodation–>Retiring Rooms
Enter your PNR Number. You will have the option to choose the Retiring rooms either at the Source Station or Destination Station.
I have stayed at the Dormitories and it was a good experience. It was an AC Dormitory in CST Mumbai,quite well maintained and equipped. The rooms are clean and comfortable.
They give away thin Bedsheet like blanket. If you are going in winters, better carry your own. There are small lockers available to keep your belongings, but you need to carry your locks. Huge backpacks or suitcases need to be kept outside. Make sure to lock all your belongings/suitcases/bags when you go outside.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding the Retiring Rooms, I would be happy to help.