IRCTC introduces NFT tickets for Lucknow-Delhi Tejas trains, offers Holi-themed digital mementos

Displayed via IRCTC's official digital platform, the NFT tickets showcase vibrant sketches of iconic landmarks from both Delhi and Lucknow, which are set against colorful backgrounds.

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The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) unveiled Non-Fungible Token (NFT) tickets on March 13. The initiative aims to embrace the festive spirit of Holi, offering colorful digital souvenirs for travelers on the Tejas trains commuting between Delhi and Lucknow.

Displayed via IRCTC's official digital platform, the NFT tickets showcase vibrant sketches of iconic landmarks from both Delhi and Lucknow, which are set against colorful backgrounds. These unique digital tokens will be available to purchasers of tickets for Tejas trains numbered 82501 and 82502 starting from March 20th until April 2nd.

IRCTC explains significance of NFT tickets

The IRCTC explained the significance of these NFT tickets in a post on X, stating, "These tickets are not merely digital souvenirs. They symbolize our dedication to enriching your journey experiences, allowing you to personalize your travel memories with your own photographs and enjoy exclusive offers from handpicked brands."

However, it remains unclear whether these NFT tickets will be provided complimentary with ticket purchases or if travelers will need to pay an additional fee to acquire them. NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens, are digital collectibles built on blockchain networks, which offer unique ownership and authenticity.

Collaboration with Polygon

This move by IRCTC reflects the Indian Railways' ongoing exploration of blockchain technology's potential applications within the industry. Last year, the National Academy of Indian Railways conducted workshops in collaboration with Polygon to raise awareness about blockchain's benefits in railway operations.

Earlier this year, IRCTC introduced NFT tickets for Ayodhya, emphasizing their significance as digital memorabilia commemorating Lord Shree Rama's arrival during the divine Shree Ramotsav festival.