Railway AC waiting rooms are always crowded and they don’t make a comfortable waiting. Also they don’t provide refreshments.
Now, picture this compared to your memory of the archaic AC waiting rooms.
You get to wait in a “Solo cushioned chair” mind you, with pillows too. You have your phone charging by your side. The tea is provided in a cutlery rather than paper cups.
Welcome to the “IRCTC EXECUTIVE LOUNGE”, Ahmedabad.
The usual rate is Rs 60 per hour of sitting. Well worth it!
But since we claim to have “cardgyan” we sit for free.
They printed and then highlighted the cards which provide you complimentary access. I own two out of these four options.
The good thing they have done is put out clearly what your complimentary card stay entails.
Do you see the highlighter use again?
I had dinner (without the 4th roti) which was much more sober and comfortable than the other options available at a railway station.
They also have an ala carte menu with reasonable rates and enough hygiene.
I would rather be punctual and just catch the train. But as long as the traffic is unpredictable, I’ll keep missing the 4th roti at this lounge.
Update 3-4-2022: I had an early morning train and had reached the lounge at 6:00am. Sitting was open, however their kitchen was closed. I was informed that breakfast opens at 8:00 am. Very surprising, that I was not even offered tea.