In India, few stations have an IRCTC executive lounge facility. Stations like Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, and New Delhi have this luxury.
These lounges offer all the airport-like facilities for passenger comfort. It’s my honest review of the expenses and facilities after a visit to the newly opened Kolkata Sealdah executive lounge.
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Irctc Sealdah Executive Lounge
IRCTC Sealdah executive lounge for passengers
You can rest here after a long train journey, freshen up, and have a nice meal after a hectic train trip. Or you can spend time if you have any scheduled train journey. This kind of railway lounge in India is much more prevalent in other cities’ Indian Railways stations.
Sealdah Lounge provides similar amenities to Indian airports. Comfort, luxury, and you ask for what you need. Maintained by IRCTC, this place is built for the long journey traveller’s comfort. They constructed the place just next to the main car parking lot and entry area of Sealdah station.
The Sealdah Railway Station
Sealdah is the busiest railway station in West Bengal. The station holds a significant role in intercity connectivity in Calcutta. However, Howrah station is the gateway to Kolkata, but Sealdah handles many daily trains.
Sealdah station is divided into two sections, North and South. These platforms run many express and long-journey night trains. So, this kind of IRCTC lounge may gain massive popularity quickly. IRCTC luxury lounge for passengers always accommodates lots of comforts in the major stations in India like this.
Sealdah lounge decor and ambience
Capsule lift gains entry on this place because it’s on the second floor of Sealdah railway station. They covered one side with a beautifully designed glass wall with an overview of the platform. Stunning decoration, blazing lights, and a hospitable atmosphere will attract you once you exit the elevator.
Like IRCTC Delhi executive lounge, the place is filled with luxuries like centralized AC, a Comfortable sofa for relaxation, and LED televisions for entertainment. Also, you can always use the rail-wire WIFI if needed. Soothing music will get into your ears all the time.
This place can accommodate 50 persons at once and is open 24/7. This IRCTC lounge provides a variety of different items on the menu. Let’s know about the IRCTC executive lounge booking process.
Sealdah executive lounge booking process and facilities
By entering the lounge, you must go through a short booking process by providing your Name and Phone Number. Afterwards, you will receive a cash receipt and a smart card for later use.
It will cost you 100 rupees for the first two hours, and then it will cost 50 rupees per hour. When you’ve booked your spot, a courteous waitress will show you the way to a lovely, cosy, comfortable sofa. They will provide you with a glass of regular water, and the waitress will ask for complimentary tea or coffee.
You can keep it in a specific luggage area without hassles if you have oversized luggage. Now you can enjoy the ambience or any show on the TV, close your eyes a bit, and enjoy the sweet sound of music around. The lounge area is large enough to accommodate a few families together. There is a separate dining area on the side for the diners.
There are lots of options on the food menu. From South Indian to continental, every famous cuisine and a few choices of Non-Alcoholic drinks are on the menu.
I cannot say that the food is cheap but affordable regarding the booking cost. And if you spent over 500 rupees on food and drink, they include the booking amount. The food counter is handled by some professionals who are efficient at their respective work.
- Non-veg Thali for 2 people = 600 rupees.
- Buffet lunch per head 400/600 rupees.
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Sealdah executive lounge other paid charges
A few facilities are there with extra charges, like a shower. It will cost One hundred fifty rupees per person, and they will provide you with a few items like a towel, soap and shampoo. One can use the locker or cloakroom facility to save luggage, costing 50 rupees per hour.
The executive lounge lets their customer use a computer with internet for 50 rupees for 30 minutes and 70 rupees for an hour. You can easily print from there, costing you 10 rupees per page. This IRCTC lounge provides a massage chair for 150 rupees. Newspapers and magazines are also available at cost.
IRCTC Sealdah Executive Lounge Overview and Summary
It’s a pleasant enough experience for commuters going on long trips. Still, the thing is that this facility is not suitable for people who are low on cash and who frequently roam around and visit places by train to earn their living.
By the standard IRCTC rates, this place costs too much in every department. Foods are not cheap enough for middle-class people. However, this place is excellent for older people or people with families, especially children.
Like the Delhi executive lounge, the Sealdah lounge is a pride of IRCTC and their contribution to Indian Railways. However being a private body of management, there are a few drawbacks to this IRCTC lounge. At Sealdah railway station, this place accommodates 50 people and has two separate washrooms for Men and women.
Although the staff are professional, the colossal menu and massive decor are always a plus point for any railway lounge. So it’s a pleasant experience, and I recommend this place for you if you are going for a long trip or coming from a long journey, but always carry a fair amount of cash while you visit this IRCTC executive lounge.
There are a few waiting rooms in Sealdah station to wait for your upcoming train trip, so this is more like a business model than a beneficial passenger program. The railway also took the initiative to launch the IRCTC executive lounge in Howrah and Siliguri.
Which visiting places are near the Sealdah executive lounge?
The nearest visiting places are from the Sealdah executive lounge: 1. Jorasanko Thakur Bari 2. Coffee house 3. Ram mandir 4. Marble palace.
How to reach the Sealdah executive lounge?
It is inside the Sealdah railway station north. You can reach here by bus/train/cab (Ola, Uber).