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Sunday, November 22, 2015

19 Hand Picked India Travel Apps for Ecstatic Pleasures

Ecstatic Pleasures of India travel with Apps
Ecstatic Pleasures of India travel with Apps

Best Travel Apps for India

Want to enjoy India Travel at the spur of the moment or with a well-planned tour?
Or just finding your way around a new city?
Or want to avoid travel agents?

Here is my personal selection of  apps to make traveling around the country easier than ever before.

Hotel and Travel Bookings

1. Cleartrip 
2. MakeMyTrip 

These most popular booking apps, take reservations for flights, trains, buses and hotels (conveniently arranged according to Tripadvisor ratings).
Both feature a clean design, user-friendly interface and regular app-only deals. But while MakeMyTrip focuses on holiday packages, Cleartrip has over 5000 activities in 25 Indian destinations ranging from food tours to scuba diving. It also lets users view their bookings offline.


3. IRCTC Connect 

This Indian Railways official app has a considerably faster and simpler interface to check seat availability and make new bookings. It also tracks existing reservations and offers journey alerts.

4. Bookmytrain

Another IRCTC app Bookmytrain also gives users the option of cash on delivery for tickets.

Food on Indian Trains and stations

5. Travelkhana 

If you want to skip the insipid fare served on Indian trains, then Travelkhana offers an alternative with round-the-clock food delivery from its network of partner restaurants across the country. Enter your PNR number or train details, select a station and browse through the mostly-Indian menus of the nearest restaurants. You can also track your order, and pay online or in cash.

Bus Bookings

6. Redbus

If you're interested in economical and exotic travel by road, then check out the bus ticketing app Redbus, which lists buses run by various private operators, government-run tourist buses and Volvos in 22 states.
Travelers can search for buses by fare, timing, customer rating and facilities. Once you've booked your seat, you can track the bus schedule in real-time and even share it with your friends and family. The app also suggests convenient dropping points for riders.

Last Minute Holidays 

7. Tripigator

An ideal for perfect for last-minute holidays and busy travelers. Tripigator is a nifty holiday planning app for India. The official travel planner of India's Ministry of Tourism, it creates customized itineraries based on your interests (adventure, family, romantic etc.), budget, location and trip duration. Confused about where you want to holiday? The app throws up a list of potential destinations near you, with sightseeing options, hotel and transport options and the approximate cost.

Want to Connect?


For travelers who like to connect with locals and fellow explorers. It is a platform for user-created itineraries and travelogues, as well as a travel-themed social network. Each itinerary includes insider tips in the form of first-person reviews and photographs, along with a hotel booking section from Expedia.

Looking for Off Beaten Track?

9. Thrillophia 

If you're interested in going off-the-beaten-track, then it has a wealth of activities spanning the length and breadth of the country. Ranging from a wildlife photography tour in Coorg to caving in Meghalaya, the experiences are organized thematically, e.g., women only trips, jeep safaris, cooking sessions etc., and come with reviews and popularity rankings

Low Cost Stays

10. OYO Rooms 
11. ZO Rooms 

Travelling on a low budget doesn't mean you have to stay in sordid and unpleasant hotels. Branded hotel chains OYO Rooms and ZO Rooms can be lifesavers for travelers looking for last-minute affordable accommodation. Both promise standardize amenities such as air-conditioning, television, clean linen, breakfast and Wi-Fi across major cities, and allow users to search for accommodations near landmarks, neighborhoods or their current location. In addition, ZO Rooms' tie-up with Uber and restaurant search engine Zomato offers added convenience in looking for nearby restaurants and cabs.

Boutique Places to Stay

12.  Airbnb

If you're looking for boutique stays, then Airbnb has a range of offbeat options to choose from. Think colonial mansions in Goa, Himalayan cottages and tree houses situated in the midst of a forest in Madhya Pradesh. Bypassing the comforts of hotel chains, it’s ideal for travelers looking to mingle with the locals and get under the skin of the place they’re visiting. The reviews and the option to contact the host makes it easy to narrow down on a Homestay catering to your interest.
Want Diverse Experiences and Exciting Activities
Whether you're keen on trying an adventure sport or soaking in a city's culture, there are now several apps that make it easier to experience India's diversity than ever before.

How to Avoid Unreliable Tourist Guides

13. Audiocompass

The official audio tour app of Incredible India, Audiocompass is a handy tool for anyone who's been disappointed by dodgy tourist guides. It has well-researched audio guides on food, heritage and culture, and local legends, covering everything from the architecture of the Taj Mahal to Bollywood star homes in Mumbai. The introductory destination guides are free, while the detailed sightseeing ones are priced reasonably. Both can be downloaded and then played offline at no additional data cost.


14. Bookmyshow 

If you're looking to catch the latest movie, a popular play, or a cool gig in a city you’ve just landed in, Bookmyshow is the one-stop-shop for it all. With a footprint in over 200 cities, India’s biggest entertainment ticketing app sells tickets for movies, theatre, concerts, sporting events and food and cultural festivals.
Looking for Night Life and Local Restaurants?

Want to discover local cuisine and nightlife?

15. Zomato

An essential app for eating out, Zomato is great for discovering food and nightlife haunts. Each city has a series of collections of popular restaurants and long-standing establishments with themes and cuisine. You can search by location, cuisine and budget; browse through menus and user reviews, and even take an Uber cab to your chosen restaurant. If you’re too lazy to venture out, it also has an app called ‘Zomato Order’ just for food delivery.

Want to be Adventurous and Move Around?

16. NaviMaps

Can't figure out your way around India's confusing maze of roads and by lanes? NaviMaps, a comprehensive navigation app by MapMyIndia, is useful for navigating even without the internet. The 3D maps cover a two-million-long road network spanning over 7200 towns and major landmarks, and can be stored and used without data.

17. Ridir
18. Uber 
19. Ola Cabs 

The public transport app Ridir makes it easier to save money on the move. It has timetables of buses, metro, trains and monorail in over 15 Indian cities for offline use, along with real-time information about arrivals, departures, delays and cancellations. Users can even track their ride and locate the nearest transport junction. 
On the other hand, ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Ola Cabs offer a quick and convenient option for different budgets. Uber operates in over 20 Indian cities and is especially helpful for international travelers with an existing account. Together with its subsidiary company Taxi For Sure, Ola has a considerably bigger fleet of cabs and autos in more towns and cities. Unlike Uber, its app allows rides to be booked in advance to avoid last-minute hiccups and has a helpline number for real-time assistance. 

All of the above apps are  available on Google Play Store on your mobile

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