India is a vast country and has a stunning combination of historical, cultural and pilgrimage places as tourist destinations. It is exciting to even think about visiting the hundreds of tourist destinations in India and a visit to some of these places should be immensely gratifying. In the current day, the travel industry has deeply embraced technology creating a lot of convenience. Software applications such as Tour management software, Booking engine software, Airline reservation system etc. are widely used to by traditional travel agents, online travel agents and suppliers such as airline companies, to create a wholesome travel experience for the avid traveler.
Mobile applications from suppliers such as Airlines, Railways, Bus transport and even cab companies have made their way onto the screens of the average Smartphone user. Let’s take a look at some of these useful apps that will help you, as you plan your travel in India:
1. IRCTC Rail Connect
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is a subsidy of the Indian Railways that looks into the ticket booking and catering services. It recently launched the IRCTC Rail Connect mobile app with the latest technology. The app is aimed at helping user’s book tickets in a much faster and easier manner and it is a definite saving grace as far as ticket booking is concerned. If you have had the frustrating experience of standing in long queues outside the railway counters – this app is a saviour of sorts!
The app also helps to book services such as – Premium Tatkal, Tatkal, Ladies quota etc. Apart from getting the tickets booked, travellers can also check the reservation status, get journey alerts and even cancel their tickets through the app. This app is a boon for anyone choosing rail to travel across the length and breadth of India.
A privately funded company, RailYatri claims that the idea behind the initiative is to provide a more transparent and a hassle-free customer service for the rail travellers in India. It also claims to use some high end data analytics and provide useful and intelligence based information to the travellers. It is one of the fastest growing rail apps and provides quite some interesting services such as – PNR Status, Train Delays, Platform number, Coach position, Live Status of train etc. The motive is to provide a much more comfortable travel experience and also provide enough valid information for the passengers to make to informed decisions on their travel.
One of the pioneers of online ticketing in India that started as early 2005, MakeMyTrip has come a long way and its mobile app equipped with the latest technology brings in the required ease and comfort for booking tickets. Predominantly, used for booking flight tickets, the app can also be used for booking railway and bus tickets, but there are other apps that are far specific for train and buses. The app also provides an idea on hotels and restaurants and helps in booking hotel reservations. The most popular feature, perhaps, is the discount tracking feature across flights which allows for users to search through and get the best of available deals in flight booking.
Another pioneer in the Indian Online ticket booking space, ClearTrip was founded in 2006 and has since grown to become one the most favoured online booking platform for flights and hotels. The mobile app again is, extensively used for flight booking and hotel reservations with an option to book train and bus tickets. For the train tickets, the app connects with the IRCTC platform. The app shows various offers and even promotes some discounts on both flight and hotel bookings. The app supports voice reading and helps users save on their typing! One good advantage of the app when it comes to hotel bookings is, that it connects with TripAdvisor ratings and reviews which should help the user make an informed decision on the hotel bookings.
A very popular Trip app, Triposo almost functions as your travel guide providing you an idea on the places to travel in India. Some of the advantages of this app are – it has a very region specific information and even very detailed information on some popular destinations in India. The blessing in disguise is that the app also works offline. The app is equipped with weather updates and currency converter to make it very easy on the travel for the user. The app also provides reviews on places and guides on where to stay, relax, eat and do in a particular tourist destination. For the adventurer in you, this app is certainly a boon.
Software applications such as Tour management software, Booking engine software, Airline reservation system etc. are widely used to by traditional travel agents, online travel agents and suppliers such as airline companies, to create a wholesome travel experience for the avid traveller.