Travelling is serious business. It is absolutely impossible to just wing everything during a trip to some place new. Careful planning done in advance will help you make the most of any trip. Travelling in India is a different experience altogether. The country is so diverse in clothing, food, culture and customs that you might keep exploring for years and still not be able to see the entire country. But let us make this a little easy for you. Here are some useful travel apps that will help you make each trip worth it.

Multipurpose Travel Apps

Multipurpose travel apps are a great resource, packing all information in one place. The following apps show international budget flights as well as recommend cities from which one can travel to get the most economical fares.

1. Sky Scanner

2. Kayak

3. Ixigo

4. Google

5. Matrix

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Roof Over Your Head

Not everyone recommends using one app for booking transportation and hotels. This might be because you get a good rate only when you club certain hotels with certain flights. There are quite a few app options when it comes to booking hotels.

Booking Now has one of the easiest interfaces when it comes to travel apps. You can book a room and pay when you check out after your stay. They even let you cancel for free on certain bookings. The app serves big and small cities all over the country.

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More recently, Couchsurfing and Airbnb have taken off in major metropolitan cities. If you want to ditch the hotels and stay somewhere different, these are the apps we recommend you download. Both these apps work internationally as well, so next time you travel out of the country, you will already be armed with the right tech. OYO Rooms is another useful travel app to have on your phone, especially if you are travelling on a budget.

Anywhere And Everywhere

Flight, check. Hotel, check. Transportation? Fear not, we have apps for that as well. These travel apps work in most Indian cities and are worth a shot, especially if you don’t want to haggle with a local taxi. Uber and Ola work quite well in the country. Most big to medium sized cities are connected to the app. The option to pay in cash at the end of your ride works well for a lot of people. Meru Cabs is another great app to find yourself a taxi quickly. The only drawback is the surge pricing in Uber, and for that reason, you might want to have one of the other apps handy.

Travelling via train? Indian Railways has rolled out the IRCTC Connect App lets you book train tickets, go through schedules and see updates about train schedules.

Sightseeing Travel Apps

Now that the logistics are out of the way, let us get to the crux of the matter, exploration! Triposo provides city-specific guides. The India Travel Guide is quite useful to have on your phone as well. The strength of the app lies in its ability to let users create their own itineraries, offers offbeat places to see and suggests restaurants too!

Thrillophilia is a wonderful app for those of you who like dabbling in local activities, from tea plantation tours to river rafting. The app is unique because it picks interesting local activities for users, along with ratings and reviews. For those of you who love exploring, Audiocompass is the app to have. It has been developed with support from Ministry of Tourism, India and offers paid audio guides to popular tourist spots in the country.

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 Have you downloaded and used any of these travel apps? Let us know which one was your favourite to use!

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