Is is impossible to think of traveling today without a smart travel app. Whether you want to book a hotel room, or find your way around a new destination, having an app handy on your smartphone can make all the difference between a good relaxing trip and a harassing one.
In this post, we share a list of some of the most useful and best travel apps that you ought to be carrying on your Android when you pack your bags and decide to take a trip around India.
Best Travel Apps for Your Indian Sojourns
This is a GPS powered map app that offers turn by turn navigation for off-the-road trips. It uses topographic maps to guide walkers and bikers explore off-the-beaten paths data to get the best views. Komoot provides information on the surface, distance, elevation of overall difficulty of the path you’re taking. It will also track how far you’ve travelled, how much is yet to be covered and places along the way you can stop to grab a tasty bite or catch a good view. If you discover a cool spot, you can capture some cool photos of the place and recommend it to fellow users of the app.
Komoot also allows users to download maps for offline use so you don’t have to depend on weak internet connections to get around. Some region maps are available for free but others can be downloaded only after payment of a small fee.
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Apparently about 22 lakh train tickets are booked in India everyday and about a third of them are waitlisted. That’s probably the reason you find yourself forever waiting for your ticket to be confirmed. Confirmtkt is an app that promises to save you the mental torture of worrying about the issue. Based on your PNR information, the app will predict your chances of getting a confirmed ticket and offering you alternate travel options when your chances of getting the ticket are low. The app also has tons of other features such as train schedules and running statuses, alternative ways to get ticket in same Indian rail train, fare enquiry and calculator and more.
Launched in early 2015 Rooms Tonite from a Bengaluru based company aims to help you find last minute hotel bookings for not more than a 3 day stay. The app lists hotels from 300+ destinations in India with more inventories being regularly added to the list. You can find hotel deals in all categories, Comfort, Premium and Luxury and you’ll receive 100% booking confirmation directly from the hotel within minutes. Simply, select a destination, view the choice of hotels, check out all the features of the hotel and see its location on the integrated map and then book via secured payment gateway. You might want to be a little cautious with the app though as there have been issues with confirmations.
Tripoto Travel App
Tripoto is a unique travel app that helps you sift through travel itineraries written by fellow travellers. You’ll find real photos, maps and guides to over 20K destinations in India and 200K places across the world. You can also create and share your own travel experiences with others.
You can discover holidays, hidden travel destinations, weekend getaways, backpacking guides, places to stay, and plan trips to suit your budget and style. The Near me feature lets you find events and interesting places to visit wherever you are holidaying so you never be at a loss for things to do.
I doubt anyone would survive anywhere without TripAdvisor. This app is packed with honest reviews, opinions, videos and photos by travelers so you know all those glitzy photos you saw in the magazines were probably not as close to the real thing. There’s also information on a whole lot of stuff such as the lowest airfare, best hotels and restaurants, fun things to do wherever you go and booking options to plan your trip. You can also look up the forums for any specific question you may have about your travel.
Can’t decide what you need to take on a camping trip? Need to make sure you haven’t missed anything for your bicycle adventure. It is impossible to keep a mental list of things you need for your travels. Just grab Packing Pro and check out all the prelisted items so you don’t have to worry about missing an important travel item anymore. There’s a free and a premium version depending on your travel needs and options to connect to TripIt to make your packing more organized.
WeatherPro available both as a free and paid version lets you see the forecast for up to 7 days and offers information in an easy-to-read UI. The app can be quite comprehensive with information available on wind, precipitations, extreme weather warnings, weather photos, webcams and more. What’s cool about the app is that you can get forecasts in periods of 3 hours for up to 3 days in advance.
The Indian subcontinent is a language potpourri, but you get by in most places with some knowledge of Hindi and English. This translator app does a pretty decent job of helping you speak phrases in Hindi or other Indian language and have it translated in English or another Indian language. Best part, you can even get your answers translated in English. Translations can also saved locally offline for use later.
There are dozens and dozens of travel apps available in the Play Store? Which ones have helped you most in your travels? Do share them with us in the comments section.0