Planning a trip to India sometime soon? Apart from your passport and other legal documents, you must also keep handy some of the widely used apps in India. Right from hiring a taxi to reach your hotel/place of accommodation to savouring spicy Indian food, here are 18 apps that will make your stay in the exotic country much more memorable.
Railways are an integral part of travelling in India. In fact, your journey may remain incomplete if you don't experience this means of travel in India. Book your tickets, enquire about trains between stations, check the train schedule, get your ticket alerts and much more with the touch of a button on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) app.
Another popular app in India is RedBus that takes care of your bus travels. The simple interface of the app and frequent discounts make it a big hit in India. Sudden trips need not be a problem anymore, with the RedBus app.
3. Make My Trip
The reason we recommend using Make My Trip while in India is because the app does a great job of finding relevant flights at the best price. You can also use it to reserve hotel rooms, as well as for finding trains and buses.
4. Couchsurfing Travel App
Know India much better with locals by your side. Couchsurfing is for those who wish to see and understand India closely, through the eyes of an Indian. Use the app to find locals willing to lend a place for accommodation, explore the place with other travellers and lot more.
5. Tripigator – Trip Planner: Travel App India
Yes, Google Maps is great, but when in India, we suggest using Tripgator to find your way. Right from detailed information about the location to recommending the best route, the app does it all.
Food is an essential element of India, let the Zomato app help you find the best places around to devour the best of the food!
You can never have enough of food in India, so we have two more apps for you to help you get the taste of authentic Indian food – Swiggy and Foodpanda. Swiggy is popular for its swift delivery and real-time food tracking feature, while Foodpanda wins over with its discounts.
8. Booking Now
Personalised search option, street level directions and on-demand access to deals are just some of the features that make Booking Now a must-have app for hotel bookings.
9. Oyo Rooms
Travelling on a budget? We have got that an app for that too – Oyo Rooms. The app searches budget hotels for you offering amenities like TV, AC, complimentary breakfast, hygienic rooms, and Wi-Fi.
10. Ola Cabs/Meru Cabs/Uber
Book cabs and auto rickshaws in a jiffy with Ola Cabs, which will make traveling around the metros convenient. Uber does the same for you, while Meru Cab offers a fleet of private cars and also allows intra-city travel.
Want to know more about the cultural and historical significance of a monument, but don't want to hire a tourist guide for it? AudioCompass will do the job for you, at no extra cost at all! The best part? It works offline as well.
Find the best places to visit and the right places to stay at, with the user-friendly TripAdvisor app.
Another option for those tight on budget is Airbnb, which helps you find people offering their unoccupied house for accommodation.
Here's an app for just about anything – finding a dentist, a dance class or a spa – Justdial connects you with almost all the services in your area.
15. Book My Show
Don't miss on the hottest events in the city, download Book My Show to book tickets for concerts, movies, live performances, and what not!
16. Map My India
Another app to make sure that you don't lose your way in the small lanes of India is Map My India. Finding your way just got easy with this one.
17. World Travel Guide by Triposo
Triposo brings together all the information from Wikipedia, OpenStreetMaps and so on, about different cities to give you a compact travel guide, which can also be availed offline.
18.NDTV/Times of India
Stay updated on what's happening in the country or the city you are in, with the news apps like Times of India and NDTV offering real-time news.