India is truly a traveller’s dream come true. Love the mountains? Check out the Himalayas. Want to get closer to God? Pilgrimage towns beckon you. Love beaches? Check out the coasts and the Andaman and Lakshadweep islands. Love to try new cuisines? Each city has something unique for your palate.
Travelling to India will become a lot more convenient and enjoyable, if you have the following apps installed on your smartphone:
Offered by MakeMyTrip.com, the MakeMyTrip mobile app (free) lets you book flight tickets, bus tickets and hotel rooms on your smartphone/tablet without any hassles. Furthermore, the app lets you save money through great combo deals on flight tickets and hotel rooms.
While flights are suitable for travelling from one city to another, buses are ideal for travelling around cities. Buses are preferable if you want to visit places like the vilage of Mattur in Karnataka, where Sanskrit is still used for day-to-day communication, or Sagar Island in West Bengal, where the River Ganga finally merges into the Bay of Bengal. You can book international and domestic flights through this app, and check out a wide range of hotel deals – ranging from low-cost B&Bs, to posh 5-star hotels all over the country.
If you love beaches, then your Indian trip should cover all the coastal states. If you are searching for spiritual solace, then you will probably travel to places like Varanasi, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Rameshwaram. Pub hopping is best done in Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. The North Eastern states are ideal for back-to-nature camping trips.
With so many options, keeping track of your trip schedule can become very difficult. The TripIt Travel Organizer app (free) uses the confirmation emails from hotels, airlines, car rental agencies and restaurants to create a detailed schedule of your trip automatically.
With this app in your hand, you can enjoy India to the fullest, without having to worry about keeping track of your next journey or destination.
India’s multiple languages and dialects is a testament to the country’s unity in diversity. However, it complicates matters for vacationers and travellers. If you want to avoid being at the mercy of your travel guide (especially when venturing off the beaten track), you might want to consider the Hindi Dictionary + app (free) which is available for iPhone and iPad.
Hindi is spoken and understood virtually all over the country, particularly in the urban centres. This app translates English words and phrases into Hindi and vice versa, and offers assistance in getting the right pronunciation. With this app in your smartphone, you can proceed beyond the cities and check out India’s towns and villages, even if you don’t know the local language.