Features Monday, November 03, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 3, 2014 | 8.23 pm IST The new travel app launched by the Ministry of Tourism is good enough for the average traveller, but it has several drawbacks that might not attract a person with a hectic job who only has time for the impromptu getaway. Called 'tripigator', the Android app comes after the ministry’s earlier attempt at making an online presence with the Incredible India app. The new app is definitely worth checking out but in spite of theadequate amount of travel information made available on this app, it fails to be a hollisitc travel organizer for someone who believes in impromptu trips. The new app allows its users to plan a trip with the additional feature of picking interests from the location of travel. It also allows the user to decide the kind of budget he or she would want to travel to these locations. The interests that can be picked for the travel ranges from adventure, culture family, friends, lifestyle, nature, romantic, spiritual and wildlife which makes it quite useful while narrowing down the places one would want to visit.  Apart from having a modern look, the application also features the option of selecting the energy level of the trip which varies from relaxed, normal and active for those who don’t know the kind of mind set they would want to be on their trips. How does the app work? Type in the name of the destination you would want to visit which also requires the dates on which you would be visiting and the mode of transport you would. Also add other information like interests, number of travellers and the kind of budget you would want to travel. The budget category ranges from budget travel plans to luxurious travel plans.  Once all of the above mentioned information is filled, the app recommends the best possible option for the traveller to travel to that location inclusive of costs incurred.  In addition to the information provided the user also has the option of sharing his or her itinerary with all their friends on various social media platforms. Where does the app fail? The app fails to facilitate any kind of online booking which a lot of the other travel apps currently available on the android market provide. It does not list any of the government owned hotels or lodges.  It also does not provide basic listing of government owned bus services which would have boosted the feasibility of using the application extensively. It is not different in terms of content being provided by any other travel app available in the android market.
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