Whether you’re headed to a new city on business or are coming to the country for the first time, traveling in India can be overwhelming. There are dozens of travel apps out there to help you find deals, book tickets and discover attractions while exploring new places in the subcontinent, but it’s hard to separate the useful from the mediocre.
To save yourself some time, check out our top 10 travel apps to use in India and spend more time actually enjoying your trip instead of planning it.
Helpchat – Personal concierge apps like HelpChat make you life easier wherever you are, but are especially useful when you’re visiting a new city. Use this app to do anything from booking cabs and finding transportation deals to recharging data and ordering food—all in one place.
WiFire – This handy app allows you to discover public WiFi hotspots around you and then connect without needing to enter a password or fill in a web form. This is especially useful while traveling given that the app supports automatic login at Starbucks, railway stations and most major airports across India.
PackPoint – For those who always seem to forget important items when packing for a trip, PackPoint is the much needed packing list organizer for you! Input information such as length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned, and the app will create and organize a recommended packing list.
NaviMaps – From India’s leader in digital maps MapMyIndia, NaviMaps provides immersive 3D maps and step-by-step directions down to the house address level. Also includes real-time traffic updates, offline functionality and support for 10 regional languages.
Ridlr – The go-to app for ticketing, timetables and other information on public transportation in India’s six major metro areas. With extensive support for the overwhelming number of transport options (like the Metro, Local Trains, Monorail, BEST and NMMT buses in Mumbai), this is an excellent way to plan your commute or save some money while visiting a new city.
Cleartrip – If you’re looking to book flights, trains, hotels or even fun activities at your destination, Cleartrip provides an incredibly simple interface to do so. It has an official tie-up with IRCTC, which makes for a much simpler train booking experience than on Indian Railway’s clunky online portal.
Expensify – As a business traveler, keeping track of expense reports while traveling can be a pain. Expensify simplifies the process by allowing you to manually track expenses, scan receipts and easily create reports. Also includes features such as currency conversion, tracking time or mileage, among others.
Audiocompass – Next time you’re taking a visit to the Taj or exploring the forts of Rajasthan, drop the old-fashioned guide book and try out this interactive travel app. It includes guided audio tours of attractions from Kerala to Kashmir, serving you relevant information and nearby attractions based off your location. Most guides are paid, but you will get a free 30 sec preview.
Tripigator – A wonderful travel planning app, Tripigator allows you to build customized itineraries by aggregating information on the best destinations, accommodations and deals. Easily collaborate with other travelers on your trip and see your itinerary displayed in a sleek, easy-to-use interface.
Google Translate – Translate up to 90 foreign languages to English by typing, drawing, speaking or even taking real-time photos of the words you don’t know. Supports Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Telagu, Urdu and plenty of others outside of India.