Travel portals make it easy to book air and rail tickets from the comfort of your home. Travel portals also make it easy to compare the ticket and hotel room rates from different service providers and select the cheapest among them. Increasing disposable incomes and the resulting boom in air travel led to the fast growth of travel portals in India over the last decade. While we have homegrown brands like MakeMyTrip and Yatra, global biggies like Expedia too are now trying to improve their market share. Below are the best travel portals in India:
Since its inception in the year 2000, MakeMyTrip has grown to be the top travel portal in India. Its fast growth over the last decade also made it one of the most successful E commerce companies in India. You can book your air travel tickets, train tickets, and make hotel reservations through MakeMyTrip with just a click. Other services provided by the portal are booking of cars and holiday packages from various travel agencies. The portal has a very simple and fluid user interface. Comparison of ticket rates from different airlines and hotels is very easy. MakeMyTrip.com shows the air and hotel reservation rates in an order starting from the cheapest to the most expensive. The portal also offers discount coupons and a reward program called ‘Trip Rewards’ for regular customers.
Founded in 2006, Yatra.com is another homegrown travel portal based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Over the years it has emerged as the second largest travel portal in India after MakeMyTrip.com with a market share of 30 percent. Like MakeMyTrip.com, Yatra.com too offers all kinds of travel service like booking of air tickets, hotel reservations, and holiday packages. But the interface of the site is poor and the site often gets struck. Yatra.com acquired another major travel portal Travelguru.com from Travelocity Global in the year 2012 and made it its 100 percent subsidiary. Travelguru.com was a travel portal mainly focusing on hotel room bookings. As a result of the acquisition of Travelguru.com, Yatra.com emerged as one of the travel portal with the highest number of hotel rooms available for booking.
Expedia.co.in is the Indian arm of one of the leading travel company in the world, the Washington (USA) based Expedia, Inc. Expedia sells flight tickets an hotel rooms for both domestic and international destinations. Being a relatively late entrant (it started Indian operations in 2008), the portal still doesn’t match the number of hotels available on MakeMyTrip. But Expedia differentiates itself with a promise of offering the cheapest price for any hotel room. If you can find a better on the same hotel room, it will refund the difference and will also give you a free coupon worth Rs. 2,500 which can be utilized for future bookings. Its unique ‘Weekend Gateways’ section which offers quick hotel bookings in major tourist centers across India is unique and worth giving a try.
Founded in the year 2006, ClearTrip.com is another leading and fast growing travel portal in India. True to its name the portal has the most simple and uncluttered interfaces among all the travel portals in India. Simple interface doesn’t mean any lesser number of services. ClearTrip offers the same range of services as the other top travel portals in India. Its Cleartrip coupons offer very good offers on ticket bookings and hotel reservations. People who are new to online ticket booking can try this portal.