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Written by Parul |
February 3, 2009 1:07:48 am

Best Bargains,unbiased reviews,shopping options,travel plans,updates on hotels tarrifs,personalized experiences…travel enthusiasts can look forward to customized solutions,as travel portals offer more than just information on destinations,hotels and airfares. “The idea is to empower the users and help them make a decision and not just trust a portal blindly,’’ Vikas,Director of Zoomtra.com,an online travel search engine which promises to provide complete information right from the start to a travel plan. “We are not a selling agency and don’t impose travel offers,but provide users with detailed knowledge on travelling,with our state-of-the-art technology letting the users filter,sort and compare all options shown,assisting for unbiased comparison and budget planning,’’ adds Vikas. They have recently launched a destination and travel review application,India Dekha on Orkut and Facebook,which collects public reviews about various places in India and allows users to select a destination,review and rate it. The platform travel blogs,which is a collection of hand-picked blogs written by eminent travel bloggers of the country,adds Vikas. It gives a first-hand account of the places they’ve been to,the hotels they’ve stayed at,things to do,places to visit et al. “The bloggers put down all of this and it’s an unbiased opinion for others,” with the portal asking questions on a map of India (India Dekha) and inviting contributions from travellers to micro-blog!

The comparison of fares from all domestic airlines,choice of over 4,500 hotels for the best price,partnership with 40 portals in India for comprehensive travel information…are the other features which can make travel an affordable option. Nods Amit Saberwal,Vice President,Business Development,MakeMyTrip.com,who adds that the portal has unique feature which can help travel enthusiasts make their own travel plan without any sweat. “All our hotels are reviewed by travellers,’’ Amit talks about OkTataByeBye.com,an online travel community. The community is about travel in India and the best places to find and share experiences and travel advice on India. “It enables travellers to capture and share travelogues,photos,features and recommendations with friends,family and members. “The quality of content helps travellers make quick decisions and it’s a reference point for travellers,with the membership having grown to over 50,000,’’ Amit adds there are over 5,000 hotel reviews and a bank of user-contributed information and experiences.

Likewise,TripAdvisor,a travel community site owned by US-based online travel community Expedia features traveller reviews and opinions on hotels,destinations,packages,vacations…”What makes us different is that we have product reviews of hotels and places by people who have stayed there and travellers can use these candid comments to decide where to check in,by reading detailed comments and viewing photographs too,’’ Sharat Dhall,Managing Director of TripAdvisor India agrees that accommodation is an area where people face the biggest disappointments. Hotels and destinations all over the world and not just in India is what you can scrutinize and according to Sharat,they have more than a million users making choices from all over the world. “We don’t make bookings for hotels or flights,but assist people in making wise travel deals beforehand. Our mantra is,get the truth and then go. So you have the rants and raves,’’ adds Dhall. Log in.

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