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Top 10 travel websites in India

June 4, 2011 - Travel Wire Asia

India’s eCommerce pie is worth Rs. 47,000 crore a year and online travel takes a sweet Rs. 37890 crores out of it. Internet traffic is growing apace too. Comscore report says that there is a 32% overall surge in traffic to the travel websites and Indian railways catering and eTicketing website IRCTC get the maximum eyeballs.

It is almost a second coming for eCommerce in India. Travel websites are one of the things people go online for. Travel websites hog 80% of India’s eCommerce rupees. Indian railways or IRCTC is the epicenter of this revolution and a premier destination online. It has been the poster child of eCommerce in India. When it comes to travel websites it leaves everyone behind. The success of IRCTC is not because of its great user interface or super responsive website. It is because of the backbone called Indian railways which runs more than 10,000 trains traversing India. Rail is the most affordable mode of transportation and the low cost flying which Capt. Gopinath kick started did not dent Indian railways even a wee bit.

18.5 million online users visited a travel website in April 2011. 8.4 million visitors landed on IRCTC. MakeMyTrip, Yatra, Cleartrip and Expedia make up the top 5. Interesting addition to the list is Redbus.in which provides online ticketing for various private buses plying across the country. Redbus.in is the IRCTC for buses.

Here are the top 10 travel websites in India:

MakeMyTrip, which went for an IPO recently, is holding a tight grip on the aviation market. MakeMyTrip might never come close to Indian Railway’s dominant position but holding to its own is no mean task.  Given the current state of Indian aviation, MakeMyTrip’s growth is commendable. MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and Expedia almost fall in the same place. Redbus and Indian Railways are the only two websites which don’t have competition in sight. For Indian Railways the competition might never come as Indian railways in government monopoly. Bus segment can use some competition but Redbus seems to be too far ahead. Come next year, Redbus might crawl two to three places up the ladder.

Source : Comscore

Top 10 travel websites in India
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  • Amit Kumar Singh

    Well this is great to see how Makemytrip & Red bus are competing in bus ticketing section, Well redbus is a clear winner (with 60% market share) followed with Abhibus & travel yari (both share 15% market share each).

    Well i just came across trabol.com ( http://www.trabol.com/ )which is one of the travel guide & they give best deals on bus ticket followed with suggestion list of “top hangout place in India”. http://www.trabol.com/s/scp/hangouts

    • Aarti Reddy

      i am a frequent traveler and all my bookings happen at the last minute. Hence, no other go i chose buses as a best means of transport. Coming to the website refereed i have been using all of them, but i completely agree with the above statement as coming to the price part Trabol.com does not charge any extra amount for the booking which means transparent fare.

      • Amit Kumar Singh

        Hey Aarti, you shared the USP of the website, it seems you are part of Trabol family(who use trabol on regular basis for booking bus ticket at last minute). Well as you are pretty much aware of booking part, i just want to grab your attention on “Top hangout places in India”.

        Well as valentine is on the way you or your friends can make best use of hangout location, so this link will help you http://www.trabol.com/s/cp/hangouts

      • Raj Khanna

        Hey why not try some other site also, as you are belong to last time booking category.
        Well i check the sites which you people have mentioned it, looks good. I just came with the offer which they have on every seat which we book.
        As i just booked one from Bangalore to Chennai on 5th February 2015, and got a discount of 8%.
        Thank you @Aarti Reddy & Amit for sharing this piece of information.

  • Raj Khanna

    hey thank you for spreading light on HolidayIQ, they are shooting mail with some great offers. I follow them on regular basis.

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