Tripcrafters Launches Unique Online Marketplace Connecting Travelers with Specialist Travel Agents

Adding dollops of ease and convenience to travel planning, TripCrafters saves the day with a first of its kind travel service that plays match-maker between travelers and destination specialist travel companies.

Mumbai, India, March 11, 2012 --( Indian tourism can be just as overwhelming to a traveler as it is booming to the economy. The whole resolve of exploring new places or a casual holiday is escaping chaos, monotony and anxiety. And if you are working up a fit planning your trip, the whole point of a rejuvenating holiday is lost. That’s where TripCrafters, a unique travel portal started in Mumbai, India is proving to be a blessing for Indian and international vacationers alike. TripCrafters is an online travel marketplace that connects travelers with travel companies who specialize in the specific destinations and experiences that travelers are looking for – completely free of cost.

In 2010, a bunch of travel enthusiasts came together to simplify the task of planning trips for international travelers to India as well as India travelers to other destinations. A new concept altogether, TripCrafters is less talk, more action. Travelers can simply go to the website and submit their requirements in a form that takes about 2-3 minutes to complete. Depending on their destinations and services they need, travelers get up to 3 customized travel plans and quotes from companies who specialize in their specific trip requirements. The service is completely free for travelers, and they are free to choose from the different trip options they receive, with no obligation to make bookings.

“TripCrafters was created to address the pain that travelers go through while planning and booking their vacations. It is quite a task if you’re looking to choose something other than the plain-vanilla readymade tour packages on offer,” says Umang Dhanuka, co-founder and chief technology officer for TripCrafters. “It requires a lot of research and hours spent identifying good and reliable companies that don’t charge you a bomb. We have all gone through this frustration…and we thought there has to be a better way to do this. That’s how the idea of TripCrafters was born.”

For Veenita Singh, TripCrafters came to the rescue when she was busy wondering how to go about planning her trip from Singapore to Kerala, India. “Our trip was well planned and executed in a short period of request,” says Veenita. “We were connected with a company named Destination India, and our travel consultant Mr. Lateef did his best to accommodate every request. He understood our needs right from the beginning and every villa, cottage and houseboat were of quality and value for money. We would like to thank them for making our Kerala holiday a wonderful memory.”

Another satisfied traveler, Ashish Kalyanpur of Bangalore (India) says, “We found a travel agency named Travel Links via TripCrafters for our trip to South Africa and Kenya. It was quite an expensive holiday so we had to plan carefully. I must say that all the organizing was exceptional, no complains whatsoever. I have not interacted with an agency their size which is so professional.” He continues, “I think TripCrafters are doing what has been a missed opportunity in India, helping people choose travel operators and reviewing them so others can benefit. I am an absolute believer in sites like TripAdvisor which are unbiased and want to help the customer who has a lot of money to risk. TripCrafters is along the same lines and I would certainly refer to friends & family.”

With a focused and zingy interface, the TripCrafters website asks the user to feed in their choice of destination and other details of their trip. Travelers can get as specific as including their food preferences, special occasions such as a honeymoon, or even specific activities they want to pursue. The requirements are then forwarded to a select group of companies best suited for the trip, from a network of over 500 travel companies that TripCrafters works with. Up to three companies then contact the travelers directly to further discuss their plans before giving them customized plans and quotes.

If you feel like giving it a try, get on to and get cracking on your next holiday destination.

Happy Discovering.

Rajiv Kalra