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Travel planning startup Routofy raises funding from Snapdeal founders and Nikunj Jain

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Barely a year old, Routofy, a travel itinerary portal, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Snapdeal cofounders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal and Nikunj Jain, founder of Frankly.me, reports VCCircle. The report adds that the funding will go towards expansion of the team and enhancing Routofy’s technology. They are working on an Android app which should be released in a month.

Filtration of information 

Combining search for flights, trains, buses and cabs, Routofy lets a user find connections to towns and villages, too. It offers search filters of price, duration and departure, and what it calls a “Wow” filter, which is a combination of “price, duration, stops, delays and comfort”.  The startup uses data like train delays, transit times, check in and wait times to throw up a host of results. It focuses on comparing different modes of transport in a single search including indirect and ground-based transport. Earning revenue through affiliates, Routofy directs the user to sites where they can book their travel and stay. Gupta said in the VCCircle report that since it is a one step process of directing users to other websites, it is more useful for mobile users.

Competition:

There isn’t much, though Cleartrip allows users to select travel options (bus and trains have a separate search) and travel and stay options (combined) with a Flickr (Small World travel guide) and TripAdvisor-integrated (reviews). It is also tied with IRCTC to offer train bookings in India. About a year and a half ago, it launched a beta of Waytogo, a search platform for all modes of transport worldwide.

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