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90di.com launches natural language search for travel

We have just released text based search on our website. In this feature you can submit your search query in simple text and you will be shown relevant search results. So it is no longer necessary to fill in a detailed search form and submit. You can quickly type in a few words and search your route/fare. This feature is aimed at giving our users the flexibility to search more targeted and filtered routes (And also aimed for people who hate using mouse). To illustrate this let us see some examples of how this can be used:

Normal search: A normal search query can look like

Bangalore To Delhi on 5th October

Now you can have more targeted search strings as

Bangalore To Delhi on 28th October by train

Or

Bangalore To Delhi on Oct 29  by Flight

Or instead you can write

Bangalore to Delhi on next Tuesday

Or

Bangalore to Delhi on 25/10/2008

People more familiar and comfortable with airport and station codes can search like,

SBC NDLS train sunday

You can even just type

Bangalore to Delhi

Or if you just want to check the schedule of a train you can search by typing train name or number like,

Sanghamitra Express schedule

Or just the train or flight number,

2951

There are many more ways you can construct your query and I am sure you will find this by giving it a try. And as always we will eagerly wait for your suggestion/feedback about this feature.

Incidentally this feature release coincides with the 1st anniversary of 90DI website release.

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18 Responses to “90di.com launches natural language search for travel”

  1. Kapil Says:

    This is super cool. Kudos!!

    You might want to test the AJAX search more thoroughly. It sometimes does not refresh the search results after the search query has been changed.

  2. Dr. GBKS Prasad Says:

    The facility is more userfriendly and easy to access the desired information

  3. Mohanlal Mukherjee Says:

    I am unable to find a train from Howrah to Benares on 3rd Oct,2008

  4. khushnood Says:

    @Mr. Mukherjee
    Actually the search would have worked if you had given Varanasi …
    But now it should work for Benares too.
    Try it out:
    http://www.90di.com/travel/#search_type%3Dfreetext%26search_query%3DHowrah%20to%20Benares%20on%203rd%20Oct%2C2008

  5. Mukesh Verma Says:

    Great Site.. its very helpful to see all possible ways to reach your destination in a single search page.. Keep it up.. you people have long way to go….

  6. akash moitra Says:

    how i search tatkal

  7. admin Says:

    Hi,
    You can get the train availability by clicking on the “Get Availability” link in the route details right hand side.
    In case your train is within the next 7 days and the seat is in waiting list. We automatically show a link to CRIS site which can tell you the Tatkal availability for that particular train. Just try that out.

    Thanks!

  8. admin Says:

    @Mukesh
    Thanks for your generous comments and encouragement!!

  9. PRASAD.S.S. Says:

    DEAR FRIEND
    I WANT TO TRAVEL THROUHOUT INDIA, ALONG WITH MY WIFE, FROM MARCH IST 2009 ONWARDS.MY PLANIS LIKE THIS

    HYDERABAD STARTING
    PURI
    KOLKATA
    DARJEELING
    VARANASI
    HARIDWAR RISHIKESH
    KURUSHETRA
    AMRITSAR
    DELHI
    AGRA
    MADHURA
    JAIPUR
    JAISALMIR
    UDAYPUR
    NATDWARA
    MUMBAI
    MANGLORE
    TRISOOR
    COIMBATOTRE
    PALANI
    RAMESWARAM
    TIRUCHENDUR
    CHENNAI
    HYDERABAD

    I AM PLANING TO STAY FOR TWO DAYS AT EACH STOP MAKING ROUGHLY
    45 TO 60 DAYS VISIT
    AS I AM TRAVELING IN SUMMER I PREFER TO TRAVEL BY 3 AC
    PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE SHORTEST ROUTE WITH TRAIN FACILITY
    I PREFER TO TRAVEL BY NIGHT TRAINS WHEREVER POSSIBLE

    AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW CAN I GET A CIRCULAR TICKET CONCESSION

    THANKING YOU

    PRASAD S S

  10. admin Says:

    Dear Mr. Prasad,

    Whoa! That’s quite a tour.

    I suggest, you contact some local & good travel agent of your choice to do the bookings etc. That should be the best and easiest for you. You could also pick up a travel agent from this page (http://www.90di.com/travelagent/) if this has your city (If its Hyderabad, then we have it).

    Before that: What you could do is try to create your itinerary using the “Plan My Trip” feature we have. Just go to our home page and click on “Plan My Trip”. You should be able to create your tour and also choose an available train of your choice for each of the legs of the journey. Even for some legs if it doesn;t show the correct train you can leave that journey leg half filled (i.e. without the train details) and your travel agent should be able to advise you regarding that.

    Once you have planned it. You can email your itinerary to yourself (or your travel agent). You can save it Or take a printout of your tour.

    PLEAS NOTE: You need to register with us first, before you can save/email your trip from the “Plan My Trip”. You can register by clicking on the “Register” link on the top right corner of our home page.

    We can help you out with the planning part too. If you save your trip and mail it to our feedback@90di.com id.

    Hope this is useful.

    Have a nice trip!!

  11. AVKG SASTRY Says:

    Excellent and very useful site.

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks Mr. Sastry!

  13. Niyaz Says:

    Awesome site. Keep up the good work guys.
    Please add Calicut (= Kozhikkode) to your database.
    Thanks.

  14. admin Says:

    Thanks Niyaz! The alias of Kozhikode to Calicut is now created.

  15. nice! Says:

    Bookmarked! I’ll be back, great job.

  16. Florence Italy Says:

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader.

  17. Florence Italy Says:

    Look forward to reading more from you in the future,keep up the good work.

  18. chandrika Says:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to travel from Chennai-New delhi-Kalka-Kullu-Manali-Rotonpaz. Kindly tell me the itenerary report. All these routes by train only. Kindly advice by my return mail.

    thanks

    Chandrika

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