ixigo has acquihired IndianBackpacker.com, a leading community for budget travelers, for an undisclosed amount.
As a part of the deal, Akshay Chhugani, Founder & CEO of The Indian Backpacker will also be joining ixigo as “Head, Traveller Communities”.
A travel enthusiast since he was 16, Akshay has stayed at Ashrams, trekked to the hills, tried out local street food at small towns and made new friends from across the globe. In a short time, he made IndianBackpacker.com a credible source of information and bookings for backpackers coming to India.
His passion was to popularize India as a backpacking destination and to create awareness about the beauty, culture and heritage of this country. He has earlier worked with WNS as a travel expert for Travelocity.com. Akshay’s previous projects also include working with companies like Exposure Media Marketing (which publishes Selling World Travel magazine), Eventus India and Aegis Global Vantedge. Apart from that he has Volunteered actively with Yuvraj Singh Foundation, YouWeCan and was heading all their Alliances and Communications.
ixigo recently received investment from Micromax and is looking to grow five-fold to reach over 30 million monthly active mobile users by the end of 2016.