Surajkund Mela 2010: Mid-end Hotel for Dignitaries, 5-Star for Public
Haryana Tourism Corporation Limited operates two hotels- Rajhans and Sunbird- within walking distance of the Surajkund Mela venue in Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana, India. However, Sunbird, the mid-end and budget resort, is already booked for government dignitaries. Rajhans offers five star facilities, so it is quite expensive. Rajhans tariff ranges from INR 2500.00 per day plus taxes to INR 14,000.00 per day, whereas Sunbird
Green Ratings for Himachal Pradesh Hotels
Most of us rush to hill stations during holidays, particularly in summers, for three reasons: to enjoy salubrious climate and serene landscape free of visual and other types of pollutions and to avail ourselves of the opportunity to sync with natural rhythm of life. However, popularity of a hill station robs it of all three essential qualities over-a-period of time and thereby need for intelligent destination planning arises.
The travel and tourism industry is waking up to this bitter truth. One of the recent examples is the initiative of Himachal Pradesh (India) government to rate the hotels using a set of authentic green parameters. The state tourism department is already working on the parameters for evolving a green rating system for the hotels. While rating the hotels, a number of parameters such as menu based on organic vegetables, use of solar energy and / or other renewable energy sources, rain harvesting, means for recycling biodegradable waste and eco-friendly sewage system will be considered.
Snarl-ups on Kufri-Chini Bangla Road Require Attention
Traffic jam is an eyesore in many popular (or “oversold”) serene destinations of Himachal Pradesh, including Kufri. Small green private vehicles should only be allowed on slim, 2-way, mountainous roads like one connecting Kufri-Chini Bangla-Chail. During holiday season and weekends, scores of big modern private vehicles ply on about 2-kilometer dusty road between Kufri and Chini Bangla. Two paid Himalayan Parking lots that fill up very fast are located along this road but tourist vehicles (buses and cars) unable to find place in the lots encroach upon the road, leaving very limited space for vehicle movement and causing grotesque snarl-ups. Horses also share this road with the vehicles and strong smell of dung fills the air after10-11 AM. Like “the Mall” and “the Ridge” in Shimla, a ban on private vehicles on this 2-km stretch could reduce congestion. Let only public buses going to and / or coming from Chail use the road as tourists wishing to visit Chail by their own vehicles can go via Kandaghat.
Next Time Ensure that Adventure Travel Company Meets BMS
Adventure travel is gaining momentum as a holiday option and a training tool for management executives. Due to risky nature of adventure activities apt safety measures are necessary. Participants should ensure that adventure service providers meet the Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) (http://www.incredibleindia.org/newsite/pdf/Basic_Minimum_Standards.pdf) defined by the Indian Government. For instance, travel companies organizing mountaineering expeditions should be registered with both Ministry of Tourism and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India.
Piping Hot Spicy Samosa(s): Perfect Snack for a Cold Day
In Chandigarh, on Saturday, mercury fell to 9.5 degree Celsius and fog hugged the city through out the day. On such chilly days, many people love to have one or two piping hot samosa (s), a popular north Indian snack made from potatoes and refined flour. I also ventured out to savor spicy hot samosas and found a number of people waiting to get samosas being fried at New Shiva Sweets in Sector30 Cmarket. Some of annoyed customers told the cook “We are waiting for long. Give us first”. In fact, the queues for fresh affordable yummy samosas are common at many sweet shops and huge kadais full of samosas become empty in a wink.
Travelers, Tourists Should Not Ignore Local Norms, Especially in Today’s World Where Terrorism is Very Common
Andy Pag’s green travel expedition in biofuel-driven bus came to a halt when he was taken to jail from Pushkar- a pilgrim center inRajasthan,India. He was having a satellite phone, carrying which is illegal in the country. The cops were alert in view of David Coleman Headley’s involvement in attacks on major Mumbai hotels in 2008. David, in fact, stayed in Pushkar for months together before the attacks.