Poorly Maintained Car, Rude Driver

Traveling by rental cars saves time and enhances comfort but drivers could be a big nuisance. Do not give them plenty of rope and money in advance. On April 2, 2010, we hired an Indica for Kharapathar, Himachal Pradesh (HP),Indiafrom Raja Tourist and Taxi Service,Chandigarhfor INR 4140.00. The deal covered…

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Snarl-ups on Kufri-Chini Bangla Road Require Attention

Snarl-ups on Kufri-Chini Bangla Road Require Attention

rp_TravelExperiencesBad.pngTraffic 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.

Kullu Bus Stand Needs to Improve Basic Facilities

 

Kullu Bus Stand Needs to Improve Basic Facilities

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Recently announced new ‘Kullu-Manali Mega Tourism Promotion Circuit’ worth INR 50.00 crores is a welcome step because the state government needs to improve existing basic infrastructure on oversold Kullu-Manali circuit. For instance, the entry point, main Kullu Bus Stand, is in shabby state. It does not even have public conveniences like clean wash rooms and waiting rooms. One more important thing requires attention. Though buses arrive at and depart from the stand as early as 4 A.M., almost all counters and shops open after 6 A.M.

 

Shabby Shimla Youth Hostel

If you are looking for a budget hotel in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, do not stay at Shimla Youth Hostel (YH) located in an old house on a narrow street. I booked a deluxe room for one night stay during May 2006 in advance, but I was given a dingy room…

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