7 Porter-Hiring Tips for Expeditions to H.P.
Porters play an important role in success of an adventure expedition. While hiring porters for the expedition to Himachal Pradesh (H.P.), consider the following rules defined in the Himachal Pradesh Climbing / Trekking Porters (Regulation Of Employment) Act, 1977:
- Porters shall be registered with the Mountaineering Institute Manali, Kullu District.
- Since the institute maintains a register of eligible porters, you can contact it.
- The institute issues an identity card to fit and registered porters.
- There are three (3) classes of porters: A, B and C.
- Class A porters may participate in all climbing / trekking expeditions irrespective of altitude.
- Class B porters can join the expeditions going up to 19,000 feet (5,758 meters).
- Class C porters are eligible for the expeditions visiting up to 13,500 feet (4,090 meters).
With online application of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.), you can purchase an e-ticket (s) for several big and small destinations located in Himachal Pradesh (H.P.). You can even book a ticket online at 8.00 PM for the bus departing at 9.00 PM, but you have to approach the booking counter at the bus stand for purchasing the ticket less than an hour before the departure. The flexible online application is available for buses starting from Bajinath, Chamba, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Haridwar, Kangra, Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Mcleodganj, Palampur and Shimla. You can choose from ordinary, deluxe and air conditioned (A.C.) buses depending on the destination. Book the ticket for a holiday in Himachal Pradesh.
You can also purchase bus tickets at the website of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.). The corporation offers luxury bus service from New Delhi to several places within the state. For instance, non-A.C. deluxe and Volvo A.C. buses ply to Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla.
Where can you find registered hotels in H.P.?
Finding a reliable accommodation in a popular holiday destination is a tough task. Popular destinations like Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) offer an array of hotels. To find the most suitable hotel in H.P., you can refer to the district wise list of registered hotels published at the official website of the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh. Each hotel entry consists of hotel name, physical address, contact number, total number of rooms and daily tariff range. Browse through the hotels’ list (http://himachaltourism.gov.in/post/Hotels-in-Kangra-1-30.aspx) and contact the hotel selected for the latest tariff.
If you love sweet smell of forests and wet earth, and like to share natural habitat of wildlife, stay in forest rest houses (F.R.Hs) or inspection huts (I.Hs) located across Himachal Pradesh (H.P.). These accommodations are very affordable, though less in number compare to modern hotels. However, there are scenic destinations devoid of hotels. In these areas, only lodging option is a forest rest house, inspection hut or camping ground. The number of rooms in F.R.Hs varies from one (1) to five (5). You can browse the district-wise list of F.R.Hs and I.Hs in Himachal Pradesh. The list also contains the booking office’s address. Select the F.R.H. and contact the booking office.