‘Heavenly Himachal-Buy 1 Get 1 Free’, Shimla Manali tour package is the Best Selling tour package released by Thomas Cook. In this article, we will be decoding ‘Heavenly Himachal-Buy 1 Get 1 Free’, Shimla Manali tour package in terms of its economic viability, accommodations whether far or close to the city center, and various other aspects that matter to tourists.
The Shimla Manali tour package has been designed for 6 nights and 7 days at a starting price of Rs. 18495 per adult.
On the day of arrival, some point in Delhi is going to be the meeting point for all the tourists, arriving from various locations. The road journey to Himachal Pradesh will start from this point onwards.
The brief itinerary as mentioned in the package is –
Day 1 Road journey from Delhi to Manla Resorts or similar in Shimla. It’s a 340 km (8 hrs) drive which includes a 113 km (3hrs) hill drive via NH5 in Himachal. The package includes the dinner in Manla Resorts or similar.
Day 2 Post breakfast, the guests will visit Naldhra, Kufri & Mall Road. Those who wish to visit Jakhoo Temple will hire shared taxis on their own to reach Jakhoo temple. On return to Hotel complimentary dinner will be offerred.
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Day 3 After an early breakfast, guests will depart for Manali by Road. This is a 290 km (08-09 hrs) drive from Shimla. On the way, the guests can enjoy rafting at their cost. After arrival, dine in for a sumptuous dinner at Comfort Inn Snowpark by Choice Hotels International or similar in Manali
Day 4 This day is kept for an excursion to Solang Valley which is famous for adventure activities in Manali. The adventure activities normally available are parachuting, paragliding, skating, and zorbing.
Day 5 On this day, post breakfast during a trip to Naggar, which once upon a time was the capital of Kullu, you will witness the Naggar Castle.
After lunch, a local Manali visit will cover Hidimba Temple & Vashishtha Kund.
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Day 6 This day is to bid goodbye to Manali and head towards Clarion Inn Sevilla or similar in Chandigarh. The distance between Manali to Chandigarh is 298 Kms Approx (08-09 hrs).
Day 7 Post breakfast in the hotel, the journey to Delhi will continue on the seventh day. The tour concludes on arrival at the domestic airport targeted at 4pm. Further from the airport, the guests will have to arrange their flights to reach their respective destinations.
The total amount payable(including GST) is Rs 38,840 against the total cost of Rs 73,980. This makes it Buy 1 Get 1 Free.
On starting the online booking process the application will prompt you to select the dates and look for the availability of seats.
Option 1 Pay advance Rs 15000 and book your seats
Option 2 Pay the full amount of Rs 38,840.
Option 3 Pay an amount you wish to pay. This option will definitely have a minimum amount to pay, understandably lesser than Option 1.
An Honest Opinion About This Shimla Manali Tour Package
In Shimla, the stay is at Manla Homes Resorts. This resort is a premium category resort located away from the city center. The exact location is off the main road from village Baldeyan.
The customer reviews are impressive at 4.4 (1311 google reviews as of 14/07/2022)
Baldeyan village is beyond Mashobra. The choice of this location could prove to be problematic during snowfall since snow clearance takes time in this region. Moreover, the link road from Baldeyan to Manla Resorts would definitely not get priority for immediate clearance of snow.
The resort has Deluxe Rooms, Luxury Rooms, and Huts. But in the package deal, the freedom to select the higher category of rooms goes almost nil.
Away from Shimla, Manla Homes Resorts is a treat for nature and peace lovers.
Since the property is away from the main road, the food options are also not available.
The tour does not include the visit to Jakhoo Temple. This visit is to complete by the clients at their own cost which would work out to be Rs 3000/- for a normal cab.
Further, at Manali, the tour package does not include visit to Rohtang Pass and Atal Tunnel. A Manali trip is not considered complete without a visit to these destinations. You would require a permit to reach Rohtang Pass which generally is arranged by cab drivers themselves. This restriction has been imposed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to allow a limited number of tourists per day from the environment protection point of view.
The package follows the common minimum program principle, which makes it cheaper & popular. You might miss a lot in the process.
You Gotta be prepared!
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This article is not a sponsored article. The author being a resident of Himachal Pradesh has made an attempt to decode the package with the sole interest of assisting tourists & making their trip memorable.