Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Hai to Make India Journey team,
Hope you all are doing good.
This is a feedback mail on my travel to Shimla & Manali.
On the whole it was a good experience to travel with MJ. The trip was satisfactory.
If I categorize the entire trip into 3 subjects - Hotel, Food & places of interest (as per your itinerary),
Hotel - Whistling Pine in Shimla is spacious & good looking & Tidy. But it is located too far Isolated (25kms around) from the Shimla City. Not even a single shop is available nearby 3kms radius. Had little bit of problem with Hot water (as it was a solar heater). But room service guy could manage somehow.
Hotel - Peak View in Manali is really a very good Hotel & Tidy. We had a very good time there. The way the hotel staff responded was splendid. Flower decoration & candle light dinner was superb. The only concern was we were accommodated in 3rd floor & there was no lift facility.
Hotel Grand Residency in Chandigarh is not up to the standards. I can strongly say that it is not even a single Star Hotel. Very congestive room. No Hot water facility. Bathroom was not maintained well. No restaurant accommodated with the hotel.
Food - Breakfast & dinner in Whistling Pine & Peak View was Very Good. Food in Grand Residency was not at all satisfied. It was a packaged food brought from street side.
Site Seeing: Enjoyed Shimla city, Shopping in Mall road & had a good time in Kufri. Adding Naldehra in the Itinerary did not fetch anything & it is waste of time & money waste. There is nothing to watch. The horse guy says that we can view China border from that point which is very foolish. The Golf course has to be seen from outside the fence only.
Travel from Shimla to Manali was really superb. All the way it was beautiful. In Manali we have visited the snow point, HIdimba devi temple, Vasist temple (Hot water spring), river rafting & time left for shopping. We enjoyed the places we visited but plenty of time left without doing anything as most of the shopping was done in Shimla as we had time there. In Kullu we had visited only Matha Temple & another temple en-route. Rock garden & India gate was memorable.
Last but not least Mr Mandal (our Driver), we had a good time with him. He was supportive through out the trip with his behavior. Convey our wishes to him. Ms Khsama & Ms Shabna were too supportive throughout the trip by calling me & asking me about the whereabouts & well being.
K. Vinay Srikanth