Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Eager to attract lakhs of tourists to Himachal with luxury modes of transport, the state government is neglecting those looking for luxury buses between the hill resorts of Himachal.
Nilambari and Anmol, tourists from Gujarat, who had estimated it 4-5 hour-long journey between Shimla and Manali were upset when they reached here after 9 hours. “When hundreds of tourists travel between Manali and Shimla every day, then why government is not taking interest providing luxury service in this route. We cannot dare to travel in such buses again in future. Now we have decided to complete our onward journey only by car,” they said.
Himachal roadways transport corporation (HRTC) vice chairman Rajiv Bhardwaj said a fleet of luxury buses is to be added to the corporation soon and they are planning to run luxury buses on Manali-Shimla, Shimla-Dharamshala routes. “We are collecting stats that how many tourists want luxury buses within tourist spots of Himachal. We are starting a luxury bus service between Pathankot and Manali,” he said.
Himachal Pradesh tourism development corporation (HPTDC) officials said they do not have a route permit and they run their buses on contract permit depending on the number of tourists. Shimla marketing officer Prakash Thakur said, “HPTDC buses provide service to tourists in season time. However, if there is special demand of tourists, we can provide them a bus for special route any time. No regular Volvo or luxury bus service is available on routes within Himachal.”