Being a solo traveller I always look for fixed departure packages. It is safe and free of tension as the tour operators take care of everything . As usual in 2017, during Durgapuja, I booked a package trip to visit Rural parts of Himachal Pradesh with a travel agent through online search.
Pick up and drop point was Shimla and Manali respectively. As I am from Kolkata, so Kolkata to Shimla and return ticket from Manali to Kolkata was booked on my own. Advance payment was made. I was very excited to visit this part of Himachal.
Almost 15 days before when I called up my travel agent to know about the pick up point in Shimal I got to know that there is no place for solo traveller as this is festive season. Advance would be refunded in full. What a disappointment!! They did not even bother to inform me earlier.
Any way, there was only two options left for me one cancel all the train and bus tickets that I had booked on own or go for solo trip to visit Shimal Manali. Durgapuja is the one of the biggest festival for Bengalies and during this festive season it was impossible to book any package trip with any local travel agency adjusting my dates of journey within this short period.
I thought Shimla Manali is a very popular tourist destination and well connected by overland too. I had been there before also. If I go solo, I can make choice in terms of everything i.e. accommodation, meals, sighseeing. At the same time I was feeling nervous considering that what will happen if any health issues develope,travelling alone will be safe or not.
Inspite of all that negative thinking, I decided to go for a solo trip. Luckily I was able to book hotels in Shimala and Manali in reasonable price too.