A homelike hotel
on Nov 5, 2017
We , my wife and I, senior citizens, reached Manali from Shimla by 8:30 pm on 22nd June 2017. It was a-9 hours-journey with stop overs for washroom, late morning tea, lunch and an evening tea.This was the 2nd leg of our "Dev Bhoomi"(HP) tour, having set out from Kerala on the 16th June.The first leg was in Shimla. We had a deluxe room booked for 4 nights in Hotel Devlok, Hadimba road. We took an autorickshaw from near the Mall road (Rs.100 during night time, 50-60 daytime) to the hotel,
approx 2 km distance.
Mr. Chandiramani checked us in and allotted Room 401 on the 4th floor. After a shower, we had dinner in the room.The room was at the corner, spacious with a pair of double-beds. It was meant for a family, not a couple. But as it was the peak season, (Apr- June was the peak tourist season) no other double room was vacant. Room was cosy, but the bathroom and toilet was just 'functional'. Hot water was available through out.The room rent was inclusive of breakfast. (They have Modified American Plan also).
On the next day morning we asked for a simple breakfast of toasted bread, butter, jam and masala omelette. Vijay(Takur) prepared and served the same with much attention to the taste and ensured it to our liking. After the b/f we reached the HPTDC's office on the Mall road (no comparison to Shimla Mall road) by 8:30 am for a pre-booked daytour of Manali-Kullu-Manikaran-return via Parvati valley. The cost was Rs.400 per person. The bus was full. There were sightseers from many places like Calcutta and Delhi. We stopped in Kullu and visited a wool factory. Some of us bought wool items. Others window-shopped. Next stop was Raison. The guide asked if anybody interested for a thrilling white water rafting in Byas (Beas) river, rapids grade 3. Out of the 40 passengers 34 shouted in unison, "yes, we were". We got it cheap as a tour group of HPTDC agreed to go for it. We paid Rs.500 each only (asked Rs.650 first) for the 9 km stretch-never-forgetting thrill. Thanks to our guide who made the deal for hiring 6 rafts. We were all wet to the core, as it was a spontaneous decision to go for the rafting . Nobody took a second pair of dress to change. But when we reached Manikaran Gurudwara, after 2 hrs, our clothes were dry. Most of us went inside the Gurudwara for the customary feast (parsad) and had it . Visited the everhot spring and came out from the Gurudwara spiritually and physically vitalised. We returned to Manali by 8pm. Had our dinner in Manali Van Vihar food Corner & Madras Cafe opp Vanvihar Park. The food price justified the quality and quantity. We returned to the hotel by late night in an auto rickshaw.
The next day morning again, after the b/f, we were in the HPTDC office to go for the pre-booked daytour to Solang Valley, Nagar Castle, and nearby places. Till noon we spent time in Solang. There, one can do paragliding. Rs.1000 for the beginners and
Rs.3000-3500 for advanced.(a word of caution: The paragliding-pilots in general were not skilled. One can risk serious damage to the spinal column with these unskilled ones hardlanding the gliders). The cable car to the top of the hills from Solang stn is also another attraction. We left Solang by midday and reached The Naggar Castle.It was a palace of the erstwhile Kullu Rajahs. It was now housing a museum and the HPTDC hotel Naggar Castle. After visiting the museum (Rs.30 tkt for adults), we got inside the hotel for a late lunch. One can have the famous 'Kulluvian Trout Fish' dishes for a justifiable price. We had enjoyed it. Many of our co-passengers too. We made a visit to the Jagatipatt temple too.
On the 3rd day we wanted to go to Rohtang pass. The HTDC tour was not pre-booked. We could not get 2 seats on that day. Seeing us disappointed, we were approached by agents from the nearby taxi union asking Rs.3000 for 2-shared seats in a car. We did not buy it. It was the last week of June,and the monsoon rains came early. There was no snow, only a thin coating of glaze ice. It would have cost us Rs.500 each only, had we pre-booked the Rohtang tour with HPTDC. ( The next day we read in the paper that there were heavy rain and landslides and many vehicles got stranded on the Rohtang-Sarchu sector). Anyway, we took a local tour of the Manali town when we could not get to go to Rohtang. Visited Hadimba temple, made a Yak ride for about 100 meters and got photographed on it for Rs.200 at the temple premises. Went to the Tibetan monastery, then to the Club house, and had authentic 'Dham' dish from one of the local food joints. My wife wanted to buy some wool shawls. We were told that Buttico,off the Mall Road on the way to Hadimba road, was a reliable shop for wool items. It was right. They had another shop near the HRTC busstand also.
The next day, on 26th June 2017, we checked out from the hotel immediately after breakfast to catch the pre-booked, HRTC Volvo semi-sleeper ac bus to Chandigarh.
Hotel Devlok was a very good hotel to stay while in Manali.
The staff, generally, were very helpful. We had interactions with Mr.Mohit Mehta, Mr. Chandiramani, Mr. Gaurav, and Mr.Vijay Takur. We experienced that they walked the extra mile to make us feel that we were their 'special guests'. One of the factors which made Hotel DevLok standing out from the lot was the staff's willingness to go the extra mile. We were all praise for the young man Thakur (guess his name was Vijay) who served us our food with keen interest to make it a bit spicy as we were from Kerala. The Hotel was situated opposite the famous Hadimba temple, not far away from the Mall Road, the HPTDC office and HRTC busstand. The background of the hotel, even in the last week of June, was snow-capped peaks. The food was tasty and
The best and cheap way of touring the 'Dev Bhoomy' was through HPTDC. It was better to pre-book the tours online, if did not do it due to time limitations, then spot-book it. The tours were guided and the staff were well trained. They walk the talk
"ATITHI DEVO BHAVA'.
Awesome stay at Devlok Manali!
on Jun 28, 2017
We just returned from Manali Trip (Mid June 2017) and had a nice stay at Hotel Devlok. We had a deluxe room. The staff is very well behaved and keen to help. My special thanks to one of the managers who helped us moving our luggage up the roadside. I will write the positives and negatives at Hotel Devlok below:
1) Super awesome staff!
2) Decent sized room. Clean and Spacious enough for a couple. I was lucky to get a room that offered view of mountains from window. Anyways there is a common gallery where one can get such a view.
3) Bathroom was smallish but chic and clean! Best was 24X7 hot water provided by the geaser fitted there. Cleaning staff was available on call.
4) Restaurant provided nice food. Decently priced. Sure you can get food cheaper outside in some restaurants, but we chose to eat at Hotel itself and were satisfied.
5) Location: 10-15 min walk to Mall Road (which is town centre) and Hidimba Temple, Van Vihar etc.
6) Property is quite spacious, there is a decently sized parking area in front and and an open back-garden.
1) There is no backup electric supply to rooms when there is power cut.
3) Velvetty decorations are hard to clean. While the rooms were properly cleaned, the velvetty decors retained dust and other stuffs. I would suggest replacing velvetty stuff with easy to clean materials.
2) Food menu can include more of green veggies. Menu is dominated by paneer and Aloo.
Overall I would highly recommend Hotel Devlok to anyone seeking budget hotel in Manali.
Thanks and Cheers
Manali Family Tour
on Jun 21, 2017
Very good location, decent room very decorative, neat and clean room but most important behave of all staff is very good and polite, both manager Mr Mohit & Mr Gaurav is having very helpful nature.I suggest to all visitors stay without hesitation . Thanks to owner Mr Rohan who give always right advice. Thanks for great hospitality.
on May 25, 2017
Well it was a wonderful stay in Hotel Devlok, Staff is friendly & Cooperative, rooms are clean, food was owsm. same time if they can improve their "Room Service" bit aggressive it would be a perfect place for Travelers.
Overall great experience
It is beautiful ans awesome stay at this hotel.
on Apr 15, 2017
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights with my family. I checked -in at night and all staffs including the manager was waiting for us and cordially welcome us. Even in late night they gladly prepared dinner for us. Staffs are very well behaved and prompt in service. Location of the hotel is very good. Room are clean ad properly maintained. Food is also very good and served hot. It was a great and beautiful experience to stay at this hotel at Manali. I recommend others to stay at this hotel.