Pathetic Hygiene issues at Himachal Roadways Food Stop

A video on social media has gone viral over pathetic condition of a dhaba, food joint, where Himachal Roadways (HRTC) buses stop for dinner when plying between Delhi and various tourists towns of Himachal Pradesh. Irony is that these food joints are approved by Himachal Roadways top management. After repeated complaints from the people about travelers getting fleeced at these dhabas, Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister with much fanfare had proudly proclaimed on his Facebook  page that his department has now selected clean dhabas for general public.

Please click on the video below to see the actual condition of the food joint ‘approved’ by Himachal Pradesh Government.

As you can see there are rats running around this Mayur Deluxe Dhaba which is approved by Himachal Pradesh Govt. There is no provision of clean drinking water and the hygiene standards are pathetic. The Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister should once in his tenure eat food at this joint which has been so proudly accredited by his department.

The buses which can be seen parked are all AC buses in which apart from locals, tourists travel to Himachal Pradesh with their family and children. This is indeed a black spot on the transport & tourism sector of Himachal Pradesh that travelers are subjected to such third rate treatment by Himachal Pradesh Govt. Why should the tourists, their families and other travelers be subjected to such unhygienic meals. What if tomorrow they catch some disease or fell sick after eating food at such fourth rate food joints where hygiene is not a concern. Why such food joints are approved by the Himachal Transport Minister and his cronies? Obviously bribes makes the difference here!

What is the option then?

If traveling from New Delhi to Shimla, Manali or any other destination in Himachal  Pradesh first check from where the bus will start in Delhi. Most of HRTC VOLVO and AC buses start from Himachal Bhawan near Mandi House in Delhi. Himachal Bhawan at Mandi House has a nice clean cafeteria on first floor which serves food & snacks. Don’t worry, entire top leaders  including the Transport Minister stay at Himachal Bhawan when in Delhi. The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner at very modest rates. In evening the dinner starts at 7 pm and if you have a bus to catch from here, simply have a Thali served at modest 75/- You will not feel hungry all night. Best  food one can have is at Himachal Bhawan.

If you travel like me, Cattle Class, in an ordinary bus simply avoid Himachal Roadways buses. While traveling in ordinary bus I always travel in Haryana Roadways buses for one simple reason. All ordinary Haryana Roadways buses stop only at Haryana Tourism outlets between New Delhi to Chandigarh. Haryana Tourism outlets have spic & span clean toilets, a luxury in North India, especially for female travelers which Himachal Transport and it’s Minister can’t ever imagine in their dreams!

Again, I am talking about 3×2 ordinary non AC buses of Haryana Roadways.

Apart from from clean toilets at the Haryana Tourism outlets on NH 1 you get fast food and full meals at very nominal price. You can order Sandwiches, Dosas, Idli, Vada, Chinese, Burgers and full  Indian thali depending on your taste. Popular Haryana Tourism food stops are Parakeet at Pipli near Kurukshetra, Karna Lake & Oasis at Karnal and Kingfisher at Ambala.

When traveling within Himachal Pradesh there is not a single decent food stop of Himachal Roadways where one can first relieve and then have decent food. It is a nightmare for female travelers should you have to use a loo on the highway at any of the Himachal Roadways dhaba stops. A petition has been filed in Himachal High Court for absence of toilet facilities on Himachal Highways. My sympathies!

I don’t want to demean Himachal Roadways in any way but considering the poor standards adopted by Himachal Roadways, please avoid traveling in Himachal buses other than those leaving from Himachal Bhawan. While traveling with families, well being of the loved ones is always at the back of mind but facilities of the government run Himachal Roadways do not inspire confidence. Remember there are officials and probably the minister getting bribe & commission at your family’s expense.

And this is from a state which gets maximum tourists in North India!

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A video on social media has gone viral over pathetic condition of a dhaba, food joint, where Himachal Roadways (HRTC) buses stop for dinner when plying between Delhi and various tourists towns of Himachal Pradesh. Irony is that these food joints are approved by Himachal Roadways top management. After repeated complaints from the people about […]




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