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Published on Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:24:20 IST

Best bargain

  • Enjoy laid-back, colonial-style comfort at the 19th century bungalow, The Retreat Bhimtal

The rains bring lots more than picturesque and green landscapes with them. For holidaymakers it starts raining discounts at resorts around the country. So, this season you won't have to break your bank to get away for a few days. Travel outfit HighOnTravel is offering an attractive deal in the hills of Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

The Retreat Bhimtal -- a 19th century colonial bungalow -- is offering a special monsoon discount of 30 per cent on its room rates. So, you can spend a weekend at this cosy family-owned property for just Rs 2,000 per room per night on twin sharing basis. If you think this is a steal, hear this: the tariff includes breakfast, morning or evening tea and even an evening snack.

You can make yourself a booking at the jam-making workshops (against an advance notice) at an extra charge. The offer is valid till September 30 but is not applicable during long weekends or public holidays. Expect to spend about Rs 8,500 per person additionally to fly from Calcutta to Delhi. From Delhi, you can either take a train to Kathgodam or drive to Bhimtal.

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Just Germany

  • The tour includes a trip to the historic town of Heidelberg in Southwest Germany

If Europe is on your mind then a happening country to head for is Germany.

The German Fairy Tale package by travel company Cox & Kings is a 7-night and 8-day affair that will take you through five areas in Germany. Package rates start at Rs 86,198 per person on twin share basis and include accommodation at city centre hotels with complimentary Continental breakfasts and airport transfers thrown in. The deal also includes sightseeing by coach and intercity train travel on the 4-day German Flexi Pass.

So, you begin your German interlude by spending two nights in the wine-making town of Ruedesheim. Then you head for Heidelberg in Southwest Germany, followed by Wurzburg and Rothenburg town where you'll spend a day each. Finally, you move to Munich, Germany's most happening hub. Validity till March 31, 2014, the package does not include airfares which cost around Rs 62, 000 per person, ex-Calcutta. For details log on to or call 1800221235/ 18002090400, 9867565599.