Mumbai: With the growing trend for unique experiential holidays in the new Covid era, Thomas Cook India, India’s leading integrated travel services company and its Group company, SOTC Travel, have collaborated with WelcomHeritage Hotels to introduce enriching and affordable holiday experiences across India. The holiday offerings provide Indians an exciting opportunity to connect with their heritage while promoting India’s regional culture, tradition, cuisine and local flavour.
The portfolio features an unparalleled blend of palaces, forts, havelis and wellness & wildlife resorts, each with a special story to tell. The heritage stays are spread across 40 scenic and tranquil locales: from Srinagar, Gangtok, Dharamshala, Corbett, Nainital, Palampur, Amritsar, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore to Pench, Chandrapur, Ooty, Coorg, etc. Starting at Rs. 5 599.00* per person, the packages showcase a balance between local traditions and modern-day amenities, to create best-in-class authentic experiences that highlight the heritage ethos of some of India’s most inspiring settings.
Included are exceptional experiences that connect with Indian history & culture, wildlife, and nature: dinner at a dhaba or traditional setting with a bonfire, pottery sessions, tribal/folk dance and music performances, traditional culinary delights, nature walks, tiger and leopard safaris & trekking, amongst others.
Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “Limited reopening of borders has put the spotlight firmly on Destination India and we are delighted to partner with the WelcomHeritage Hotels to catalyse Domestic Tourism. Our holidays offer an exceptional range of experiences and stays at very affordable prices. And to sweeten the deal our customers get to avail of our special offer- pay for 2 nights & get the 3rd free.”
He added, “To ensure health and safety of our customers we have put together a holistic three pronged customer confidence-building program in the form of the Assured-Insured-Secured Program that covers every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security to give the customer complete peace of mind. We have launched several meaningful initiatives: a Doctor on Call 24×7 service in partnership with Apollo Clinics; India’s first Safe Holiday Helpline, a free service offering expert guidance & assistance for safe holiday planning, visa assistance, country specific updates, on-ground health and safety measures, health certification, etc. and seamless COVID-negative certification services via our tie up with ICMR accredited labs.”
Mr. Daniel D’souza, President & Country Head, Leisure, SOTC Travel said, “We are delighted to have associated with WelcomHeritage Hotels to feature the finest traditions of heritage and hospitality in India with a unique portfolio of palaces, forts, havelis and resorts. With strong demand for safe holidays within driving distances our exclusive packages bring authentic experiences and best-in-class stay to our valued customers in some of the most inspiring places in India.”
Mr. Abinash Manghani, CEO, WelcomHeritage Hotels said, “We are happy to collaborate with Thomas Cook India and SOTC Travel, who are known as the pioneers of experiential holidays in India. WelcomHeritage Hotels offers a unique charm of the Indian culture, mingled with new-age comforts, which I am sure will be liked by our customers who are looking for aspirational holidays and new experiences. With our special curated packages, ensuring safety and hygiene, we expect to see a growth in bookings in the upcoming holiday season.”