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“I am a Deputy Secretary in MHA going on LTC to...”

Written on: 13/02/2019 by vishin59 (1 review written)

I am a Deputy Secretary in MHA going on LTC to Bhubaneshwar. I registered in various tours and travels as a single adult wanting quotes from them for a 8 nights and 9 days package to orissa. Ritual Holidays representative on calling was told by me clearly that only I would be going to Bhubaneshwar and that I had already booked Flight from Delhi on 2nd March 2019 starting at 11 AM and coming back to Delhi on 9th March by 9.50 AM Flight.
They sent the following mail to my email address:


Dear (name omitted as required) Sir

Greetings from Ritual Holidays Pvt. Ltd. !!!.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to plan your forthcoming holiday. Over the years, not only have we changed the way people travel but in a relatively short period, we have grown to become India's largest online travel company. This growth stems from the belief instilled in all of us. With the promise to make your holiday an unparalleled experience, we hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.


TOUR Details :-

Duration : 8 Night / 9 Days
No. of Person : 2 Adults
Travel Date : 2nd Mar , 2019
No of Room : 1 AC Double Sharing Room
Pickup and Drop: Bhubaneswar
Vehicle: AC Swift D'zire/Similar
Meal Plan: CP (Breakfast )


Inclusions :-

Meet and greet at arrival
Complementary welcome drink (non alcoholic) on arrival at hotel
8 Breakfast
3 Night Stay at Hotel in Puri
1 Night Stay at Hotel in Gopalpur
4 Night Stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar
Complimentary use of recreational activities
Hot and Cold Water
Doctor on call in hotel. (Charge Payable)
10% Discount on Laundry services
Assistance provided by the driver throughout the tour
All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary in AC Swift D'zire or Similar
All toll taxes, parking fees & drivers allowance


STANDARD HoTel Details :-
Destination Stay Type Name
Bhubaneswar Hotel Hotel Paradise Inn / Hotel Sutrupti / Hotel Urmee/Similar
Gopalpur
Hotel
Hotel Sea Pearl / Similar
Puri Hotel Hotel Subham Beach Resort/Trimurti Heights / Hotel Reba Beach Resort / Similar
Land Package Cost Per Adult : INR 25,000/-



Suggested Tour Itinerary:-

Day 1 : Arrival at Bhubaneswar - Puri:
Upon arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport , our representative will meet you after that you can proceed your journey, Enroute visit towards Raghuraj Pur , Sakhigopakl & Pipli. On arrival at Puri. Check in at Hotel. Evening at Golden Beach. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri

Day 2 : Puri - Konark - Puri:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, move towards Jagannath Temple & Gundicha Temple . Then move towards Konark Sun Temple. It is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa it amazed at the wonderful architecture of the Konark Sun Temple. Built in the 13th century, this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site is designed in the form of a chariot and is dedicated to Sun-God. Again drive back towards Puri. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri.

Day 3 : Puri - Chilika - Puri:
After enjoying breakfast, check out from the Hotel , proceed to Chilika Lake (Satapada) the largest brackish water body in Asia which is the home of numerous birds and sea life it is being treated as the real paradise for the bird-lovers and ornithologists since the whole vicinity attracts large number of aquatic birds preferably in winters for the migratory counts. Dolphin Point through Boating (at you own cost). The major species that can be witnessed as White bellied sea eagles, Graylag geese, purple moorhen, flamingo jacana and herons after visited Chilika you can go to beach attraction in the evening. Again drive back towards Puri. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri.

Day 4 : Puri - Gopalpur:
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Gopalpur on reaching Gopalpur check-in at hotel, relax for a while after start your excursion is scheduled to enjoy sightseeing of Rushikulya Turtle Island and Maa Taratarini Temple this temple is located at top of Kumari hill on the bank of the river Rushikulya. Taratarini Temple is known as one of the four Adi Shakti Peeths. Spend the evening on the Gopalpur Beach or the charming town. enjoy a memorable overnight stay in the hotel in Gopalpur.

Day 5 : Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar:
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel and proceed for Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa Caves. Then move towrads Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Rajarani Temple and Mukteswar Temple. On arrival . Check in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 6 : Bhubaneswar - Jajpur - Bhubaneswar:

This morning , after breakfast , Proceed towards Diamond Triangle -( Ratnagairi , Lalitgiri , Khandagiri & Udaygiri Caves). Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 7 : Bhubaneswar - Cuttack - Bhubaneswar :
This day morning , move towards Cuttack . On arrival . Move towards - Dhabaleshwar Temple , Chandi Temple , Barabati Museum & Maritime Museum . Then again drive towards Bhubaneswar. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Day 8 : Bhubaneswar :
After a scrumptious breakfast today, move towards Nandankanan Zoo & Local Market. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 9 : Bhubaneswar drop :
This morning , check out from the Hotel , drop you at Bhubaneswar Airport for the Homeward Journey.




TOUR ENDS!!!



Exclusions :-

Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water and starters
Major Meals.., Lunch & Dinner
Services of the vehicle on leisure days and for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
Entrance fees at all tourist attractions or any activities fees apart from inclusions
Peak Season Charges
Medical and Travel Insurance
All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
Anything not mentioned under "Inclusions"
GST (5%)

Notes :-

Complimentary services for child below 5 year will be at the hotels only and will be chargeable if any additional service is availed apart from the services offered.
Complimentary child will not be given any additional seat in the vehicle, the guests will have to adjust them in the same vehicle.
AC will not work in hill areas or stopped / parked vehicle
Vehicle will run only till the point it is allowed in a particular destination, if the guest want to travel/visit beyond that point will have to arrange the local transport by him/her self.
Bhubaneswar sightseeing is closed on Monday, if the guest’s Bhubaneswar sightseeing falls on Monday as per his/her schedule the itinerary can be shuffled (if possible) as per his/her requirement.
If Gala dinner on selected date is mandatory in the hotel opted the same will be directly payable by the guest and will be as per the hotel’s policy.

Payment Policy :-

Flight Fare + 25% booking amount of ground package cost to initiate a booking if travel date is more than 30 days from the date of booking.
75% amount of ground cost (excluding flight cost) after the all confirmation/holding regarding your booking.
Full payment is required before 10 days of the travel date.
If the package is booked within 10 days of travel date 100 % amount of total tour cost after the all confirmation/holding regarding your booking.

Cancellation Policy :-

More than 30 days of travel date 20% of ground package cost
30 to 21 days before the travel date 40% of ground package cost
20 to 15 days before the travel date 60% of ground package cost
14 to 10 days before the travel date 80% of ground package cost
10 days before the travel date 100% of ground package cost
Flight cancellation as per airlines policy + service charge + tax.
Cruise cancellation as per cruise policy + service charge + tax.
Visa cost total non refundable once visa processed.
Payment is non refundable if hotels are non refundable.

Terms and Condition :-

Rates mentioned above are valid for Indian nationals only until and unless specified along with quotation.
The quotations are given without holding any confirmed reservations either in the airlines, hotels, cruise and transport. Once the quotation is accepted by the guest and advance amount is deposited either in Cheque / cash to process the reservation, the booking is processed at our end. In case we are unable to get the confirmations then the deposited amount shall be refunded to the guest. For the packages which are booked under our Airline Group Packages the airline tickets might be delivered 2 days before the departure of the group.
Base category rooms will be booked in Hotels until and unless specified in the quotation. In case the rooms are not available in selected hotel, rooms shall be booked in similar hotel or higher category rooms where you had to paid the differences.
Any date amendments in the air tickets will be considered as cancellation only and new tickets are issued under new applicable fare at the time of issuance of ticket and cancellation charges are applicable for the cancelled tickets as per airline policy.
Any amendments in the date or itinerary are to be intimated us in writing and amended confirmation depends on the availability of given hotels on requested dates. Cancellation policy shall be applicable in such case.
In a tour package, no refund shall be made for unutilized services. It is on guest’s discretion whether to take service or not.
Please carry your valid Identity proof card (passport in case of International travel) containing your photograph as it is required at the airport and during check in at hotels. Pan card is not a valid identity proof so please don’t carry that with you.
The check in and check-out time of most of the hotels is 02 PM to 12 PM and number of meals including breakfast is always corresponding to the no. of nights booked by the guest. The hotel does not provide breakfast on the day of arrival.
For early check in and late check outs payments are to be settled directly by the guest at the hotel.
Ritual Holidays Pvt Ltd can assist you in processing visa for international travel but can't assure your visa and in case of failure of visa process, the cancellation policy will be applicable and will be charged from client.
In case of International travel, rates may vary based on change of ROE or any other fluctuation in international market or subject to availability.

For complete terms & conditions, do visit our site
On accepting this quotation, you accept that you have read the complete package information and agree with booking terms & conditions, payment policy and cancellation policy. You accept the tour package and your payment will consider as acknowledgment that you satisfy with above information.

In case you feel that your holiday requirement is not being handled adequately and the options provided are not as desired please write to us 


Thanks & Warm Regards

From the above email of Ritual Holidays, it is clearly seen that they have nowhere mentioned an amount of Rs 50000 to be paid by me for two adults including me. They had just mentioned the amount of Rs 25000 to be paid for a single adult. This gave the clear impression that some other single tourist booking their package will be sharing the room and car services with me. I was okay with the idea and was ready to avail their services for Rs 25,000 but wanted them to change some places in their itinerary which they did. My email to them and their reply is as under:
(MY name omitted as requied) 
To: Ritual Holidays
7 Feb at 6:38 pm
Won't we be going to one or more of the many waterfalls in Orissa. ( like sohagnagara, Barchipani, Chaldhar, Nrusinghnath, khandahar, simlipal tiger reserve.murga mahadev, harishankar, panchalingeshwar etc).

Any way, will let you know about by acceptance of your offer by 10th February 2019 definitely.

(my signature omitted as required)

Ritual Holidays wrote back as under:

 Ritual Holidays  
To:(name omitted)

8 Feb at 12:51 pm

Dear (My name not given as required) Sir

Greetings from Ritual Holidays Pvt. Ltd. !!!.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to plan your forthcoming holiday. Over the years, not only have we changed the way people travel but in a relatively short period, we have grown to become India's largest online travel company. This growth stems from the belief instilled in all of us. With the promise to make your holiday an unparalleled experience, we hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.


TOUR Details :-

Duration : 8 Night / 9 Days
No. of Person : 2 Adults
Travel Date : 2nd Mar , 2019
No of Room : 1 AC Double Sharing Room
Pickup and Drop: Bhubaneswar
Vehicle: AC Swift D'zire/Similar
Meal Plan: CP (Breakfast )


Inclusions :-

Meet and greet at arrival
Complementary welcome drink (non alcoholic) on arrival at hotel
8 Breakfast
3 Night Stay at Hotel in Puri
1 Night Stay at Hotel in Gopalpur
4 Night Stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar
Complimentary use of recreational activities
Hot and Cold Water
Doctor on call in hotel. (Charge Payable)
10% Discount on Laundry services
Assistance provided by the driver throughout the tour
All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary in AC Swift D'zire or Similar
All toll taxes, parking fees & drivers allowance


STANDARD HoTel Details :-
Destination Stay Type Name
Bhubaneswar Hotel Hotel Paradise Inn / Hotel Sutrupti / Hotel Urmee/Similar
Gopalpur
Hotel
Hotel Sea Pearl / Similar
Puri Hotel Hotel Subham Beach Resort/Trimurti Heights / Hotel Reba Beach Resort / Similar
Land Package Cost Per Adult : INR 25,000/-



Suggested Tour Itinerary:-

Day 1 : Arrival at Bhubaneswar - Puri:
Upon arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport , our representative will meet you after that you can proceed your journey, Enroute visit towards Raghuraj Pur , Sakhigopakl & Pipli. On arrival at Puri. Check in at Hotel. Evening at Golden Beach. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri

Day 2 : Puri - Konark - Puri:
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, move towards Jagannath Temple & Gundicha Temple . Then move towards Konark Sun Temple. It is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa it amazed at the wonderful architecture of the Konark Sun Temple. Built in the 13th century, this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site is designed in the form of a chariot and is dedicated to Sun-God. Again drive back towards Puri. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri.

Day 3 : Puri - Chilika - Puri:
After enjoying breakfast, check out from the Hotel , proceed to Chilika Lake (Satapada) the largest brackish water body in Asia which is the home of numerous birds and sea life it is being treated as the real paradise for the bird-lovers and ornithologists since the whole vicinity attracts large number of aquatic birds preferably in winters for the migratory counts. Dolphin Point through Boating (at you own cost). The major species that can be witnessed as White bellied sea eagles, Graylag geese, purple moorhen, flamingo jacana and herons after visited Chilika you can go to beach attraction in the evening. Again drive back towards Puri. Overnight stay at Hotel in Puri.

Day 4 : Puri - Gopalpur:
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Gopalpur on reaching Gopalpur check-in at hotel, relax for a while after start your excursion is scheduled to enjoy sightseeing of Rushikulya Turtle Island and Maa Taratarini Temple this temple is located at top of Kumari hill on the bank of the river Rushikulya. Taratarini Temple is known as one of the four Adi Shakti Peeths. Spend the evening on the Gopalpur Beach or the charming town. enjoy a memorable overnight stay in the hotel in Gopalpur.

Day 5 : Gopalpur - Bhubaneswar:
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel and proceed for Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa Caves. Then move towrads Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Rajarani Temple and Mukteswar Temple. On arrival . Check in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 6 : Bhubaneswar - Jajpur - Bhubaneswar:

This morning , after breakfast , Proceed towards Diamond Triangle -( Ratnagairi , Lalitgiri , Khandagiri & Udaygiri Caves). Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 7 : Bhubaneswar - Cuttack - Bhubaneswar :
This day morning , move towards Cuttack . On arrival . Move towards - Dhabaleshwar Temple , Chandi Temple , Barabati Museum & Maritime Museum . Then again drive towards Bhubaneswar. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.
Day 8 : Bhubaneswar :
After a scrumptious breakfast today, move towards Nandankanan Zoo & Iskcon Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Day 9 : Bhubaneswar drop :
This morning , check out from the Hotel , drop you at Bhubaneswar Airport for the Homeward Journey.




TOUR ENDS!!!


Payment Details:-

Mode of Payment:

National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT)

Real time gross settlement systems (RTGS)

Cash Payment at our office.

Deposit Cash / Cheque in our bank account.

Credit / Debit payment 


I forwarded a copy of their email to my dealing hand (Name omitted as mandated) to finalize the payment details as under:



They are asking 100 % payment before going to Bhubaneswar.
It should be Rs 8000 before proceeding.
Rs 8000 on the evening/night of 2nd March.
Rs 5000 on 5th evening/night
Rs 4000 on 8th evening/night

(My name not given as required)

MY dealing hand negotiated with the representative of Ritual Holidays on mobile who said that a minimum amount of 1/4th amount of Rs 25000 with GST of 5% should be paid to them immediately, another 1/4th amount after they had sent the detailed bill before going to Bhubaneswar and the balance on arrival (at Bhubaneswar).

Accordingly, I paid the amount of Rs 6500 through net banking to their account by NEFT.

To my shock/surprise, Ritual Holidays sent me the following separate mail.

Booking Confirmation, Booking ID 
Yahoo/Inbox

12 Feb at 7:50 pm


Welcome Letter
Ritual Holidays Booking ID
Date of Booking: 2019-02-12
Ritual Holidays

THIS EMAIL IS A CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING AND NOT THE SERVICE VOUCHER


Dear (Name omitted as required by this site)

Thank you for choosing Ritual Holidays Pvt Ltd for your travel needs. This email is a confirmation of your booking and NOT the service voucher of your service. You can download all your service vouchers and related documents when all the booking are done.

The summary of the booking is included in this mail. If you want to modify your booking or want any information related to it, please contact us on 9311124260 (PS Rajput) or drop an email and we will get back to you.

Sincerely
Team Ritual Holidays


Package Login Details

A Booking ID has been assigned for your booking. From this Particular booking ID you can check your booking status and payment updates. Download all your service voucher, Tickets, Visa, and other related documents.You can also update your feedback.

Package Details
Guest Name: 
Registered Email: 
Registered Mobile: 
Package Name: Orissa
Booking Id: 
No of Passenger: Adults 2,
Date of Travel: 2019-03-02 to 2019-03-10

Payment Details
Package Cost: Rs. 50000
Govt. Taxes: Rs. 2500
Total Package Cost: Rs. 52500
Advance Received: Rs. 6500
Advance Payment Mode: In ICICI Bank
Date of payment: 2019-02-12
Total Balance: Rs. 46000

*Changes made by the clients after booking the package will be updated accordingly

**If all confirmation are ready than clients can make the balance payment and take all the documents before the time limit

Please Note:
The timings for information regarding your booking Process
Monday to Saturday: 10:00AM Hrs to 06:30 PM
Have a Pleasant & Memorable Holiday with us...


Ritual Holidays Customer Support

Operation Co-Ordinator
Name :

When I pointed about this discrepancy of paying the balance amount charged for two persons instead of just me, Ritual Holidays said that they had clearly mentioned in their first email that the package is for two persons and so I should have understood their finer print. Nowhere had they in any of their emails sent the total amount of Rs 50000 to be paid. Had they done this, I would have immediately corrected them.

When I asked for the refund of Rs 6500 made by me due to their misinformation, they flatly refused saying that their payment terms and conditions clearly say the minimum amount to be foregone while asking for cancellation. They also said that I can take any legal recourse or file an FIR against them for getting the paid amount of Rs 6500. It is not cancellation but for the misunderstanding they created from the first instance.

Please see that they don't cheat customers like me in future and also make them pay my hard earned money of Rs 6500 paid to them.

Yours faithfully,

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