Friday, April 30, 2010


This is summer and obviously Children will be on a holiday spree. It’s time to go for a long outing with family that rejuvenate our mind and body. You might complain that stay in a good tourist spot is exorbitant. That’s true. Even if you are ready pay the price demanded, getting a decent lodging during summer is not a cakewalk.
But , Holiday homes and Touring Officers’ Hostels, which are operated by CPWD/Urban development Ministry throughout India come in handy in this situation.
Online booking make things easy:

Earlier, manual booking was only available in these homes, which involves cumbersome procedure of sending a request over post. This procedure was also not transparent and we may not be in a position to plan our travel properly as confirmation of reservation should also reach us by post. But Government has simplified this process by making 100% online allotment through internet in 6 holiday homes and in certain Touring Officer’s Hostels.

We have attempted here to compile the information regarding these holiday homes. Also we have presented a simple guide on online reservation in these places through the website of Ministry of Urban ministry .
These are the Holiday homes under Ministry of Urban development throughout India:
Holiday Home                       No of Rooms                                        Location

Agra (Online booking only)         14                           Holiday Home for the Central Government Employees,
                                                                             Sikandra sector  15  near income tax colony sikandra

Amarkantak                              10                            Central Govt. Holiday Home, Amarkantak (MP)

Goa (Online booking only         03                            Holiday Home for the Central Governmen Employees, Bambolim,

                                                                                 Opposite Goa Medical College Complex, Panaji-                                                                                         madgaon road goa


Kanyakumari (Partial online booking) 22                   Holiday Home for Central Government Employees    Kovalam                                                                   Kovalam   road near light house Kanyakumari

Mysore                                             12                   Holiday Home, CPWD Office Campus, T.Narasipur R
                                                                                Sidhartha Nagar,


Mussorrie (Online booking only)      05                     Southwood Cottage in the ITBP campus (near .

                                                                                  library chowk Mall road next to dove cottage
Nainitol(on line bookings only)        13                      Central govt employees holiday home Kurpatol nainitol

Ooty (on line bookings only)           26                       Holiday home for central govt employees
                                                                                 good shed road  near railway  station                 

Shimla                                         106                       Grand hotel the mall shimla 171001

Udaipur                                        02                       -

Who is eligible to apply?

All working and retired Central Government employees and the employees working under the Government of NCT of Delhi, who are working in the offices, which have been specifically declared eligible for General Pool, are entitled for allotment of accommodation from General Pool.

Documents to be submitted for authenticity:

Signature of administrative authorities of department where the employee is working is necessary in the application sent by the employee for booking. In the case of online reservation, application form generated by the system has to be signed by the administrative authorities before the same is sent by post. In the case of retired government employees, forwarding of self attested copy of the PPO along with the application for booking is necessary

How to guide for making reservation online:

Before proceeding to online reservation install Java Virtual machine software if the same is not installed in your computer already. As this online reservation system runs in Java platform this software is required to be installed in your computer. Also the conventional browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 and above supports this online reservation system well rather than Firefox or google chrome.

Java Virtual Machines software is available in department site of Ministry of Urban development.

Download Java Virtual Machine Software
This is the step by step work flow chart for online reservation:

Step I     Register your request for advance reservation by filling online application form found in the website

Step II     After pressing the SUBMIT Button, take a print of the application form generated by the computer system. Copy of the applicant form can also be generated from the
button available in CHECK STATUS section.

Step III     Sign the application form. Get it verified/forwarded from the Administrative Divn. of applicant’s office (Retired Government employees should enclose SELF ATTESTED copy of the PPO/Pensioner ID. Card. Verification by office is not necessary).

Step IV     Annex Pay Order/Demand draft for the full amount of room charges. If Sending application to AD(Regions) New Delhi : DD/Pay Order to be drawn in the name of ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ESTATES (CASH), NEW DELHI (for booking of Holiday Homes other than Grand Hotel, Shimla). If Sending application to AEM, Chennai : DD to be drawn in the name of ASSISTANT ESTATE MANAGER, CHENNAI (for booking of Holiday Homes other than Grand Hotel, Shimla). For booking at Grand Hotel Shimla (From anywhere in country) : DD to be drawn in the name of ASSISTANT ESTATE MANAGER, GRAND HOTEL SHIMLA. Pl. write applicant’s name, destination and stay dates on the backside of the Demand Draft/Pay order.

Step V     Despatch the HARD COPY of the verified application form [with Demand Draft/pay order for the full amount] to the concerned Allotting Authority.

Step VI     You can check your booking status online by quoting BOOKING REQUEST ID and ID CARD NO. If it shows status as ALLOTTED, take a print of the confirmation letter. Get it attested from applicant’s office. Deliver it at the reception while checking in.
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Sri said...

Now Directorate of Estates have started a new website exclusively for booking accomodation at Holiday Homes. The site address is "".

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Anonymous said...

IS touring officers hostel and Holiday Home same ? Can touring officers hostel be also got allotted while traveling with family on leave by central government employees/retired employees?
Pl. clarify.
Thanks. LS

AZHAR said...

Online booking is said to be available for holiday homes in Kolkata and Bangalore but while trying for online booking, these holiday homes are not displayed in the option(drop down list). Please advise how to apply for booking there.

Anonymous said...

Is there any holiday home in Srinagar?

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