India’s capital, Delhi is all geared up to start 'hop-on, hop-off' bus service starting from September 15th. The city will join an elite list of international cities to have this unique bus service for tourists.
The buses will ply on 3 designated routes that include not just monuments but also museums, parks, shopping areas and foreign exchange bureaus. Though the service has been initiated keeping in view the upcoming Commonwealth Games, it will continue even after the sporting extravaganza.
To start with, 15 buses will run on the designated routes to cover monuments such as Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Qutab Minar, Purana Qila, Begumpuri Masjid, Hauz Khas monuments and Tughlaqabad Fort, and other tourism spots in Mehrauli area and Lutyens' Delhi. The routes will also cover shopping areas like Connaught Place, Santushti Complex, Khan Market, malls, Dilli Haat, museums, Commonwealth Games venues, parks, foreign exchange bureaus and even popular eating joints.
The air-conditioned, low-floor buses will have luxury coaches, a dedicated guide on board, along with specialized audio guides and literature, to keep the visitors updated on the sites as they pass by. Every trip will be of 2.5 hour to 3 hour duration and the ticket fares will be kept nominal though it has not yet been finalized.