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Delhi to get hop-on hop-off bus service six days before Games

The much-awaited hop-on hop-off bus service, modelled on best of such facilities in European countries, will finally be launched in the national capital on September 27 -- six days ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2010 15:56 IST

The much-awaited hop-on hop-off bus service, modelled on best of such facilities in European countries, will finally be launched in the national capital on September 27 -- six days ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

To be known as 'Ho Ho', the service will offer visitors to the mega sporting event a "hassle-free" ride as well as a perfect introduction to the city, said Reena Roy, Managing Director of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation.

The hop-on hop-off bus service will ferry the visitors to not only to the historical monuments, museums and other popular tourist destinations but also to authentic Indian restaurants and popular markets.

Roy said monuments, museums, art galleries, gardens, shopping centres and tourist destinations will be on the route of HoHo and visitors can hop on and hop off at their pace. "We are making elaborate arrangements to make Ho Ho service a great success," Roy said, adding the bus service will also take the visitors to popular eating joints.

The tourists will be able to spend as much time they want to spend at any particular place and go to the next destination as per their wish as buses will ply through the route continuously at an interval of 30 minutes.

The tours will be conducted in specially designed low-floor air-conditioned buses which will have trained guides besides other onboard facilities like digital video screen and GPS systems.

"The service is designed to provide a complete experience of the city to a tourist," she said. The Tourism Department already has trained guides who will be deployed at historical monuments to offer the tourists relevant information.

The department is also offering a host of services on its website www.delhitourism.gov.in. Even before tourists set out for Delhi, they can download thematic city maps, information brochures and informative videos to plan their trip better.

Information such as type of hotel, booking services, Bed and Breakfast establishments, guest houses, transport and flight services, currency converter and weather updates besides detailed information on city's heritage, must-see attractions and eateries are being made available at the click of a mouse.

Delhi is expected to receive over one lakh tourists during the Games to be held from October 3 to 14.