Come September, the national capital will have its own hop-on hop-off bus service, modelled on the lines of best of such facilities in European countries.
The service is being launched mainly to offer the visitors of the Commonwealth Games a better experience in exploring the city -- be it Delhi's famous monuments or its authentic food.
The hop-on hop-off bus service will take the tourists to not only to the historical monuments, museums and other places of importance but it will also to authentic Indian restaurants and popular markets.
"We are trying to make it a wonderful experience for the visitors of the Games. Most likely the service will be launched on September 15," said Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta.
However, tourists will have to wait a little longer for experiencing Delhi from the rooftops of the hop-on hop off buses as such a facility will be offered at a later stage.
Mehta said initially 15 to 20 air conditioned low floor buses will be pressed into the service and all the buses will have well trained guides besides other facilities like digital video screen.
"Well trained guides will also be deployed at historical monuments to offer the tourists a great experience while exploring the city," Mehta said adding buses will be made available at selected monuments, shopping complexes and at eateries at an interval of 15 minutes.
Mehta said there will be common ticketing for the service and tourists can spend as much time they want at a particular
venue and then get into any of the buses.
He said already, several flexible packages were finalised to offer the visitors various options for the service initiated by Delhi Government's Tourism Department.
The Chief Secretary said the service will be operated by Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) and Prasanna Transport Company of Indore.
The UMTC is a unique public private partnership of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS).
UMTC was formed to facilitate the design, development and implementation of sustainable road transport projects.
Delhi is expected to receive over one lakh tourists during the Games to be held from October 3 to 14.