Six days before the much-awaited Commonwealth Games, the Capital is flagging off its fleet of ‘hop-on hop-off’ buses.
Known as the ‘HoHo’ service, the fleet promises to offer visitors a ‘hassle-free ticket’ to explore Delhi.
“The service is being modelled on the best of similar facilities offered in European countries and will be launched by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the occasion of International Tourism Day,” said a senior Delhi Government official.
The fleet will ferry visitors not only to historical monuments, museums and other popular tourist destinations, but also to authentic Indian restaurants and popular markets.
“Popular tourist destinations such as historical monuments, museums, art galleries, gardens and shopping centres will be on the HoHo route. Visitors can hop on and hop off wherever they like,” the official said.
The tourists can spend as much time as they wish at any destination on the route, as the buses will ply at an interval of 30 minutes.
“The fleet consists of specially-designed low-floor air-conditioned buses which will have trained guides, in addition to other on-board facilities such as digital video screen and GPS systems. The service is being designed to provide a complete experience of the city to a tourist,” the official said.
Delhi Tourism Department officials said that the department is also offering a host of tourist-friendly services on its website to help visitors plan their itinerary even before they set out for the Capital.
“They can download thematic city maps, information brochures and informative videos to plan their trip better. Information such as types of hotels, booking services, bed-and-breakfast establishments, guest houses, transport and flight services, currency converter and weather updates, along with detailed information on city’s heritage, must-see attractions and eateries are being made available at the click of a mouse,” the official said.