The Hop-on-hop-off buses are finally introduced in Mysuru. The city is well known for its heritage and culture, and the place is a popular tourist attraction. During the famous Mysuru Dasara festival, a lot of tourists visit the place from all around the world.
The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation( KSTDC) has launched the services of Ambari, double-decker buses to make tourism smooth and hassle-free.
Shri C.P. Yogeeshwara, Minister of Tourism, inaugurated Ambari bus services on 2nd March 2021. The services have been started, and the buses have finally hit the road. It’s a bright purple bus with a majestic Ambari elephant drawn over the body. An open roof bus inspired by London’s Big Bus model, the bus fare is very reasonably priced at ₹250 per person.
The Ambari buses are built in such a way that will facilitate the tourist experience.
It is an open roof customized bus, with a seating capacity of 40 people. It is arranged in two decks, with 20 seats each in the upper-lower deck. An audio guide will be played on the bus in Kannada and English as the bus reaches the particular tourist destination.
The initiative was taken by the former Chief Minister of Karnataka to attract tourism. He had provided the funds for the launch of six double-decker buses that cost five crores, and the buses are manufactured in Bengaluru.
The Hop-on- hop-off buses will take the visitors to all the tourist places of Mysuru like Mysuru palace, Zoo, Jaganmohan Palace, Open-air Theatre, Karanji Palace, Crawford Hall, St Philomena’s Church, Sangolli Rayanna Circle, Chamundi Vihar Stadium, Museums, Mansions, and other tourist heritage sites.
The Hop-on-hop-off buses can be booked online via reservation facilities with an additional tour guide facility. The department is currently working towards it.
There are a total of six Ambari buses that will run in Mysuru for sightseeing. The other two will run in Hampi of Ballar district after the summers, said the KSTDC Managing Director, Mr. Kumar Pushkar.