New Delhi: `Hoho` - the capital`s first
hop-on hop-off bus service - was launched today to offer
Commonwealth Games visitors a "perfect introduction" to Delhi.
The bus service, primarily targeting CWC visitors, was
flagged off by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
It will run across the city covering almost all the
important tourist destinations including monuments, museums
and popular markets.
"The bus service will take visitors across the city. It is
a very special service and I hope people will like it,"
Modelled on the best of such facilities in some European
countries, the starting point of the hop-on hop-off bus
service will be the Baba Kharag Singh Marg in Connaught Place.
Tourists can hop on and hop off at any of the 19 stops on
the way as per their convenience. The buses will ply at half
hour interval from 8 AM to 8 PM.
All the 14 `Hoho` buses are spacious, air-conditioned and
have on-board entertainment facilities. Every bus has a guest
relations executive who will give tourists information about
all the sites which are part of the tour.
"One comprehensive Hoho route covers most of the major
attractions in Delhi and these are a mix of famous historic
sites, museums and markets of Delhi. For visitors, the service
will be an perfect introduction to Delhi," said Reena Roy,
Managing Director of Delhi Tourism and Transportation
Development Corporation (DTTDC).
Dikshit said the number of buses may be increased in
future depending on the response of tourists.
The `Hoho` service is a joint venture between DTTDC,
Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd and Urban Mass
Transit Company Ltd (UMTC).
"Hoho buses follow a loop system, which is organised in
such a way that these buses continuously move on a fixed route
all day long. So one can board or get off a bus at any of the
earmarked points on the way," said another official.
Anybody wanting to experience the service can book their
ticket online at www.hohodelhi.com or just hop onto the bus
and by a ticket on board. A ticket will cost Rs 300.
Entry tickets to major monuments like Red Fort, Qutub
Minar and Humayun`s tomb and some other sites like Dilli Haat
will be available inside the buses.
Roy said the service has been designed to provide a
perfect introduction to the city to tourists.
The Tourism Department already has trained guides who will
be deployed at historical monuments to offer the tourists