Providing a flexible option for tourists to spend more time at their favourite historic and tourist spots in the city, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is shortly launching hop-on and hop-off service.
A first-of-its-kind service in the city, it covers 12 historical and tourists venues, including Qutub Shahi tombs, Golconda Fort, Chowmahalla Palace, Snow world, Jal Vihar etc.
Under this service, tourists will be provided an opportunity to visit all the 12 identified spots or pick their favourite places to spend time. They will be given the option of picking nine, six or three venues and depending on the choice, the fare would be fixed.
Tourists would be taken in air-conditioned buses. While, the adult fare for visiting all the 12 places is Rs. 250, it is Rs. 225 for nine places, Rs.175 for six and Rs.100 for three places, APTDC authorities informed.
Guides would accompany tourists in the buses and the fare for this service excludes entry fee at the venues. Four exclusive buses will be operated under the service and they will be shuttling from 9 a.m to 10 p.m.
Two buses will be operated from Paryatak Bhavan, Begumpet to Qutub Shahi Tombs covering all the places, another two buses would be operated from the other direction. Tourists will have the convenience of boarding any bus that arrives at the venue.
Authorities are gearing up to launch the service shortly and have already constructed 10 exclusive bus shelters at different areas in the city. Tourists will have to board or alight buses at these bus shelters and visit the nearest venue. “All the modalities have been completed and hopefully the service would be launched in next week,” says APTDC Vice-chairman and MD Sandeep Kumar Sultania.