Come October and Delhiites will have a new way to explore the city. Colourful, air-conditioned tourist buses will soon start plying, which will not only cover Delhi's important tourist destinations like monuments and museums, but also markets, popular eating joints and parks.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday morning launched fourteen of these buses under the hop-on, hop-off service — more popularly known as Hoho bus. Arranged by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, the service has been started in partnership with Purple UMTC Transit Pvt. Ltd. Officials said tourists can hop on and hop off at any of the stops along the way according to their convenience. These buses will ply at half-an-hour intervals from 8am to 8pm every day. Tickets have been priced at Rs 300 for adults and Rs 150 for children.
The buses will start plying for the general public from October 1 and will run free of cost for under-privileged kids and senior citizens from September 28 to 30. The service starts at Coffee Home in Baba Kharag Singh Marg and will have stoppages at Delhi Gate, Red Fort, Rajghat, National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate, Purana Quila, Humayun Tomb, Defence Colony Metro Station, Lotus Temple, Metropolitan Mall Saket/Select City Walk, Qutab Minar, Hauz Khas Village, Dilli Haat (INA), Safdarjung Tomb, Santushti near Hotel Samrat, Teen Murti Marg-Nehru Museum, National Museum Janpath and Jantar Mantar.
With this route, people will get to visit sites like Khooni Darwaza, Ferozeshah Kotla, Gandhi Museum, Ambedkar Stadium, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, various samadhis around Rajghat, National Stadium, Children's Park, India Gate, Pragati Maidan, Crafts Museum, National Zoological Park, Isa Khan Tomb, Nizamuddin Dargah, Gole Gumbaj, Sunderwala Burj, Defence Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar Central Market, Kalkaji District Park, ISKCON Temple, Hotel Intercontinental Eros, Hilton Garden Inn, Garden of Five Senses, Qila Rai Pithora, Ahimsa Sthal, Butterfly Park, Indian Handicraft Emporium, Deer Park, Hauz Rani monument, Hauz Khas Market, Dilli Haat, INA Market, Lodi Garden, Jaipur Polo Ground, Nehru Planetarium, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Janpath Market, Crafts Emporium, etc.
Passengers will buy one ticket and they will be allowed to hop on and hop off from any of the stoppages after visiting nearby monuments, markets, etc. Every bus will have a guest relations executive who will give information about all the sites which are part of the tour and which can be accessed. One can hop off the bus at any Hoho bus point and explore the site/museum/market at leisure and then hop on the bus from the same Hoho point and continue the tour.