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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Madrasa Suthi Paaka Poren

Parveen Travels, a popular tour operator has unveiled plans to offer hop-on hop-off bus tour in Chennai.

Parveen's facility plans to cover popular landmarks in the city such as Music Academy, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Kalakshetra, Birla Planetarium and Fort St. George.

"Usually, foreign tourists visit the city only as part of a travel package and spend about 10- 15 minutes seeing each of these places. As they stay in five-star hotels outside the city, sightseeing within the city is difficult," Mr Afzal said.

To help tourists explore Chennai, the company will initially ply three 35-seater air-conditioned buses through various sightseeing spots and heritage centres.

The company has devised an itinerary so that there would be a bus at these locations every hour.

Although open top bus tours are popular in western cities like London, it remains to be seen whether the hop-on hop-off concept can click in Chennai. Western cities are more organized and tourists can find their way using Lonely Planet guides and other travel brochures. In places like Chennai, the foreign tourists might need the assistance of tourist guides to get around. By using established travel agencies / approved travel guides, the tourists can avoid being fleeced by touts at the particular tourist attraction.

9 Comments:

  • nameste kaps,
    happy blogging
    cheers
    jhaji.

    By Blogger sanjay jha, at 12:35 PM  

  • how much does it cost?

    By Blogger Nandhu, at 6:19 PM  

  • that should be a good initiative.. and it can be easily marketable, provided the maps & pickup / dropoff points are clearly defined/executed without any issues...

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 6:23 PM  

  • it might not be that bad of an idea. especially when the weather is better, and prolly traffic is a lot lesser! its a good idea, trust only Chennai to come up with creative n progressive thinking in the whole of the country!

    By Blogger rt, at 8:24 PM  

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    By Blogger I am not, at 10:17 PM  

  • This is definitely a good move provided the plan is executed with utmost perfection. South-Indians have a knack to confuse things.

    By Blogger Ramya, at 3:43 PM  

  • This was launched in Bangalore sometime back. Not sure, if it is doing well - Most of the time, I see the bus parked opposite the Brindavan Hotel in M.G.Road. Even with Bangalore's weather, if this is difficult, I wonder how it will be in Chennai. But your never know.

    By Blogger BNB, at 2:35 AM  

  • I welcome the idea. My reservation is on the issue of these services running punctually since the traffic can upset any well laid-out plan.

    The city should have clear signs in tamil and english to allow visitors to find their way around. even the residents would find it useful.

    By Anonymous Anand Srini, at 1:02 AM  

  • That is really a nice idea when you are in the unknown city these types of buses can really help you a lot.

    By Anonymous umesh patil, at 3:24 PM  

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