While the Palace on Wheels, a royal trip to city’s palaces, is already a hit among the foreigners for some time now, for the first time, ‘Akash Ambari’, a special plane service has been added to the services to attract tourists.
Minister of State for Tourism Priyank Kharge told presspersons that the air service had been launched by the Tourism Department through Kairali Aviation Pvt. Ltd. Two eight-seater flights will operate twice a day from HAL airport in Bengaluru to Mysuru airport. The flight will commence at 8.30 am and 3 pm from Bengaluru to Mysuru and at 9.30 am and 5 pm from Mysuru to Bengaluru.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the ‘Akash Ambari’, service on Friday much to the excitement of the visitors.
Similarly, a two-night-one-day special package on the Golden Chariot train will also be launched on October 1 to showcase Dasara. The journey starting from Mysuru will cost Rs. 30,000 per person. In addition, a curated tour of ‘Royal Routes’ will be unveiled to showcase seven palaces in Mysuru, Kharge said.
The Minister, who also holds the IT portfolio, said the Tourism Department has associated with the IT Department to crowd-source innovative ideas and concepts for the development of tourism sector through start ups. Booking may be done on www.karnatakatourism.org; www.karnatakaholidays.net or www.junglelodges.com
The Tourism Department also launched a management information system-backed online tourism platform titled ‘Prathama’ (Pravasi Thana Mahiti or tourist centre information).