E-ticketing: Now jump the queue at Mysuru Palace, pay smart

After the century-old Mysuru ZOO receiving a tremendous response to its e-ticketing system introduced in 2012, the world famous Mysuru Palace seems to follow its footsteps as it is all set to go digital.

From coming January, visitors to the palace will have an option to purchase tickets on the click of a button and long queues to purchase the same, especially during weekends and holidays, may become a thing of the past. With this, visitors who have planned their visit well in advance can jump the queues without even standing in it – by purchasing tickets online.

The introduction of e-ticketing, however, was a long-pending demand of visitors who had had devil of a time waiting in the queues. And the timing of going digital couldn’t be better than this with the Central government promoting cashless transactions. The palace will also allow the use of plastic money to purchase the tickets at the counters – the facility which currently is not available.

Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said that the digitisation work was under progress and was in full swing. In a bid to promote cashless transaction, Randeep said, e-ticketing will be introduced from January. PoS machines will also be introduced to facilitate visitors to swipe their debit and credit cards.

According to Randeep, all the facilities provided at the palace at additional cost would be integrated on the Mysuru Palace’s official website including the booking of guides. The website, he added, will also have an option to know the money conversion rate for people visiting from other countries.

According to officials, payments to procure e-tickets are processed on a secure server and net banking, credit or debit cards can be used. All leading payments processing systems such as VISA and MasterCard will be accepted. The date of introduction of e-ticketing, however, is yet to be announced.

The palace records 10,000 visitors every day, 15,000 during holidays and 25,000 every day in the month of December. The palace has a footfall of 30 to 35 lakh visitors every year comprising more than 1 lakh foreign visitors.

– Mujahid Deputy

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