Overwhelming response to Palace on Wheels

Tourism Department to make it a regular feature

The stupendous response by the visitors for the unique feature of the Dasara 2016, Palace on Wheels made the tourism department to think of continuing the special intra-city tour. The heritage city which has as many as 7 palaces worth visiting, the trip to the palaces has made the visitors happy and the tourism department has garnered praise from the tourists.

The tour was priced at Rs 999, which included lunch at the Lalith Mahal Palace hotel and snacks at Aloka Palace. The tourists were provided with a key chain of the shape of Mysuru Palace. They also enjoyed free Wi-Fi in the air conditioned Volvo buses used for the trip.

Speaking to City Today, Janardhan, Deputy Director of Tourism Department, said: “The tourism department had no idea how the response would be. We had decided to add buses if the tourists had booked their seats in larger numbers for the 10-day-long tour which took place every day. The response from the tourists was tremendous and they were full of praise for the well organised trip”.

“We were worried about the response from the tourists as the Cauvery dispute erupted just before the Dasara festivities. Fortunately, tourists turned up in large numbers to take part in the tour. They also requested the department to continue the feature on weekends,” he said.

Though the visitors want it to be a regular feature, it is not easy to be implemented as Cheluvamba Mansion (CFTRI) and Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace are now government offices. The tourism department would hold a meeting to discuss the implementation of the Palace on Wheels as a weekend feature as soon as possible.

The event had received quite lesser bookings on October 3 and October 4, but on the last two days, the department had to employ three buses to meet the demand by the public. If Palace on Wheels becomes a regular feature, it would undoubtedly attract visitors in large numbers, which in turn will boost tourism in the heritage city.

-By Shreeharsha C M

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