Common tickets for tourist spots reintroduced

The Dasara Executive Committee is mulling over the re-introduction of ‘Tourist passport/tickets’, which would help tourists in getting access to major tourist destinations around Mysore.

The tickets are expected to be launched during the second half of September and will be available to tourists visiting Mysore till October 15.

Such tickets, which were launched in 2005, were discontinued following a lukewarm response, and are being re-introduced after a period of nine years.

The tickets will provide entry to six major tourist destinations around Mysore. The common tickets are being introduced to avoid lengthy queues of tourists at ticket counters at places such as the Amba Vilas Palace and Mysore Zoo.

The tourist destinations, which have been selected for the proposed ‘Tourist Passport’ are Amba Vilas Palace, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Chamundi Hill, Karanji Lake, Krishnarajasagar Reservoir and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

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There will be three categories of tickets, which could be used by tourists to gain entry into two or more of the six tourist destinations identified by the Dasara Executive Committee. According to B P Ravi, Executive Director of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, the Tourist Passports will be colour-coded.

An orange-coloured common passport/ticket, could be used by tourists to enter both the Palace and the Zoo, a green-coloured ticket could be used as a common ticket for entrance to Palace, Zoo, Karanji Lake and Chamundi Hill. A blue-coloured ticket will provide access to all the six tourist destinations identified by the committee.

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The tickets, when launched, will be available for sale at all major tourist destinations, hotels, offices of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and other places. The tickets will also be sold online.

According to Deputy Director for Tourism S K Husseini, other details regarding the tourism passport/tickets will be discussed in a meeting scheduled to be held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on April 19.

“The meeting will collect opinion from stakeholders of the tourism industry in the region, so that the tickets can benefit a good number of tourists,” he said.

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