Hassan Darshana: One-day trip to explore tourist spots

Tourism dept looks to tap Hasanamba Mahotsava crowd

The District Administration and the Tourism department, in an effort to utilise the Hasanamba jatramahotsava to popularise the tourism destinations of the district, have organised ‘Hassan Darshana’, a special programme for the benefit of thousands of devotees visiting the city.

The people arriving in the city can visit six tourist spots of the district at a discounted rate of Rs 200 per person.

The KSRTC bus that will depart from the Tourism department’s office near AVK College at 7.30 am, will visit Kondajji, Koravangala, Rudrapatana and Ramanathapura. It would return to Hassan at 2 pm. After lunch, it will depart at 3 pm and take the tourists to Doddagaddavalli, Halebeedu and Belur and return to Hassan at 9 pm.

Due to shortage of time, only six tourist spots in the district have been selected. The bus has 52 seats and a guide will be deputed to provide information on the places. Another person will accompany him for security purpose.

The programme is being implemented on an experimental basis, during Hasanamba festival. If there is good response, it may be extended up to Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka. There are plans to include a few more tourist destinations and make it into a two or three-day package. The KSRTC has to be paid Rs 10,500 per day. The number of buses will be increased if there are a large number of tourists, said U Jitendranath, Deputy Director, Tourism department.

The passengers are given a water bottle and handbook on the tourism destinations of the district. A three-minute audio message on the must-see tourist destinations will be played, he added.

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