The Uttar Pradesh government is readying to launch European style package tours in famous tourist destinations across the state.
Most European countries offer such package tours by government owned bodies and UP wants to replicate the model in the state.
The UP tourism and UP Roadways have joined hands to rollout package tours, which are likely to rollout from mid-October. The two departments would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect to formalise the decision.
Volvo buses would be deployed for these tours and the first set of vehicles would be arriving from next moth. These buses would be tastefully decorated with pictures related to the respective tourist destinations.
The buses, accompanied by tourism police and guides, would offer hop-on-hop-off facilities to tourists.
So far, only private players have been operating such tours in UP, but now the government has decided to launch similar service with promises of better amenities.
Tourists would be offered 20% discount in hotels operated by UP tourism.
State tourism director general Amrit Abhijat said it was incumbent upon the government to instill a sense of security amongst tourists, both domestic and international when they visit UP.
In first phase, tourist and religious destinations in Lucknow, Sitapur, Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Ayodhya and Bareilly would be launched.
The government is according priority to package tours in the Buddhist Circuit, since it attracts a large number of foreign backpackers, who primarily look forward to government operated services for reasons of safety and security. The government wants to encash this sentiment to good effect.
The Buddhist Circuit tours would cover Varanasi, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sravasti and Varanasi. Besides, another circuit of Mathura, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Vrindavan and Govardhan would be covered in subsequent phases.