Clearly setting its eyes on the upcoming elections, the State government has launched a subsidised tour to various pilgrimage and historic places in South India too woo all community members.
The package comes at a price of Rs 2,844 that is 25 per cent less than those offered by private tour operators. The scheme was kicked off from 19 places in Bengaluru and two places in Kalaburagi on September 27. The tour covers prominent pilgrimage places in South India including Tirupathi, Kalahasti, Shirdi, Mantralaya, Madhurai and Aiyyappa Swami temple in Kerala. Besides, it also covers prominent mosques and churches in the State, reports Kannada Prabha.
Besides, one can also visit the Savadatti Yallamma temple, Basadi that is considered holy among jain community and the controversial Baba Budangiri too.
The second phase of the programme will be launched on October 15, and the scheme will be on for a year. The state government will spend R 2,844 on each traveller, and beyond that, the traveller has to take care of. The state government has dedicated 24 AC deluxe buses for the purpose and there are no terms and conditions. What more, the state government will take care of your accommodation at KSTDC hotels. But at present, there are no plans to provide meals for the pilgrims. However, the government promised to add this facility in the package in the later days, reports Kannada Prabha.
The scheme titled as 'Punitha yathra' was launched in the City to mark the World Tourism Day. The government hopes to take at least 1.38 lakh pilgrims on the tour.
Those interested to travel in the 'Punitha Yatra' can make their bookings at the www.kstdc.co or call 080-43344334 or 8970650070