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Dasara on wheels, buggy rides added Dasara features

The Tourism Sub-Committee of the Dasara festivities has chalked out a number of new attractions for the famous 10-day celebrations of Mysore's annual event of religious and historic significance.

A new addition will be "Dasara on wheels" for taking tourists to major tourist places in the city in a double decker bus. A ticket holder can hop-on and hop-out at any tourist spot after visiting that place. Exclusively designed for tourists to take a look of Mysore, while going round the city, it will operate once an hour.

To avoid tourists standing in lengthy queues for admission tickets, a visitor can buy a "tourism passport" and can have direct entry into Chamundi Temple, Zoo, Karanji Tank Boating Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Brindavan Gardens (KRS).

Hotels are reporting heavy bookings for accommodation during the festive season which commenced from September 23 and to conclude on October 2, in particular on the last two days, when the famous Vijaya Dasami procession marks the end of Dasara 2006.

In order to meet the demand, a 'home stay' facility is also being organised as in the last two years. This will provide tourists, in particular those coming from abroad, a taste of the Mysore culture. Steps have been taken to list the house-owners who are offering such a facility.

The 'heritage tonga' drivers are sporting the traditional Durbar dress - a laced turban and a black long-coat, this time. Well-kept and decorated 25 tongas are operating in the city to take tourists through the major routes and also around the Palace with a tourist guide to explain the significance of the heritage buildings.

Showcasing of a wide range of horse buggies coming from all over the world has also been launched, reviving the old tradition of riding in horse drawn coaches.

Facilities to assist and guide tourists by informative brochure on all the 10-day programmes, making it available at the railway station and the bus stand, tourist information on accommodation, tourist places, train and bus timings by setting up 15 information kiosks on leading roads and computer kiosks at important places are also made.

The committee is offering information on tourist places like Madikeri, Hassan, Mandya and Chamarajanagar with guide maps, set up of a 24-hour tourism desk, handing over a brochure on huge heritage trees in the city.

Free demonstration lectures on Yoga and spirituality for interested tourists is also being conducted.

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