Hampi tourism: home to some of the most magnificent ruins and an otherworldly landscape, the UNESCO World Heritage Site will soon add another charm to its already enriched vista, with the introduction of buggy trains for tourists from November onwards. By Kumar Shree

If you’ve been planning a visit to Hampi, be prepared for some pleasant surprise. The UNESCO World Heritage Site will soon introduce diesel-powered buggy trains to take you around to all the popular tourist spots.

 

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These 42-seater trackless diesel trains are already under installation, and a Bengaluru-based company is working on the project. Hampi is gradually picking up on the number of travellers after being shut down for nearly six months because of the pandemic. Hence, the authorities have come up with these new measures to attract more visitors by introducing better amenities. The Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWAMA) and Ballari district administration are taking care of the process.

The trains will begin operation either in the first or the second week of November and will be equipped with all the necessary precautionary measures related to the Coronavirus pandemic to make sure no cases of outbreak occur at the destination.

 

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As reported by The Times of India, HWAMA commissioner PN Lokesh said, “Nearly 150 to 200 tourists are visiting Hampi daily. More than 800 tourists flock to the world heritage site during weekends. We have already introduced battery-operated vehicles for the convenience of the tourists and many plans are afoot to improve the facilities in Hampi.”

Divulging more details about the project, he also added, “We will charge a nominal fee of INR 300 per person. Once tourists board this train, they can see all important monuments which come in the seven-kilometre stretch from Kamalapur Mayur Bhuvaneshwari temple to Veerupaksha temple. There will be five stops on the route including at the Queen’s bath, Kamal Mahal and Krishna temple.”

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