Absorb you ever wished to scoot round the usual spots of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on a sightseeing bus? Right here’s your chance, as PTDC launches a tour bus for local and foreign tourists, and at an affordable fee
Don’t be very a lot surprised to detect a sparkling crimson bus on the streets of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It’s there to recall you round the few standard spots of the capital. So trip on, for a day-prolonged sightseeing tour, starting at Flashman’s Lodge in Rawalpindi to Super Market in Islamabad and support.
An initiative of the Pakistan Tourism Constructing Corporation (PTDC), this ‘Islamabad Tour’ became launched on Jan 10, 2018. The goal of the carrier is to advertise tourism; to invite local and foreign tourists to abilities the culture and surroundings of Islamabad.
But weeks after its start, it quiet awaits a warm response from tourists. “The response up to now has been lukewarm,” confirms Khalid Satti, a senior PTDC officialwho takes care of the venture. “We’re hoping it’ll change into a typical route for guests very quickly.”
“Absolute self perception, there’s need for this kind of carrier in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. But, it needs to be atmosphere pleasant and of very excessive quality to effectively showcase a sure image of the nation,” says Irfan Ali, a neighborhood vacationer.
One bus and one van, embellished in sparkling colors, recall off from the head region of job of PTDC at Flashman’s Lodge in Rawalpindi at 9am on daily foundation. They attain the company’s Islamabad region of job at Super Market F-6 in an hour to purchase extra tourists. And, then, they embark on the sightseeing tour, stopping at Saidpur Village, Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Lok Virsa, and Lake Sight Park near Rawal Dam. By late afternoon, the bus drops off tourists at Super Market and returns to Flashman’s Lodge.
For the time being, the PTDC has readied one prolonged coach and three vans for sightseeing motive. But this day they’re running them on query of. Currently, given the slack response, it is running handiest one bus a day. The fare per particular person for the tour is Rs500 for faculty students and Rs600 for tourists. The fare comprises entry tickets for the total sites. The bus stops at each location from about 30-50 minutes, reckoning on the hobby of guests.
Satti informs the PTDC will quickly change these buses with double-decker buses to procedure tourists. Currently, he adds, “the company is staring at for public response. It would optimistically make sure”.
PTDC plans to fabricate higher the checklist of websites to Rawalpindi’s Ayub Nationwide Park and historic museum of Taxila, particularly for the weekend tours.
“It is far a giant carrier, particularly, for those coming from other cities. And it’s not costly,” says Amna Khan, a neighborhood resident, whereas calculating the fee of gas or taxi fare to scoot to those locations.
“Absolute self perception, there’s need for this kind of carrier in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. But, it needs to be atmosphere pleasant and of very excessive quality to effectively showcase a sure image of the nation,” says Irfan Ali, a neighborhood vacationer. He adds that the carrier needs to be of world customary and be equipped with web facility to enable tourists to put up photos and spread the note round in accurate time. “The PTDC must manufacture the route even extra enticing.”
A double-decker sightseeing bus carrier is already working in Lahore, a city is believed as the coronary heart of Pakistan.