Karnataka to run special buses from December 1 to cater to Sabarimala pilgrimage rush

KSRTC will run new services on the Bengaluru-Pamba route from December 1, 2019.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to introduce new bus services on the Bengaluru-Pampa route to cater to the rush due to the two-month-long annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season.

In a statement released on Wednesday, KSRTC's Bengaluru Divisional Controller said the new services would be introduced from December 1. "The new services include a Rajahamsa (executive non-AC) and Volvo (AC) bus that will operate on a daily basis from Shantinagar Bus Station in Bengaluru," the official told Indianexpress.com

According to the schedule, the Rajahamsa bus will leave Shantinagar bus stand at 1 pm and reach Pamba at 8.15 am the next day. On its return journey, the bus will depart from Pamba at 5 pm and reach Bengaluru by 12 noon the next day. Each ticket is priced at Rs 940.

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However, each ticket for Volvo bus operated by the KSRTC will cost Rs 1250. The bus will leave Shantinagar in Bengaluru daily at 2 pm and reach Pamba at 6.45 am. On its return leg, the bus will depart from Pamba at 6 pm to reach Bengaluru at 9.45 am.

How to book bus Bengaluru-Sabarimala bus tickets?

The KSRTC has advised passengers to reserve tickets prior to the date of journey either online (www.ksrtc.in) or at computerised KSRTC ticket counters operated at key bus depots across and outside the state.

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A total of 707 such ticket counters are operational in Karnataka and across neighbouring states, according to KSRTC’s passenger advisory.