Srinagar: Taking a cue from European model of transportation, a Valley-based transport company has introduced open-air buses and caravans in the Valley for tourists.
Calling the venture Kehwa Onwheels, the company said while an open air buses can accommodate 28 people, a two-bedroom caravan with attached bath can be hired by four to six people.
The company, Kehwa Express Services Private Limited, which introduced radio taxi service in the Valley for the first time in 2010, also has a fleet of luxury coaches of 10, 15, 18 and 23 passengers. These GPS-fitted coaches come with LCD TVs, shoulder and leg massagers, infotainment systems, pushback seats and other business-class facilities.
“We want to transform and redefine transportation services in Kashmir. Our fleet of 25 ultra-luxury coaches, mobile homes and open-air buses is the first step in this direction,” chief operating officer Kehwa Onwheels Vipin Tyagi told Kashmir Reader.
Tyagi said his company also plans introducing mobile restaurants to cater to tourists.
“Besides tourists, we will also offer our services to corporate groups which visit the Valley for business meetings,” said Tyagi.
“For local sightseeing we have identified 16 spots where six of our buses will operate. Infotainment systems in the buses can be listened to in eight languages, including Kashmiri, Hindi and Urdu. The tourists will get an automated briefing at every spot they visit,” he added.
These six buses have been categorised as Paradise Onwheels, CASA Onwheels, Explore Onwheels, Cafe Onwheels and Care Onwheels.
Anees Ali, who runs a travel agency called Kashmir Trip Advisor, told Kashmir Reader said the Kehwa on Wheels is an innovative step and will prove a big hit with the tourists besides providing tour operators an opportunity to earn some more money.
President Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK) Showkat Pakhtoon said the introduction of the sophisticated fleet of coaches will be an attraction for the tourists visiting Kashmir. But he said such high-end transport facilities need good roads and highways.