Close on the heels of the hop-on-hop-off “Cycle Party”, the government has now launched it’s very own ‘HOHO’ Bus, hop-on-hop-off! A Goa Tourism Development Corporation venture, the ‘HOHO’ Buses come in variants of double decker and high-decker. Either fully closed or open on the upper deck, partially or fully air conditioned. A welcome attraction in the picturesque state! Its flexibility of boarding gives it an edge over other modes of transport. Tourists can now board at any specified tourist point. Besides being able to hop-on-and-hop-off for sightseeing, the rides are affordable. The Ho-Ho takes sightseeing to a whole new level in Goa.
With two double-deckers and two high-deckers already launched, the State government plans on adding 75 similar buses to its existing fleet.
The bus operates from its ‘Purple Office’ (HOHO Goa), at Patto in Panjim and ends at the Goa State Museum, Patto.
From the headquarters, it courses through heritage sites of Old Goa where relics of St. Francis Xavier lie. The route covers Old Goa’s St. Catherine Chapel, ASI Museum, Se Cathedral, Viceroy Arch, Basilica of Bom Jesus, St Augustine Tower, St. Monica Nunnery Church, Museum of Christian Art and Our Lady of Rosary Church. Then onward to Ribandar Causeway, Divja Circle, Panjim, with a City tour.
Panjim City tour includes Paryatan Bhavan (Dept. Of Tourism) building, Purple Office, HOHO Goa en route Kadamba Bus Stand, Panjim Church, Altinho (Panjim Hilltop), Archbishops Palace, Goa Science Center, Dona Paula, Miramar Beach, Sports Authority of Goa, Kala Academy, Bhagwan Mahavir Garden, Panjim Market, Casino Point, Adil Shah Palace ( Old Secretariat Building), Customs Museum, River Cruise point, Kadamba Bus Stand and Goa State Museum.
What a wonderful way to spend the day!
Highlights of the HOHO
- Location based multi-lingual running commentary
- High Frequency of buses at each sightseeing point
- CCTV Surveillance
- GPS tracking
- Day Pass for flexibility at each sightseeing point
- Multilingual GPS based commentary system
- Double and high deck airconditioned coaches with better visibility
- On-board GRE (Guest Relations Executive) for guidance
Very Reasonable Rates
- 1-day Pass – Rs. 300
- 2-day pass – Rs. 500
(Rates are same for Adult and Child)*
- Online booking: Coming soon…
- For more details:
Call : +91-832-2438830 / 2438831 (8am to 8pm)
Information and Picture credit: GTDC, Goa