VARANASI: Kashi will soon become the first city in India where a visitor will be able to make a trip to every religious and tourist site in the city using a single digital ticket booked online through a ticketing facility of their choice.
The facility is being brought by including the tickets of Kashi Vishwanath temple in KV Dham area, Dhamekha Stupa, and Archaeological Survey of India’s museum, light and sound show at Sarnath, museum of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade Facility Centre, Ramnagar fort and Namo Ghat, said divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal. Booking of cruises on the Ganga and parking sites of Maidagin, Godowlia and Beniabagh will also be possible, he said.
This will be the first facility of its kind in the country, said Agrawal, mentioning, “This facility, which is yet to be named, is aimed at enabling the visitor to schedule the visit of all sites of their preference in advance. In case of missing the initially fixed schedule, visits can be rescheduled.”
“The visitor will be able to take the entire package or select the sites and facilities of his own preference,” he said, adding that tickets of each place and facility will be provided at discounted rates in the form of a single digital ticket. Booking of railway station lounges, and if the traders and restaurant owners show interest, even their services will be included in this facility at discounted prices. The ticket will be made available in QR code form, the DC said.
With the finalisation of financial bidding by Varanasi Smart City Limited on Monday, the contract for developing website, app and other solutions will be awarded to an IT company, said Agrawal. The company will have six weeks to get the facility ready for use.
Technical bidding for this facility had been done, he said, adding that three IT companies took part in it and had given their detailed presentation on Saturday. The firm chosen on Monday will develop the facility in six weeks. After testing, the final version will be formally introduced for visitors from across the globe.

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