Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has been a favourite among travellers in South India for its prompt and courteous service, specially the Airavat. Airavat is the premium service by KSRTC; a fleet of both Volvo and Mercedes Benz.
Airavat is a mythological white elephant who carries Hindu god Indra that made it the king of all elephants. The name also means” the one who knits or binds the clouds”
KSRTC has launched its new fleet of Volvo 9400PX, the longest Volvo in India and for the first time comes with toilet and in-house pantry that is named Airavat Bliss and Supreme. Airavat Bliss will have toilet and in-house pantry while Superia will only have a toilet. The buses also have screens behind every seat that have wi-fi facility with TV along with ear phones and remote control.
At an additional cost of Rs.15, passengers can avail wi-fi facility from the conductor and get a scratch card for that will have the password for internet access.
The in-house pantry has a list of dishes on the menu to choose from for an additional cost of Rs.125. The pantry menu includes Pongal, Sandwich, fruit salad, juices, coffee, tea and so on. There is a microwave oven on board which the passengers can use to heat the food brought by them elsewhere.
A total of six buses have for starters four Airavat Superia and two Bliss will do the test rounds with a fleet of four buses in the Bangalore- Chennai and two buses on the Bangalore- Tirupathi routes. The fare for Bangalore- Tirupathi on a Bliss will cost Rs.450 during the day and Rs.500 for night trips whereas Bangalore-chennai will cost Rs.650 for day journey.
The bus is GPS enabled and hence can be tracked through the KSRTC website or via SMS. One has to send an SMS to 9243755920 with text as ‘Where are you?’ along with the PNR number and the reply will be the location of the bus while on the move.