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- Catch Jharkhand on Wheels for day trips to picture-perfect waterfalls & a dam

Itching to go on a vacation, but boss won’t give leave? Instead of the mall-multiplex solace, take an affordable break for a few hours at the spectacular Jonha, Sita and Hundru falls and Getalsud Dam, courtesy Jharkhand on Wheels. The joint venture of Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) and Wheels Travels, a private agency, is offering combo-pack bus rides to hotspots on weekends, starting Saturday. The service did start this January, but fizzled out after some months. This time it will be on a roll, authorities tell A.S.R.P. Mukesh

What’s it: Tourist day bus service offering rides to either Johna-Sita falls or Hundru Falls-Getalsud (Rukka) Dam. For starters, there are two buses for two routes, but more may be added depending on response

How to hop on: Depending on if you want to go to Hundru Falls-Getalsud Dam or Johna-Sita falls, catch the 9.30am bus or the 10.30am one. Tickets come for Rs 150, Rs 125 and Rs 100 per man, woman and child. You can book tickets at the JTDC office on Main Road near Big Bazaar or via phone (0651-6003505). Tickets will be delivered on your doorstep for an extra Rs 25

City points: Designated nodal points are Birsa Chowk, DPS Chowk, Sahajanand Chowk, Akaashvani (Ratu Road), Sidho-Kanhu Park, Khel Gaon More, Kantatoli (Mangal Tower) before heading off for either of the two destinations. “Return journeys from the destinations will start at 3.30pm. The route and stopping points will be the same,” said Mukesh, a Jharkhand on Wheels executive

What to expect: 45-seater bus, no frills for now. So carry your water bottles, flasks, casseroles and chips. “We have asked Wheels Travels to provide complimentary mineral water bottles and biscuit packets soon. Let’s see,” said Sunil Kumar, JTDC managing director

Teething troubles: JTDC first floated Jharkhand on Wheels this January to provide residents and tourists affordable travel to city hot spots. But despite well-maintained buses and proper security arrangements, it failed to strike a chord. “It was probably due to lack of awareness. Any debut venture takes time to pick up. This time, we hope to get a better response,” said a senior JTDC official, not willing to be quoted

Budget pick: Besides two Jharkhand on Wheels buses, JTDC will also run a bus from Saturday but only to Jonha Falls at Rs 100 per ticket. The bus leaves the JTDC office at 9am and returns there at 4pm. You can book this service by calling up 8002601556 or 9470525434

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