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Journey Onboard KSRTC's Airavat Club Class Multi Axle Service

Belagavi-Thirupathi Airawata Club Class Multi Axle Bus parked at Belagavi Bus Stand

Belagavi-Thirupathi Airawata Club Class Multi Axle Bus parked at Belagavi Bus Stand

Introduction

I reached Belagavi by traveling in Bengaluru-Belagavi Airavata Gold Class Multi Axle bus on Saturday evening. The journey was refreshing as I got a glimpse of the cool countryside view of Karnataka's landscape during the day. I had to now prepare for the return journey to Bengaluru on the same day from Belagavi.


Also, I had booked a return journey on an air-conditioned sleeper bus departing from Belagavi at 9.30 pm. As per the ticket details, the bus was originating from Chikkodi at 7 pm while reaching Belagavi enroute. To my dismay, I got an SMS message from KSRTC informing me about the cancellation of the bus service for the day. I received the SMS when I was about to reach Haveri from Bengaluru as mentioned in my earlier trip report. I quickly booked a ticket to Bengaluru while traveling on the bus itself. I successfully booked a ticket to Bengaluru by 8.33 pm Belagavi-Tirupathi Airawata Club Class air-conditioned service. I was lucky to get the seat of my choice on the front side of the bus, which gave a good view of the outside world through a large windshield.


The KSRTC bus stand at Belagavi was crowded owing to the weekend holiday. As soon as I got down from Bengaluru-Belagavi Airavata Gold Class bus, I headed to Hotel Pai located just next to the KSRTC bus stand. I had a sumptuous snack of Idly and Masala Dosa along with refreshing coffee. I then headed to the famous Purohit sweets located next to the hotel to grab 'Kunda'- a sweet popular in this region of Belagavi. The sweet had a relishing taste and I had to quickly rush back to the KSRTC bus stand to connect to my return journey bus.
I reached the KSRTC bus stand at around 7.30 pm. The bus stand was bustling with the weekend crowd mostly heading to their respective hometowns. I could get a glimpse of the brand new Airavat Club Class service operating to Hyderabad from Belagavi via Vijayapura. It was ready to depart at 8 pm from Belagavi. I arrived at the platform from where all the buses bound towards Bengaluru and Mysuru were ready to depart. As soon as I arrived on the platform, Mysuru bound air-conditioned sleeper bus made its way to the platform. The bus had enough passengers owing to the weekend rush. The platform also saw two buses heading to Bengaluru via Kittur-Dharwad-Hubballi-Davanagere to reach Bengaluru and operated as an express service named Karnataka Sarige buses.


At around 8.10 pm I could spot the neatly clad white-colored Airawata Multi-axle Club Class bus behind the platform slowly making its way from the nearby Belagavi KSRTC depot. The brand new LED destination board read Belagavi-Tirupathi via Bengaluru. It was confirmed that this was my bus ride to Bengaluru. The bus was still waiting on the road to enter the bay. Desperate to board the bus, I made my way to the place where the bus was parked. I took the permission of the crew by showing my bus ticket as proof of my journey and headed straight to my seat in the front row. The view in the seat had a majestic and clear glimpse of the outside world. The window seat number 1 had all the facilities like a water bottle holder, newspaper rack, mobile charging point below the seat, mobile charging socket in the middle of the seat, spacious legroom, and calf support board. The bus was neatly maintained and well furnished leaving no room for any complaints related to cleanliness. This is one of the best reasons as to why one should choose to travel by KSRTC's Airawata Club Class Multi-Axle buses.

Bus window seat

Bus window seat

Interiors of the Airwata Air-conditioned Club Class service

Interiors of the Airwata Air-conditioned Club Class service

Departing From Belagavi

My bus had a scheduled departure time at 8.33 pm from the Belagavi bus stand. The vacant seats filled up and only 6-7 passengers boarded from Belagavi. Also, the crew managed to pick up the passengers intending to drop them at the Hubballi KSRTC bus stand. The route had only two designated halts at Dharwad KSRTC bus stand and Hubballi KSRTC bus stand.
Soon the bus made its way to the main road connecting the National Highway-48. En route, another passenger to Bengaluru boarded at Fort Complex, a few minutes away from Belagavi KSRTC bus stand. The bus smoothly reached National Highway-48 without any hassles.

The next destination was the Dharwad bus stand which was 2 hours away. The bus had a smooth run to reach Dharwad KSRTC Bus Stand at 10.30 pm. As soon as we reached the Dharwad bus stand, I was able to spot a couple of KSRTC Karnataka Sarige buses parked in the bus stand heading to Mumbai, Ahmednagar, and Gadag. The bus had a brief 15-minute halt at Dharwad Bus Stand. Three passengers boarded the bus at Dharwad. However, the seat next to me was empty and unoccupied till Bengaluru making my journey pleasant and joyous.


The bus then headed to Hubballi which was around 30 minutes away. Soon we reached Hubballi KSRTC bus stand located on Gokul Road. As soon as we reached, I spotted another Airawat beauty. This time it was Hubballi-Chennai Airawata Club Class Multi Axle service via Bengaluru. It was ready to depart at 10.30 pm and my bus parked in the adjacent slot of the parked bus. Only three to four passengers boarded at Hubballi. The crew quickly verified the tickets of the bus passengers and soon we were ready to depart Hubballi at 10.45 hours.
Our bus slowly made its way through Hubballi city to reach National Highway 48. The bus then made its way to Bengaluru with a smooth ride. The journey was uneventful as I could spot only trucks and buses en route to Bengaluru from the window.


We reached Nelamangala toll at around 5.15 am which is the gateway to Bengaluru. We slowly made our way to reach Bengaluru's Kempegowda Bus Stand via Gorgunteplaya Bus stop-Yeswantpur-Rajajinagar and Navarang Circle. The bus reached the bus stand at around 5.30 am much ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 6 am. The bus then was heading to Tirupathi departing at 6.30 am to reach Tirupati at 11.00 am.


I quickly made my way to the parking lot, fresh with a pleasant travel journey. Overall I was satisfied with the service provided to passengers by KSRTC related to punctuality, cleanliness, driving discipline, etc.

Front view of the bus-1

Front view of the bus-1

Front view of the bus-2

Front view of the bus-2

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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