A hot air balloon ride is something which we all read about as kids, in Enid Blyton stories and other childhood fantasies. It evokes a great feeling in readers – young and old, who imagine themselves hopping into a balloon basket, and holding on to the brim as they ascend for a nice mid-air ride… feeling ecstatic and on top of the world!
This fantasy has taken reality, making hot air ballooning very popular with tourists in different parts of the world. India too has recently roped in this mesmerizing experience, for us all to derive the ultimate delightful experience.
The Sky Waltz Balloon Safari is India’s first fully-licensed and government-approved commercial hot air balloon operation. Sky Waltz received official authorization from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to conduct hot air balloon activities across this colourful country, and has established an internationally recognized set of regulations and guidelines for the much awaited establishment of Commercial Hot Air Ballooning in India.
The Sky Waltz Hot Air Ballooning experience and service is world class. Their team comprises of highly-skilled and experienced commercial pilots and technical staff from all over the world. This is a big assurance by the team – hence a safe flight of fantasy can be experienced by all, without having to imagine any unpleasant situations. Sky Waltz’s balloon equipment is sourced from UK and Europe, and meets the various globally-recognized standards of safety and international operating systems.
As hot air ballooning is a relatively new adventure in India, Rajasthan and Maharashtra are currently among the few places where it is commercially organized for tourists.
Rajasthan is India’s largest state in the northern part of the country, and is known for its grand temples, forts, majestic palaces, and serene lakes. Tourists flocking to Jaipur, Pushkar, and Ranthambore can surely enjoy hot air ballooning over the sandy and rugged terrain of Rajasthan.
In Jaipur, one can drift slowly over the Amber Fort and other historic monuments nestled within the Aravalli Ranges, while capturing spellbinding views of the villages below.
At Ranthambore, home to the majestic tiger, this fantasy flight commences from the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park and slowly floats above the lush green and pristine forest area below. The view is simply incredible and allows the shutterbugs in the balloon to capture some precious shots.
In Pushkar, capture your own reflection while drifting in the balloon over its lake. One can also avail this ride during the famous annual Pushkar Cattle Fair, which is the largest camel fair in the world. Balloon flights are launched from different points within the city, based on weather conditions.
In the western state of Maharashtra, one can enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Lonavala – a hill station 90 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, nestled in the esoteric Sahyadri Ranges. It is designed to sail you gently through the stunning valleys, amongst tall cliffs and luscious lakes below. All this happens while you catch glimpses of a natural patchwork of colours and contours that encompass this region.
The period between October and March is the best time to enjoy hot air ballooning, as the cooler temperatures make the hot air inside the balloon lighter – enabling it to rise and stay up for a longer period of time.
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