Whether you’re planning to pop the question, organising a birthday surprise for a special someone or a Valentine’s Day date, hot-air balloon rides are pure romance without you having to put in much effort. Here are some of the places you can go hot-air ballooning in India:
5 places to go for a hot-air balloon ride in India
A road trip from Mumbai to Pune is great! But have you tried soaking in the views of the many waterfalls, dams and lakes along the way while floating mid-air at sunrise? Sky Waltz launches hot-air balloons into the skies on weekdays and weekends between November to April. The meeting point is Orritel Hotel, Talegaon, along the old Mumbai-Pune highway and the ride can accommodate up to nine people. Starts from Rs8,400. Book here.
Chandor, South Goa
Explore the sunshine state a little differently when you visit next. At the crack of dawn every day (weather permitting), Tiger Balloon Safaris soars at 2,000ft over Goa’s beaches and emerald fields.
If it’s a special occasion and you’re planning to pop the question, the good folks here can arrange for bubbly and a private flying experience in the hot-air balloon that can otherwise accommodate up to 10 people. They also arrange for pick up and drop off to and from your hotel. Starts from Rs11,000. Book here.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Ditch a safari jeep ride to revel in 360-degree views of Bandhavgarh National Park, which boasts of the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. Just last month, Madhya Pradesh launched the first hot-air balloon safari in the country. Operated by Jaipur-based Sky Waltz, the activity is limited to the buffer zone, where you can catch a glimpse of not just tigers, but also leopards, Indian sloth bears and a host of other wildlife. Starts from Rs15,000. Book here.
Jaipur and Pushkar, Rajasthan
Catch a bird’s eye view of Pink City’s many forts and palaces on this hot-air balloon ride. You can choose to fly over the north of the city over Amber Fort, or Samode Palace. There are also flights over Pushkar which usually take place during the 10-day fair in November and give you an unparalleled view of hundreds of camels, horses, cows and traders making their way from different parts of Rajasthan. Starts from Rs12,000. Book here.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The Himalayas are beautiful anyway but dare we say they’re prettier from a hot-air balloon. This is not your regular one-hour flight in the air though. The ride that can accommodate up to five people is tethered by a rope and lasts for about seven minutes, and is much more affordable than the other options on the list. Starts from Rs1,200. Book here.