Top 9 Hot Air Balloon Rides in India

February 17, 2021
Experience an enthralling view of the sunrise or sunset while you float up in the sky!

Flying high up in the sky in a colourful giant hot air balloon has definitely been in most of our bucket lists. With mesmerizing views of the city amongst fluffy clouds, even the thought of it is exciting!

Luckily we don’t have to travel far to experience it.

Here is a list of top 9 destinations in India to take a hot air balloon ride -

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Fly over the Himalayas and enjoy a breathtaking view of this magical city. Hot air balloon in Manali is a buzzing exotic adventure sport amongst tourists. The balloon basket can accommodate up to 5 people and is tethered by a rope. The duration of the ride is about 7 minutes. At an estimated height of 300ft, the ride starts at Rs 1200 per person.

2. Chandor, South Goa

Goa is an all-time favourite destination for travellers. People visit Goa to experience its beautiful beaches, parties, water sports and scenic beauty. Another addition to the list is the Hot air balloon ride. Watch the sea meeting the sky from high above in a Hot air Balloon in Goa. With an enthralling view of the sunrise or sunset, depending on the time you choose to ride. The ride takes about an hour and costs about Rs 14,000 per person.

3. Pushkar and Jaipur, Rajasthan

Pushkar is known for its colourful annual Pushkar fair and a Hot air balloon ride in Pushkar gives you a beautiful view of the entire festivity. A delightful ride over the gathering at the fair with a sight of the lakes, cattle and dunes.

In Jaipur, fly over beautiful palaces, forts and monuments. The panoramic view of the Pink city will leave you awestruck! The best time to visit is between September to June and goes up to a height of 4000ft. The hot air balloon ride in Jaipur costs around 12,000 per person and lasts for 60min.

4. Kamshet, Maharashtra

Experience a thrilling ride over lush greenery, waterfalls, lakes, forts and an exotic view of the Sahayadri ranges while enjoying the sunrise or sunset. Located at Kamshet near Lonavla, it is 100km away from Mumbai. The ride accommodates up to 9 people and costs about Rs 8,400 per person. The 60 min long Hot air balloon ride in Maharashtra is at a maximum height of 4000 ft.

5. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh

A romantic adventure for couples to say those three magical words and what better place than a monument that represents love. With a stunning view of the Mughal Monument, the Hot air balloon ride here is ideal for honeymoon travellers. The ride duration is about 15-20 min and goes up to a height of only 500m. The cost is about Rs 500-Rs 750 per person and takes place from October – March.

6. Hampi, Karnataka

A thrilling experience overlooking the monuments, temples and caves of Hampi. Enjoy a view of the ancient ruins and cultural heritage from a height of 500m over the West Coast of India. The fun-filled ride costs about Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 per person and is a fast catching adventure and recreational sport in Karnataka.

7. Delhi

A view of the national capital from a bird’s eye view is an experience you shouldn’t miss on. You get a panoramic view of the city and can observe important landmarks and monuments of the region. An amazing family adventure. 

Depending on the weather, the ride is organised either from Damdama Lake, Sohna or Neemrana during the months from September to March. The one-hour duration ride starts from Rs 9000 per person.

8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Sore 300ft high up in the sky in Darjeeling’s Hot air balloon ride. One of the many adventure sports activities of Darjeeling, the balloon ride takes place between the month of October to May between 4 pm to 6 pm and requires a minimum of 15 people at a time. The cost of a single ride is comparatively cheaper than others, usually around Rs 1500 per person. The estimate duration is about 45mins.

9. Bhopal and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

The Hot air Balloon ride in Bhopal, the city of lakes happens at the Jeet Stadium. It is a 2-hour long adventure ride. Pick up and drop service is also provided. You can enjoy the amazing view of the lakes in Bhopal and the wonderful scenery.

The famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve also launched the country’s first Hot air balloon wildlife safari. You could spot tigers, leopards, Indian sloth bears and the vast array of wildlife at the reserve during your adventurous and fun ride. The ride costs start from Rs 15,000 per person inclusive of pick up and drop, refreshment, flight certificate, insurance and a 1-hour duration ride.