Take to the skies in a hot air balloon
An exhilarating flight in a hot air balloon is a superb way to see India's landscapes.
Alex's balloon adventure
Our very own Alex Neaves was lucky enough to enjoy a balloon safari in Jaipur, you can read all about his experience in his blog, or call and chat to him if you have any questions.
What should you expect?
Balloon safaris usually entail a very early start, but it's well worth it. You'll be collected from your hotel and taken to the launch site. After a cup of tea and a safety briefing while you watch the balloon being inflated, you'll be on your way.
The hot air balloon safari usually lasts for around an hour and then your pilot will set the basket down in a suitable safe location, you'll no doubt be greeted by the smiles and curiosity of the local villagers.
Your transfer vehicle will arrive to meet you and take you back to your hotel. We're pretty sure you'll be reliving this experience for quite some time to come.
We book with a reputable company called Sky Waltz. The first and largest fully licensed and approved hot air balloon operation in India, authorised by India's Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Sky Waltz has been operating since 2008 with highly experienced and internationally licensed pilots from Europe, USA, Australia, Canada, India and the UK. They adhere to globally recognised safety standards and international operating procedures, you're in safe hands.
Where to go
Sky Waltz operates in four bases: Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore in Rajasthan and Lonvala in Maharashtra. They also offer balloon safaris on a request basis during Pushkar Cattle Fair and Nagaur Cattle Festival.
When to go
Flights are seasonal, operating between September and June in Rajasthan, and between October and May in Maharashtra. Flights take place in the early morning, around 6am, and at certain times of year in the late afternoon, as this is when the winds are most stable.
How to do it
Balloon flights are subject to availability and need to be booked in advance. Sky Waltz collect you from your hotel and take you back there afterwards. You arrive about half an hour before take off and the flight lasts for around one hour. You should allow 3-4 hours for the whole experience. The balloon ride is weather-dependent and if it cannot take place you can rebook for another day or receive a full refund.