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as widespred as it should be, probably because
of the airspace ristrictions in India. Mostly
teethered joy rides
(The balloon is anchored with ropes and rises
with passenger's upto a height of approx 200ft).
Some cross country flying during the winter
months. A 'balloon mela' festival is organized
in Delhi every year and anyone can take a
joy ride there. The Ballooning Club in India
organizes numerous international balloon festivals
and demonstration flights annually.
teethered balloon flights are being permitted
currently due to security reasons.
are some operators providing baloon rides
in Solang Valley & manali areas, near
the Taj at agra and at the big Rajasthan fairs
like the pushkar mela.
the monsoon anytime the weather is good &
not too windy.
are ballooning clubs in Guwahati, Dehradun,
Bangalore, Delhi and Jaipur who are actively
promoting the sport
Balloon Ride near
The Taj Mahal:
cum camel and jeep dessert safari
Ballooning In Rajasthan
The Balloon Club of India,
8 - B Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi - 110 002
Tel: 91 - 11- 2371 6665
Fax: 91 - 11 - 2371 7947
Hot air Balooning
About 50,000 cubic
feet of hot air fills a giant nylon balloon
to which a basket is attached. Hot air ballooning
is becoming a great adventure option in India.
To learn to pilot a hot-air balloon you need
to be at least 16 years of age and physically
fit. Depending on how quickly you master it,
training takes three to six months.
The first ever hot-air balloon took to the sky
in 1783. However, with the advent of air planes,
flights 'by lighter-than-air' machines went
out of fashion until it was revived in the last
century as an adventure sport.
The best time to indulge in ballooning is after
sunrise when the winds are at their calmest.
Winter months provide the most reliable conditions,
but during summer it is better to take off early
in the morning. The duration of ballooning flight
can change at the pilot's discretion, taking
into account the winds, temperature and weight
carried on the day.
A balloon can move as fast as the wind blows,
but high wind landings always require skill
and experience. The passenger capacity depends
on the size of the balloon, but usually it varies
from 2 in sport balloons and up to 12 people
in passenger balloons. The balloon crew tracks
the flight and are usually there when the balloon
There are no seats in the basket - therefore,
standing for the duration of the flight, about
an hour is unavoidable. The walls of the baskets
are usually four feet high. Adults should accompany
children under 12 years.
Clothing should be exactly the way you wear
during a hiking trip that includes sturdy shoes
or boots plus sunglasses, gloves and a cap.
Remember, it does not get any colder in the
balloon than on the ground. Always bring an
extra film for photography. A balloon can rise
up to 800 feet and above, while joyrides for
groups may be restricted to heights between
200 and 500 feet.
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