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Hot Air Balooning

Hot Air Ballooning

 

Hot air ballooning is the activity of flying hot air balloons. Attractive aspects of ballooning include the exceptional quiet (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of a feeling of movement, and the bird's-eye view. Since the balloon moves with the wind, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.

 

History

The first clearly recorded instance of a balloon carrying passengers used hot air to generate buoyancy and was built by the brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France. After experimenting with unmanned balloons and flights with animals, the first tethered balloon flight with humans on board took place on October 19, 1783 with the scientist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, the manufacture manager, Jean-Baptiste Réveillon and Giroud de Villette, at the Folie Titon in Paris.

The first modern hot air balloon was designed and built in 1960 by Ed Yost. He made the first free flight of such an aircraft in Bruning, Nebraska on 22 October 1960. Initially equipped with a plastic envelope and kerosene fuel, Yost's designs rapidly moved onto using modified propane powered "weed burner" to heat the air and lightweight nylon fabric for the envelope material.

Today, hot air balloons are used primarily for recreation. There are some 7,500 hot air balloons operating in the United States. Since piloting a balloon requires some effort (licensing and purchase of equipment), many people opt to purchase a balloon flight from a company offering balloon rides. Balloon rides are available in many locations around the world and are especially popular in tourist areas.

 

Locations

Two Hot Air Balloon Company’s provide services in India:

Tiger Balloon Safari’s

Jaisalmer

It is the land of the Bhatti princes, descended from the Moon God. It is the oldest of the ancient capitals of Rajasthan and dates back to 1156 AD. The golden Fort seems to rise out of the desert haze. Within the inner enclosure are a group of finely carved Jian temples dating to the 12th and 15th centuries AD. Outside the fort lanes lead to the famed havelies of Salim Singh, Nathamalji and Patwon. The city is surrounded by enormous sand dunes with surrealistic landscape patterned by winds.

 

Jodhpur

It was the capital of Marwar. Founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, the city of Jodhpur grew protected by high stonewalls with seven gates and countless bastions. Awaiting the visitor are symbols of seven centuries of hardship and austerity, cloaked with bloodshed and bravery, culminating in grandiose magnificence and decadence. The massive Mehrangarh fort is protected by high stone walls with seven gates and countless bastions spread over 5 kilometers on a perpendicular hill suspended 125 meters above the city. On the way up to the fort are a collection of royal cenotaphs. The old city is the blue city derived from the Indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.

 

Ranthambhore

Set at the junction of the Vendhya and Arivalli hills, and covered in scrub forest, the area is interesting as both a wildlife reserve and a place of historical importance. Overlooking the national park is the formidable Rao Hamir Fortress. Ranthambhore is the smallest of the Project Tiger Reserves Systems of three artificial lakes are part of the biosphere and besides enhancing the Beauty of the Park, are an important source of water for the inhabitants of the Park.

 

Jaipur

The original old city of Jaipur was Colored yellow. It was repainted pink, the traditional color of welcome, for the visit of Prince Albert, consort of the English Queen Victoria. The wide straight avenues, roads, streets, lines and uniform rows of shops on either side of main markets were arranged in nine rectangular city sectors. The Rajputs were prolific builders and have dotted the arid Aravali landscape with their legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces in the world. From the glittery of cocktail lounges to crackling of nomadic campfires, the stories of legendary Rajput clans continue to inspire and send tingles through the body.

 

Hampi

It was once the seat of the great Vijaynagar empire and the center of Hindu rule for over 200 years since its inception in 1336. It is one of the most mesmerizing historical sites in south India. Set in a boulder strewn landscape, the ruins of this ancient city have a magnetism of their own. Today the desolate remains of the once magnificent Hindu empire lay strewn on the right bank of the Tungabhadra river. Across the banks of the Tungabhadra river, is the ancient fortified stronghold of Anegondi, the first major settlement in the area from which Vijaynagar was born.

 

Sky Waltz Balloon Safari

Jaipur

The world famous 'Pink City' is favored equally for its vibrancy as well as its arresting monuments. Be mesmerized by the city as you fly over and absorb its riotous cocktail of Colours, Forts & Palaces.

The most acknowledged tourist place of India, Jaipur is fondly called the Pink City. A complete feast for the tourists, the city is known for its monuments, comfortable and luxurious hotels, rich history, gardens, exquisite cuisines, havelies, forts and a lot more. The description is endless; words always fall short to describe the beauty and explicit nature of city. Known for its Royal Rajput culture, Jaipur is also one of the most beautifully planned cities of it's time. Truly - a paradise on earth.

 

Ranthambhore

Home to the majestic Tiger, situated between the Aravalis and Vindhya mountain ranges - Ranthambhore is a delight to serenade your visual senses. Fly above the land scape where even the bravest do not get to tread afoot and treat yourself to some of the most stunning visuals of the exotic landscape.

An exotic destination for the wildlife lovers and photographers. It is situated at the junction of Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges. Ranthambhore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1957 and National park in the year 1981. The major reason for the popularity of the city is that it is known for the “Project Tiger”. A project dedicated to the purpose for the saving the national wildlife heritage - Tiger.

 

Udaipur 

Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur. It is not without justification that Udaipur is called the Venice of the East.

 

Pushkar (Flights in Request)

One of the most revered and sacrosanct pilgrimages for Hindus, Pushkar is a small village atop a hill with a fabled lake. The famous Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in the world and attracts tourists from all over for its colorful and kaleidoscopic feel.

Regarded as a religious destination, Pushkar is well known because it is one among the five pilgrimages of the Hindu Religion. The city alone has 400 temples. The most famous being the “Temple of Brahma”, the creator of universe. It is the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world. The city is very well connected by train with Jaipur and Delhi.

The beauty of this place is because of its location in the Arravali ranges. It is a fantasy for tourists; the kind of aura that the city reflects is explicit. It defines the tranquility of open spaces of the city and peace.


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