This Sunday, YB Bombe will see Lord Ganesha leave the city without stepping into the gulal-strewn crowded streets.
The photography student will wave goodbye to the popular God from a seven-seater helicopter flying above the Juhu beach.
"I have only seen VIPs indulge in such luxury," said the 22-year-old excited about his first sortie.
Till Wednesday, about 50 Mumbaiites such as Bombe had booked rides with various chopper operators to see the immersion ceremony from among the clouds on Sunday. One of the reasons for the surge in bookings is because private chopper companies have slashed rates for tailor-made tours for the festival.
Airnetz Aviation, a Vile Parle-based private charter company, is charging Rs 3333 per person for a 15-minute chopper ride along the western coast starting from Juhu to Malad.
"We have 30 confirmed bookings from individuals and two group bookings from corporate houses," said Ameya Gore spokesperson, Airnetz Aviation, adding that this year's bookings are the highest ever.
Earlier, only few groups booked helicopters to shower flowers on Ganesh idols on immersion day.
"We are still getting enquiries but the slots are packed," said Nikesh Goswami, managing director, Leo Air, another city-based private charter company. The company is offering 30 minute rides along the western coast.
"I have only seen helicopters up in the sky. I still cannot believe that I will be in one soon," said Yogesh Parab, a freelance cinematographer.
Aerial joy rides on helicopters have gained popularity during occasions such as Valentine's Day and Ganesh festival.
"Many people are also booking choppers to bring in their birthdays and wedding anniversaries," added Gore.