With sky full of colours, hot air balloon festival kick-starts in Varanasi today | In photos

Updated on Nov 18, 2021 08:41 AM IST

The three-day festival has been organised to promote tourism in Varanasi. At a height of 1,000 feet, people taking the ride can get an aerial view of the city on the banks of Ganga.

Hot air balloon festival of Kashi starts at Domari raj ghat in Varanasi on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Sudhir Kumar)
Hot air balloon festival of Kashi starts at Domari raj ghat in Varanasi on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Sudhir Kumar)
Reported by Sudhir Kumar | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The sky was filled with colours in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Wednesday as scores of people took the hot air balloon ride at a height of 1,000 feet to get a stunning view of the city located on the banks of Ganga river. The hot air balloon event in Kashi is being held between November 17 and November 19 at the bank of the river near Domri raj ghat.

Hot air balloons being set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
Hot air balloons being set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

Four stations have been built by Domri, CHS Sports Ground, BLW Sports Ground and Sigra Stadium around the city for take-off and landing of the hot air balloons that are being flown under the supervision of Air Traffic Control (ATC). The stations have taken into consideration that the hot air balloons are flown safely with mutual coordination.

Hot air balloons being set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
Hot air balloons being set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

A total of eight pilots, seven of whom are foreigners, have been called to fly the balloons. About five to eight people are able to fly in one hot air balloon for 45 minutes and experience a scenic aerial view of Varanasi.

Hot air balloon festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
Hot air balloon festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

"Eleven hot air balloons will be part of the event. It is a promotional event. Efforts are on to turn it into a regular event in Kashi," Varanasi District Commissioner Deepak Agrawal told news agency PTI.

Hot air balloons flying above Ganga river in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
Hot air balloons flying above Ganga river in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

Speaking on the ticket prices, Agrawal said that the tourism department has fixed the ticket price at 500 per person.

Aerial view of the hot air balloon festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
Aerial view of the hot air balloon festival in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

The festival was first organised in December 2017 in a 10-day event to explore the scope of adventure tourism in Varanasi and make it a permanent adventure to attract tourists to the city.

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