Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur

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Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur overview

Embark on this exciting balloon safari in Jaipur and feel the thrill like never before while soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon over the gorgeous pink city. From the minute you clamber into the spacious bucket of the balloon and settle into your compartment, you’ll feel the excitement mounting. And as the balloon gets inflated with the warm air, you’ll feel it tugging at your basket, and just like that, you’ll see the ground drop under you!

Rising high in the sky, you’ll get to see the mosaic-like streets of Jaipur from a totally unique perspective, and with the pink architecture of the city, you’ll also get to see the royal palaces and heritage forts of the city. You’ll even see some curious locals waving at your balloon.

In the distance, you’ll see the sprawling desert, rural fields, and the craggy peaks of the Aravalli Mountain Range. On your ballooning in Jaipur trip, you will realise why Jaipur is called the ‘Pink City’ - a blush coloured paradise.

You can also go for ballooning at other cities like Udaipur, Ranthambore and Pushkar. Check-out more ballooning trips in Rajasthan.

Itinerary

Your ballooning in Jaipur takes place early in the morning, just before the sunrise. You are first picked up by the operator in the wee hours of dawn and taken to the launch site where you meet the pilot. There, the pilot briefs you about the activity and the safety protocols, after which you are served some light refreshments. You then watch the operator set up the balloon and slowly inflate, after which you get in the basket.

Once the balloon is fully inflated, the pilot throttles the gas and you take-off into the deep blue sky. Once in the air, you are treated to the magnificent, misty landscape of Jaipur that includes royal palaces, historic forts, lakes, and the pink roofs of the quaint houses along with the sprawling deserts and the Aravalli Range. It is truly a sight to behold. And the view is only enhanced as the sun makes its way over the horizon, turning the sky crimson followed by cerulean blue.

The balloon usually flies at an altitude of 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the ground and follows the wind direction, so there’s little to be done except enjoy the views! You will sail in the sky for nearly an hour, after which the pilot will look for a good landing spot, and pilot the balloon there.

Once on the ground, you will wait for the chase team to arrive. You can then watch them take apart the balloon and pack it. Once everything is done, you will be dropped back to your hotel by the operator.

Hot air ballooning in Jaipur: Best time to go

The months of winter are the best time to go for ballooning in Jaipur. During these months, the atmosphere is generally cool, perfect for hot air ballooning. The summer months are usually avoided due to warm weather which makes it an uncomfortable experience.

Most ballooning in Jaipur sessions happens during the early hours of the day, just before the sunrise. It is the perfect condition because the atmosphere is cool and the winds are not as strong. You can even go during dusk when the sun is about the set.

Hot air ballooning in Jaipur: Safety

Hot air ballooning in India is one of the fastest-growing adventure sports and it is a really safe activity that involves very little risk. The balloons are certified and so are the operators, and they follow utmost safety standards to ensure maximum safety during the ballooning sessions. The pilots, too, are highly trained and experienced and they know the activity inside-out.

Before every flight, they do a safety check of the balloon and the wind conditions, if they deem anything is out of place or unfavourable, they will not take-off. All the safety guidelines are followed for ballooning, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Hot air ballooning in Jaipur cost

The hot air ballooning Jaipur cost varies from INR 10,000 per person to INR 15,000 per person. Overall, the package itinerary of the trips is identical including the flight time. The difference arises when you look at the refund policy of the packages. For the budget packages, if the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather or wind conditions, then you will not be given a refund.

Though the operator does let you reschedule the flight to some other day when the wind conditions are favourable. As for the premium package, if the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather or wind conditions, then the operator does offer a refund. Other than the refund policy, the itinerary is the same.

Health and fitness required for ballooning in Jaipur

Ballooning is not at all a strenuous activity, hence it does not require any kind of preparation or fitness levels. Anyone can do this trip regardless of their age or fitness levels. But if you have any kind of health ailments like heart issues, then you should consult your doctor first. Do remember that you will be required to stand in the basket for around an hour.

Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur summary

  • State: Rajasthan
  • Nearest city: Jaipur
  • Total days: 1 day
  • Grade:Easy
  • Flight time: 50 to 60 min
  • Season: winter

Hot air balloon safari in Jaipur

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Go hot air ballooning in Jaipur

  • Arrive at the launch site and board the hot air balloon
  • Enjoy a fun ballooning session over the mosaic of Jaipur and enjoy the splendid views from the sky
  • Flight time: 50-60 min
  • Flight altitude: 1,000 to 2,000 feet depending on the weather
  • Touch down

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You have to arrive at the meet-up point from where you will be picked up and driven to the launch site. There, you will watch your hot air balloon get set up and inflated. Then, you will be briefed by the pilot after which you will board the balloon basket.

Once the balloon is inflated, you will feel it tugging at the basket and the ground drop away under you. You’ll rise high in the sky above while enjoying the panoramic views of the pink city of Jaipur. In the distance, you’ll see small hills and lakes.

After a flight of 50-60 min, you’ll land on the ground, collect your flight certificate that is signed by the pilot. You’ll then board the vehicle that will drop you back to the meet-up point. Your hot air ballooning Jaipur trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The hot air balloon price includes pick-up and drop-off between the meet-up point and launch site/landing site on the day of the flight. The package includes one 50-60 min safari flight over Jaipur in a hot air balloon along with refreshments like tea, coffee and light snacks.

The cost also includes the services of a highly experienced and certified ballooning pilot and a Certificate of Flight that will be signed by the pilot. Lastly, the package is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

The hot air ballooning in Jaipur package does not include any kind of accommodation in Jaipur or any kind of travel arrangements between your home-city and the meet-up point. The package does not include any kind of travel or adventure insurance.

The cost does not include any kind of personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, tips, etc. nor does it include any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, strikes, etc. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to go hot air ballooning in Jaipur is during the months of the winter season. During this season, the weather is not too hot and the winds are at their best, making for the perfect ballooning conditions. During the summer months, the ride gets too warm which is not really comfortable, hence, it is advised that you go during the winter season.

Getting there

Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and hence, it is well connected to other major cities of the country by air, rail and road.

If you are coming by flight then you have to book your flight tickets to the Jaipur International Airport. It has daily flights connecting to the four major metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. It also has regular flights from other cities. The airport also has direct connecting flights to international destinations like Sharjah, Dubai, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, etc.

You can also reach Jaipur by train from most cities of India like Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kanpur, Bangalore, Bhopal, etc. via express trains. Jaipur is also well-connected by train to other parts of Rajasthan by regular trains.

If you want to reach Jaipur by road, then you can either take a government-run bus or a Volvo to reach there. Since there is a rich network of roads connecting Jaipur to other cities, you can even drive your own car to Jaipur.

Once you are in Jaipur, the tour operator will provide pick-up and drop-off between the meet-up point and the take-off/landing point for your balloon safari in Jaipur. You can use local transport to reach the meet-up point.

What to wear

For your hot air balloon Jaipur trip, you don’t need to wear any specialised clothing or equipment. You only have to basic clothes like a t-shirt/shirt and pants along with comfortable shoes or sandals. Do remember to wear sunglasses and a sun-cap and apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Lastly, avoid wearing expensive jewellery and watches.

What to carry

The tour operator provides all the ballooning equipment so you don’t have to get anything technical. All you have to carry is a daypack with a water bottle, personal toiletries like tissue paper, sanitizer, etc., sunglasses and sunscreen, extra cash, camera, etc.

Preparation/Fitness

Ballooning in Jaipur requires no preparation and anything can book this trip. Those suffering from serious ailments like heart, lungs, brain disorders, along with expecting mothers are advised to consult their doctor before booking this hot air balloon Jaipur trip.

FAQs about the Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur

What should I carry for hot air ballooning in Jaipur?

You don’t need to carry much for your hot air ballooning in Jaipur. Do take a warm layer if you’re flying in winter. Wear comfortable shoes, and avoid high heels or sandals. A cap or hat is often handy, and sunglasses with a neck strap are a good idea too.

What is the best season for hot air ballooning in Jaipur?

Hot air ballooning is best in cooler temperatures, as the balloon rises higher and faster, and can fly farther. Therefore it is best done in winter, or in the cooler hours of the morning during other seasons.

What is the minimum/maximum age restriction for ballooning in Jaipur?

Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by adults but are allowed to participate. Children under 5 years of age will not be charged, and between 5-12 years are charged a lower price, but 12 years and above are charged adult rates. There is no maximum age limit. As long as participants are fit, they are welcome to join in.

How high will the balloon go?

Hot air balloons can fly at low altitudes which means they usually fly at around 1,000 to 2,000 feet but this height depends greatly on the wind conditions. The pilot decides which altitude to fly at

What is included in the hot air ballooning in Jaipur package?

In the hot air ballooning in Jaipur, the operator offers pick-up and drop-off to and from your hotel to the launching/landing site along with one session of hot air balloon that lasts around 50-60 min. The cost also includes refreshments at the launching site. Lastly, once you finish the ballooning session, you will be rewarded with a flight certificate that is signed by the pilot of your hot air balloon.

How safe is hot air ballooning?

Hot air ballooning is a highly safe activity since the operators maintain high safety standards and follow all the aviation safety guidelines. The pilots too are highly trained and experienced and they check all the components of the hot air balloon before taking off, and they even take into account the wind conditions. If they deem the wind conditions unfavourable, they will reschedule the flight.

Are there any health restrictions for ballooning in Jaipur?

Ballooning does not require you to have any prior experience or specific fitness levels, anyone can do this. However, if you have any kind of serious ailments like heart diseases, then you should consult your doctor before booking this trip.

What are the launching and landing points for ballooning in Jaipur?

Ballooning in Jaipur usually has its launching site at Amber Fort, but sometimes it is at Jal Mahal, Shiv Vilas or Delhi-Jaipur road. The launching site depends on the day and wind conditions, and the pilots decide which spot will be suitable for take-off accordingly.

And since hot air balloons cannot be steered, they follow the wind directions. Though the pilot may raise or lower the balloon to go with the wind, the landing site is never the same. The landing site depends on wind speed and wind direction. There is always a chase crew following the balloon in the car who will arrive at the landing site and take you to your drop-off point.

I have a fear of heights, can I go for ballooning?

Definitely! you should go for ballooning since it is a once in a lifetime experience that rewards you with incredible beauty and thrill. Ballooning is a very safe and serene experience where you have to just stand in the basket and bask in the gorgeous scenery.

How much is the hot air balloon Jaipur price?

The cost of hot air balloon in Jaipur packages vary from INR 10,000 per person to INR 15,000 per person. Generally, the flight time is the same and so is the experience but the difference arises in the refund policy. The budget package offers no refund even if the flight gets cancelled due to unfavourable wind conditions, but you can still reschedule your trip to another day. On the other hand, the more expensive package offers a refund if the flight gets cancelled due to unfavourable wind conditions.

Do the ballooning operators provide pick-up and drop-off?

The launching sites can sometimes vary due to wind conditions, and the landing sites are never fixed so the pilot lands the balloon at a suitable field where they can land. Due to this, the operators provide pick-up and drop-off to the customers.

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