When I was on Top of the World! – Hot Air Ballooning

When I was on Top of the World! – Hot Air Balloon Ride near Pune

A picturesque escape over the rolling hills in a colorful hot air balloon while the sun slowly rises over the horizon!
This isn’t just a fantasy! This is how I spent my anniversary and had a memorable experience doing it. A hot air balloon ride was on my bucket list for a long time and when I saw that there was a hot air balloon ride near Pune I jumped at it!
For me travel is as much about the destination as much about the experience that I enjoy. Around three years back as my younger son was just about one, we didn’t want to travel too far but I wanted to do something different sans the kids.

How to book a hot air balloon ride

A hot air balloon ride near Pune
Balloon being inflated for take off

The company with whom we did our hot air balloon ride near Kamshet had a website and we filled up our enquiry form there. I received a prompt reply asking me about a few details like height, weight, ID proof etc. and information on making the payments.
It also had a small itinerary of what to expect on the D day!

An Early Start

On the said day, we had to reach a hotel in Talegaon at around 5am. We weren’t sure about what to expect but were pleasantly surprised to see some more couples like us coming to the meeting point. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to the launch site.

The whole process of the balloon being inflated was a great sight. After the prep, the pilot ( yes, a hot air balloon ride operator is called a pilot and he undergoes specific trainings for it.) The pilots qualification and experience is garnered on the flight hours that he has clocked in.

So, our pilot briefed us about the take-off and landing procedure, a few do’s and don’ts and also introduced himself and his qualifications. They also had a camera attached to the balloon to take in-flight pictures with the click control in the hands of the pilot. We were also allowed to carry our own pictures so everyone was trigger or rather click happy!

Facts

  • The hot air balloon baskets are really huge and can accommodate around 8 people at one time.
  • The basket is divided into 4 section grid to help balance weight and ensure safety.
  • We are to bend in our knees and hold the basket rim while supporting our back to the grid divider when the balloon is landing.
  • The balloon will take off straight and the pilot will adjust the height at which we fly depending on the wind speed.

One Hour of Fresh Air and Bliss

A view from the hot air balloon

The whole flight time was around 1 hour. I felt like I was floating on the clouds with absolute tranquility all around. The sun rise was a spectacle in itself as though we clicked pictures the fun of taking off and being able to literally touch the birds as they flew past us made this whole experience memorable.
As we floated high up in our baskets I only imagined how wonderful it must be to take a hot air balloon ride in the African game reserves! As we floated around, we saw a bunch of curious kids waving at us and I recognized the wonder in their eyes.

Things to remember

Hot Air Ballooning is not yet as popular as it is the world over. This means it is not easily accessible and is pricey.
As the hot air balloon rides are weather dependent you cannot book them all year round. They are mostly active between Oct to May.


Like any other adventure sport, this activity needs license and approvals.
While the morning beauty revealed itself in front of us, we were the silent spectators humbled yet again with the expanse and vastness of mother nature. In a hot air balloon, as the clouds floated by and the morning sunlight kissed me I realized I was on top of the world – literally and figuratively!

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24 thoughts on “When I was on Top of the World! – Hot Air Ballooning

    Sarah

    (August 10, 2018 - 10:37 pm)

    I thoroughly loved reading your article and experiences so real I felt as if I were in your place .
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful post. Glad I stumbled on your wonderful detailed blogpost.
    Keep up the great work.
    Sarah
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    Sarah

    (August 10, 2018 - 10:37 pm)

    I thoroughly loved reading your article and experiences so real I felt as if I were in your place .
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful post. And I am Glad I stumbled on your wonderful detailed blogpost.
    Keep up the great work.
    Sarah
    http://prettylilthingss1.com/

    Sarah

    (August 10, 2018 - 10:38 pm)

    I thoroughly loved reading your article and experiences so real I felt as if I were in your place .
    . And I am Glad I stumbled on your wonderful detailed blogpost.
    Keep up the great work.
    Sarah
    http://prettylilthingss1.com/

    Sarah

    (August 10, 2018 - 10:38 pm)

    I thoroughly loved reading your article and experiences so real I felt as if I were in your place .
    . And I am Glad I stumbled on your wonderful detailed blogpost.
    Keep up the great work…
    Sarah
    http://prettylilthingss1.com/

    Sarah

    (August 10, 2018 - 10:39 pm)

    I thoroughly loved reading your article and experiences so real I felt as if I were in your place .
    Keep up the great work…
    Sarah
    http://prettylilthingss1.com/

    Gunjan

    (August 11, 2018 - 6:59 am)

    Looks like a great experience and fresh air, picturesque view can make it all worth it

    Priyal

    (August 11, 2018 - 8:25 am)

    Wow I just love this post, I am sure it must be an amazing experience, I really wish if I could also go for this ride once

    Jhilmil Bhansali

    (August 11, 2018 - 2:29 pm)

    Awesome, I have done Hot air ballooning near Manali and in Jaipur and I was stunned with the contrasting views both the times. You had a great time

    Ruchi Verma

    (August 11, 2018 - 4:06 pm)

    This must be so much fun to fly in a balloon and see the beauty of the earth from the top of the sky !!

    Namrata

    (August 11, 2018 - 4:19 pm)

    I have never tried this before but feel like doing it right now after reading your post.

    Deborah Nisha Miranda

    (August 11, 2018 - 4:59 pm)

    Wow.. didn’t know there was a hot air balloon option in Pune. Being from Mumbai this is definitely something i wanna try.

    Akanksha

    (August 11, 2018 - 5:47 pm)

    Woww what an experience! Its good to document everything so when you read it after years you will cherish those memories and re-live your experience with the help of your blog post. I would love to experience this as well.

    Ashh

    (August 11, 2018 - 6:24 pm)

    This is an absolutely beautiful adventurous experience. I’m so glad you wrote a post about this and shared it with whole world. Its also fab to revisit after many years.

    Siddhi

    (August 11, 2018 - 6:30 pm)

    This is one amazing post. It is my dream to try this sport. These tips will definitely help. My brother has tried it and it was amazing he says.

    Mrinal Kiran

    (August 11, 2018 - 8:39 pm)

    That would have been a dream come true for me if I could do that! I love hot air balloons! Your experience makes me wanna try it!

    Dipika Singh

    (August 11, 2018 - 10:31 pm)

    Hot Air Baloon – wow what a lovely anniversary experience this is. I loved the post so much and this is totally fun Man.

    Humaira

    (August 11, 2018 - 11:42 pm)

    Amazing hot air balloon experience on your special day. This is so much tempting and exciting to fly in the air. Very useful and beneficial tips for the hot air balloon ride. Great thoughts.

    Jhilmil D Saha

    (August 12, 2018 - 7:15 pm)

    I feel like booking a ride right now and let my daughter experience how fascinating it is to be at the top of the world.
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    Poornima M Reddy

    (August 12, 2018 - 8:55 pm)

    This is such a lovely blog. Wanting me to do a Hot Air Balloon ride sometime soon. Sounds like a lovely experience when high up in the air.

    Rohini James

    (August 12, 2018 - 11:18 pm)

    I’ve always wanted to do Hot Air Ballooning but never managed to so far. This post just reminded me to tick it off my bucket list this year.

    myswatitude

    (August 12, 2018 - 11:27 pm)

    I really want to do a hot air balloon ride soon. Must be so adventurous.

    Amrit kaur

    (August 12, 2018 - 11:27 pm)

    I can sense by reading that it was an amazing experience for you. I would love to try this for sure soon. I am now really excited to try this.
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    myswatitude

    (August 12, 2018 - 11:29 pm)

    I really want to do hot air balloon ride soon. This must be so adventurous 👍🏻

    Bushra

    (August 13, 2018 - 1:22 am)

    This looks like a great and adventurous ride. A perfect day out with family and friends

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