Vizaq: The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department in collaboration with private firms like Skywaltz and E-Factor has come up with its first ever Hot Air Balloon Festival in the state, to promote tourism. The three-day festival will see participation from 13 countries, including the US, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia.
Known for its peaceful atmosphere, Araku Valley is a well-known place on India's Tourism map. The coffee plantations, beautiful waterfalls, and rich cultural heritage makes Araku one of the best tourism places in Andhra Pradesh.
Clarifying on the fears of the general public over flying on Hot Air Balloons, Samit Garg, the CEO of E-Factor said, "There's nothing to fear about it. Normally, Hot Air Balloons can travel up to a distance of 50,000 feet above the sea-level but we are restricting the distance to only 2,500 feet. Further, a pilot is selected only if he had a total of seven to eight years of experience".
"Hot Air Balloons do not require any engines to fly, making it a secure medium to try as there are no chances of technical failure. Only the climate may create problems on some rare occasions. We are hopeful that the public will participate in this event, making it a mega success", he concluded.
On the other hand, Hundreds of people are expected to turn up for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Not to mention, Jaipur is widely recognized as the capital of Hot Air Balloon flying in India.