Goa has a myriad of enchantments to its name and hot air ballooning is a recent addition. More than often we feel the need to escape to a world of euphoria and here hot air balloon rides works like magic. Add to the thrill of vacations in Goa, your mind doesn’t have to wander a lot. This small state with its handful of tourist attractions has the answer to your every mood. What makes it true are the experiences that await you away from the palm-shaded beaches.
Hot Air Ballooning is one such adventure that makes your coming down to West India blissful. Just imagine yourself sitting in a basket, floating like a balloon with the cold air rippling through your clothes. A feeling you would love. Don’t worry the birds aren’t going to envy you, rather they would become your friends. The moment you reach a certain height, you will see a side of Goa no one has ever seen. Except those who are as crazy about hot air balloons as you. Just one hot air balloon ride offers you an eagle’s eye view of the coastal beauty of the state.
This experience of feeling the cool breeze gets even more memorable when you are with your loved ones. That being said, it is also a great way to express your love by proposing to your significant other or if you are on a honeymoon in Goa. Wait, this joy ride is not only inclined to the romantic side. As you can enjoy hot air ballooning in Goa with your family and friends. So why are you waiting? Plan this adventurous yet heartwarming moment on your holiday in Goa.
How to book for a Hot Air Balloon Ride?
Hot Air Balloons are one of the best and worth trying out experiences if you are in Goa. These are the first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening before it gets dark. This enthralling hot air balloon rides in South Goa and is a part of this incredible view of several balloons flying in the clear sky. This ultimate experience can be booked for family or with your group of adventurous friends or even if you are traveling alone. In one standard balloon flight, a maximum of 10 people is arranged.
To book your ride you have to confirm your registration at the site of the Hot Air Balloon, which is Assolda Football Ground in South Goa (hotairballooninginindia.com).
If you plan to have some special moments with your loved one, you can go for the Private Balloon Flight. They cost higher than the Standard Balloon Flight but also give you your space and time. Your pilot, at the site, will brief you and suggest your precautions. You also get complete flight insurance. You are not allowed to carry food or drinks inside the balloon. You can also request your pilot to provide you with a certificate of presentation signed by him.
Goa Hot Air Balloon Cost:
For Standard Balloon Flight (one that accommodates 10 people) you are charged Rs. 11000 per person. If you are booking a Private Balloon Flight, you will be charged Rs. 55000 for 1-3 people and Rs. 99000 for 4-8 people (as of January 2021). This activity provides you a free pick up and drops from your hotel or residence.
Children below the age of 5 are not allowed to participate in this activity. For children below the age of 9, the fare is 50% that of an adult. And children above the age of 9 are considered an adult in terms of fare.
Location for hot air balloon ride: Assolda Football Ground, Chandor, South Goa, Goa.
Ride Duration: 45-60 minutes
Best time to enjoy hot air balloon ride: October to May
- Do not go for the ride if you are unwell or having any health issues
- To enjoy a hassle-free ride reach the site by 6:30 am
- Always follow the instructions given by the balloon pilot
- The hot air balloon is subject to climatic conditions. So, do not panic when it takes a turn due to a bad climate.
- children below the age of 5 and Pregnant women are not allowed for the hot air balloon ride
- Pets are not allowed on the ride.
- Do not forget to carry your camera.
- Wear casual and comfortable clothes, can also carry a jacket, shawl as the temperature decreases with the altitude.
- Wearing a good pair of sturdy shoes is advised for the ride.
- Weather can play an important role in the ride schedule.
- Keep in mind that the hot air balloon can land in a muddy area as well.
How to reach Assolda Football Ground?
When you are in Goa, you can easily reach Assolda Football Ground, Chandor, South Goa by hiring a private taxi or taking the pilot service, which is (motorcycle rickshaws).