Hot Air Ballooning in Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan India

Flying season:
From mid September to March
Hot Air Balloon capacity:
4 to 8 people
Flight timing:
6:15 am and 4:00 pm
Flight duration:
About 60 mins
Located in Sawai Madhopur district in south eastern Rajasthan, also known as "the land of kings", Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most unique wildlife sanctuaries in India. Widely known as a former hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the national park is home to one of the most impressive predators in nature, the tiger and a major attraction for wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world.

Situated on the foothills of Aravalli mountain range, at the edge of a plateau, Ranthambore National Park is bounded to the south from Chambal River and to the north from Banas River, while it covers an area of 151.3 mi²/392 km² and includes several lakes and also the historic Ranthambhore fortress. The climate in the area is subtropical with hot, humid summers and dry, cold winters. The monsoon season starts from July and lasts until the end of September.

There are many activities available within the national park, such as Jeep safaris and hiking tours. However, one of the most thrilling and impressive adventures visitors can experience is a sky ride with a hot air balloon. The flying season starts from mid September, after the monsoon season and lasts until March. The flying time is approximately 1 hour and the certified pilots make sure to take you over the most majestic places of the park and provide you with the best views possible of the area around, with low and high flights when necessary.

The excitement begins before you even enter the hot air balloon and leave the ground. Watching the balloon being inflated and prepared is magic. Once you leave the ground and while soaring above the jungle, you will have the opportunity to see from a different perspective the amazing national park along with the wide range of wildlife, tigers and leopards, exotic birds and so much more.

This adventure does not require any previous experience or special skills. The school operating on the spot, picks you up from your hotel and takes you to the launch site. Note that flights are available at 6:15 am and 4:00 pm. If you love flying and nature, this is truly a one of a kind adventure that no one should miss. Don’t forget to get a pair of gloves with you and your camera!