Colorful yet perky Balloons take off as Andhra Pradesh hosts International Balloon Festival for the first time
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 14-Nov-2017

Amravati, November 14: Today many colorful balloons took off in the skies of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh. For the first time ever, International Balloon Festival got kicked off in Andhra Pradesh. This edition of festival is being organised under the patronage of the Honourable Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the guidance of the  Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya.


Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh saw its first-ever international balloon festival. Supported by Andhra Pradesh Tourism, this three-day extravaganza from 14-16 November has a line-up of 16 balloons from 13 countries including Australia, USA, South Korea, Brazil and India.

Located at an altitude of 1300m above sea level, Araku Valley—a three-hour drive from Vizag—is a popular hill station and one of the most scenic spots in the state. The drive to the valley is just as enticing as the actual destination as you pass tunnels, orchards and water falls on the way to the campsite.

 

While you’re there, hop on one of the hot-air balloons for an early morning flight—to catch the morning light spread over the stunning valleys of Araku. Soak in the gorgeous aerial views, but don’t stress if you can’t make it that early. There’s a lot more on offer. To keep the young ones entertained, special shaped balloons such as Iwi the kiwi, Neptuno and the Bee will make an appearance. Watch para-motoring shows by pilots from across the globe or do a couple of excursions around the campsite. You can also visit coffee plantations or check out the tribal village up-close. As the sun goes down, you can participate in tethered flights before heading back to the camp. End your day with Night Glow, a light and colour show with inflated balloons.

Here are the key highlights of the festival:

Hot Air Ballooning

16 Balloons from 13 countries will fly over the magnificent Araku Valley presenting a visual delight for spectators on the ground and guests on board the balloons. There will be one morning flight followed by tethered flights in the evening. The night glows will be another grand spectacle where the inflated balloons will create a magic of light and colours.

Para-Motoring

The festival will see its share of hi-octane adrenaline pumping flights by para motorists that are sure to wow the assembly of spectators.

Camp Stays

Araku Balloon Festival will also showcase a glamping experience of a different level. Difficult to describe in words, this can only be experienced.

Excursions

The Picturesque Araku Valley has many facets for an explorer to seek. Daily guided excursions have been planned within the quantum of time in hand.