Now you can glide over Srinagar in a hot air balloon!

Adding to an array of new adventures and initiatives, the tourist department of Jammu & Kashmir has launched a hot air balloon service in Srinagar.

If you thought there was no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Kashmir than floating on a shikara in Dal Lake, think again! The state’s tourism authority has launched a hot air balloon service in Srinagar for visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the valley.

Hot air balloon service in srinagar
Enjoy panoramic views of the valley. Image: Shutterstock/Pranshu_Goyal.

The service has been rolled out at Zabarwan Park to cater to the huge influx of tourists that the region has seen post the ease in COVID-19 restrictions. In March this year, in a first in last 10 years, 1.80 lakh tourists visited Kashmir. Along with this, a series of new initiatives are being launched by the department to offer entertainment and adventures to the visitors as well as give a boost to the economy, including the first open-air floating theatre at Dal Lake, lush golf courses in Gulmarg, and more.

Float over the valley as you take in the picturesque vistas, breathing in the crisp mountain air. At a time, four people can ride in a giant balloon, while taking all the safety measures. What’s more? During the first week of the launch, visitors can even avail special discounts on the hot air balloon service in Srinagar.

In a tweet, the tourism department of Jammu and Kashmir announced the launch, inviting visitors to enjoy the discounted prices on these rides this summer. Director Tourism Kashmir, G N Itoo said that for the first time, they have started hot-air balloon for tourists and locals in Zabarwan park. “Some five years ago, a routine balloon was introduced but this time, we have introduced first ever hot-air balloon for tourists as well as local visitors at Zabarwan park today,” he said.

While at it, base yourself at Qayaam Gah in Srinagar, a serene Sufi retreat by ABChapri Retreats. The resort, featuring seven stylish and modern villas and suites, is located on a secluded ridge high above the calm waters of Dal Lake with the rugged Zabarwan Hills in the backdrop. Or stay Karan Mahal that sits between two hills as a seven-key boutique hotel surrounded by 60 acres of orchards and woods. 

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