*In Collaboration with Hot Air Ballooning Goa
From beautiful Beaches to Hip-Parties, Goa has it all. But there are few hidden secrets about this place that are unsaid and one of them is a Hot Air Balloon Ride. The beautiful experience to fly in a hot air balloon with “Hot Air Ballooning Goa” was truly an unforgettable experience, where the wind takes you to wonder at the sights far below. A Hot Air Balloon ride has got to be the ultimate sky adventure sport one could undertake in a lifetime. Such experiences offers a unique combination of exhilaration and serenity, as you go up, up and away to drift gently across stunning landscapes!
It is something that had always been at the top of our bucket list and seeing a million of our travel blogging friends doing it in places like Capadoccia in Turkey, it had left us yearning to finally do it. Moreover, celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary soaring high up in the air was again cherry on the top!!
Upon our arrival at the launch site, as the sun was rising, we watched the balloon being prepared for the flight and we received a brief safety talk from our pilot, on how to enter the balloon before liftoff. The basket laid sideways and as the balloon inflated, it gently moved the basket to the proper orientation and we were ready to set off for a ride.
We really didn’t know what to expect, as this was first time for both of us. We wondered if a hot air balloon ride would one of those adrenaline-pumping high altitude activities. But guys, we were wrong! The thrill of quietly floating through the air among the birds in the sky as the sun rose was nothing like we’ve experienced before. Fluffy white clouds above, deep blue river water surrounded by green-lush flowing underneath and adrenaline flowing through our body itself will remain etched in our minds forever.
We also learned that hot air ballooning in Goa is quite an affordable experience compared to doing it in other places around the world. Our flight with “Hot Air Ballooning Goa“, gave us some personalized romantic experience to celebrate our Anniversary high up in the air! Cutting our Anniversary cake while soaring over spectacular region gave us a memory to cherish for the rest of our life! We are very much thankful for all the efforts they have put to make our day special. We recommend every one of you to book your ride with them if you ever visit Goa!
We were five of us and a pilot in our balloon, squished in snuggly with just enough room. Our flight took off from a random field near Chandor in South Goa. It was early in the morning with a heavy fog just lifting which gave us some spectacular views to enjoy our ride. Floating over vast forests, small neighborhoods and the picturesque surroundings filled with coconut trees against the majestic Sahyadri hills, is every nature-lovers dream.
As we were floating over the spectacular region, the certified pilot was showing us luscious valley full of coconut trees. After about an hour or so of soaring up and down over the clouds and fog our pilot began searching for a nice place to land. This is when we realized that hot air balloons don’t really steer in any particular direction and they just float along with the air streams, which is why they do not have a designated landing spot, they just find a piece of land that looks clear and hopes the landowners don’t mind.
We braced ourselves for landing that turned out to be quite soft however then we had to wait for the rest of the crew to arrive and find us before we could get out. Without the balloon being properly deflated the weight of our bodies and the basket was what kept us on the ground.