Udaipur is famed for its hot air balloon tours, which take tourists over the marble-granite City Palace, give them an eagle eye view of the placid blue Lake Pichola, and through the freshest air money can buy! The beauty of the city’s monuments and colours is best experienced from the sky above, as colourful swatches across a varied topography.
And now, Rajasthan has initiated helicopter tours from the international airport in Dabok, as aerial joyrides to give Udaipur a much needed boost in its friendly competition with Jaipur as the second most sought after tourist destination.
The view from above
The 15 minute sky high experience will give you the best 360 degree vistas in every direction of the lake city. At 1,000 feet high, tourists will see many of the most famous tourist hotspots of the city. These include Lake Fatehsagar, Pichhola lake, Udaisagar, Neemuch Mata hills, Sajjangarh, City Palace, Karni Mata temple, Doodh Talai, Shilpgram, Nehru Garden, Swaroop Sagar. What can be better than a bird’s eye view of the spectacular architecture of the City Palace, in its full glory, or seeing the Lake Pichola, from above with what looks like a white marble palace floating on it. It is a brief 50 km trip, but promises a panorama that is unrivaled.
A great setting to learn Mewar history
It definitely will give Udaipur a one of a kind Unique Selling Point, something that will draw tourists from far and wide. The joyride hosts have been requested to tell tourists of the history and culture of the people and monuments they will spot on their journey. Priced at an affordable 4,199 Rupees (for foreign tourists), and Rs. 1999 (for Indian tourists), the experience is a great idea to add to your Rajasthan travel itinerary. Already, Udaipur offers balloon tours that take you higher than Udaipur’s birds, giving you views of the Pink City’s countrysides and lakes. Organised by the Mewar Helicopter Services, a family helicopter booking will seat a total, and escort them through the prominent tourist destinations. Mewar Helicopter services has already reported great demand, with almost 500 booking made within a month of the service being launched.
Keep in mind that photography is not allowed on the trip, due to possible security issues. However, the sights and sounds of the 15 minute trip will definitely stay with you for years.
The terrain combines the grandiose topography of the spectacular Aravalli Hills with the pristine blue waters of Lake Pichola, and many lakes and canals. The route will pass many seventeenth century palaces and monuments that still glitter with sandstone and white marble.
For experienced tourists who have already navigated the many winding streets and forts, and walked through residential areas and modern parts of the city, this is a way to renew their love of Udaipur. The trip is a great way to wind up their trip of the region, after tourists have finished their treks through monuments, temples, and shopping trips.