Lucknow, September 15, 2015: To boost leisure/adventure tourism and aviation based entertainment in the state, Uttar Pradesh Government will be hosting TAJ Balloon Festival in Agra from November 14 – 16, 2015.
The Festival will feature 15 balloons from across countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Spain and Germany, amongst others. Expert balloonists will be displaying their skills as the skyline of the ‘Taj’ city i.e. Agra will be dotted with colourful balloons. Regarded as one of the safest form of aviation sport, Hot Air Ballooning has been gaining prominence across the world.
Speaking about TAJ Balloon Festival, Secratary /Director General, Tourism, UP Mr. Amrit Abhijat said “Uttar Pradesh is the unique state that provides various adventure sport related activities to tourists. We are introducing Hot Air Ballooning as the latest aviation & adventure sport for the discerning tourists. This Festival is the first step towards creating a world class ballooning centre in the state of Uttar Pradesh.”
Mr. Abhijat, also added that the Festival will see about 15 hot air balloons rise up and grace the skies of Agra every morning during the event and will also feature special “Evening Tethered Flights”, wherein balloons will rise to a certain height from the ground. This will enable enthusiasts to take a closer look at the balloons. This festival is being organized in Agra to promote the ‘Taj City’ as a Leisure/ adventure sport destination. During the TAJ Balloon Festival, a Night Glow Concert will take place where hot air balloons will light up in sync with live music.
This effort is a part of our initiative to develop new attractions and events at Agra. Agra, the Taj City with its Heritage monument like Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri is distinct and form a very important region in the Heritage Arc. Last year we did ‘Meragra’ campaign involving youth and stakeholder to promote responsible tourism in the state.
The Uttar Pradesh Government is holding the Festival in association with E-factor Adventure Tourism Pvt. Ltd. is a prominent company in India that operates commercial hot air ballooning flights along-with promoting and hosting various Hot Air Ballooning related events.
Taj Balloon Festival
Photographs of Taj Balloon Festival