Visual treat: Hot air balloon festival kicks off to mark Dev Deepavali in Varanasi

Residents of Varanasi are thrilled to experience what it feels like to soar through the sky and get a bird’s eye view of the city, known as the spiritual capital of India. The bright colors of hot air balloons in the air are also a new sight for residents.

The hot air balloon festival is organized by the government of Uttar Pradesh to boost tourism. The three-day festival held during Dev Deepawali kicked off on November 17 this year.

In a video released by ANI, children and their families can be seen screaming in awe and thrill. The hot air balloons crossing the dark blue sky become spectacular, adding vigor to the festival.

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“#Varanasi is however considered a paradise city; however, getting its scenic aerial view is a big deal of excitement! #VaranasiBalloonFestival is here to satisfy their curiosity.
See surreal glimpses of Kashi Nov 17-19, 21,” read UP Tourism’s tweet.

“The bubbles popping up in the sky are screaming loudly saying #Deepawali2021 is here. Check out the joy of flying high in #VaranasiBalloonFestival about it,” said the UP Tourism Twitter account.

“A flight worth noting for a hundred moments, What a way to #launch the #varanasiballoonfestival.” tweeted Varanasi Balloon Festival. “Created, captured and celebrated! Time will be on their side, the sooner they will be bigger than the basket to fly in a #hotairballoon,” the Varnasi Balloon Festival added.

The balloons pass over the banks of the Ganges, allowing an experience of the surreal backdrops of Varanasi, according to the UP Tourism Twitter account. Netizens were amazed to see the visuals and Twitter user Sumit Jaiszz said, “My heart was filled with joy.”

Meanwhile, others have raised concerns about safety guidelines. “I hope they maintain strict guidelines…unlike overloading boats on tourist trips,” tweeted Raji Prasanna, another Twitter user.

Celebrated fifteen days after Diwali, Dev Deepavali is the Kartik Poornima festival held in Varanasi. Offering a spectacular view, the steps of all the ghats on the banks of the Ganges will be lit with countless numbers of earthen lamps on occasion.