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The three-day festival was organized to promote tourism in Varanasi. At a height of 1,000 feet, people taking the ride can get an aerial view of the city on the banks of the Ganges.

Reported by Sudhir Kumar | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Avik RoyHindustan Times, New Delhi

The skies were filled with color in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday as dozens of people took to the hot air balloon ride at a height of 1,000ft to get stunning views of the city on the banks of the Ganges . The hot air balloon event in Kashi takes place from November 17 to 19 at the riverside near Domri raj ghat.

Hot air balloons are set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi. (HT Photo)

Four stations have been built by Domri, CHS Sports Ground, BLW Sports Ground and Sigra Stadium around the city for the take-off and landing of hot air balloons which fly under the supervision of air traffic control (ATC). Stations have taken into consideration that hot air balloons are flown safely with mutual coordination.

Hot air balloons are set up for the three-day festival in Varanasi. (HT Photo)

A total of eight pilots, including seven foreigners, were called in to pilot the balloons. About five to eight people can fly in a hot air balloon for 45 minutes and experience a panoramic aerial view of Varanasi.

Hot air balloon festival in Varanasi. (Photo HT)

“Eleven hot air balloons will be part of the event. It is a promotional event. Efforts are underway to make it a regular occurrence in Kashi,” Varanasi District Commissioner Deepak Agrawal told the news agency. PTI.

Hot air balloons flying over the Ganges in Varanasi. (Photo HT)

Speaking on the ticket prices, Agrawal said that the tourism department has set the ticket price at 500 per person.

Aerial view of the hot air balloon festival in Varanasi. (Photo HT)

The festival was first held in December 2017 as a 10-day event to explore the scope of adventure tourism in Varanasi and make it a permanent adventure to attract tourists to the city.

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