Highlights

The Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister launched India’s first hot air balloon safari in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The Tiger Reserve located in Garhpuri, Madhya Pradesh. There are several hot air balloon rides in the country for tourist. However, this is the first hot air balloon safari in the country.

About Hot Air Balloon Ride

It is to be restricted in the buffer area (neutral zonal area that lies between two or more bodies of land). The Air Balloon Ride service is to be operated by a Jaipur based Sky Waltz company.

Domestic and International Tourists can watch tigers, Indian Sloth bear & leopards from a height during the Air Balloon Ride. This service is to be introduced in other tiger reserves of Madhya Pradesh such as

  • Panna Tiger Reserve
  • Pench Tiger Reserve

The Working of a Hot Air Balloon

It works on the principle “Hot air rises”. When the air inside the balloon is heated, it becomes lighter than the cooler air outside. This causes the balloon to float upwards. When the air is allowed to cool, the balloon begins to come down.

Hot air balloons do not have separate mechanism for steering or propulsion. The balloons use the speed of the wind to move.

About Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

This tiger reserve is located in the eastern Satpura hill range. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is known for its Evergreen Sal forest.

Meaning of Bandhavgarh -Bandhav means Brother and Garh means Fort. The region is named after the fort. The fort is believed to have been given by Lakshman to his brother Lord Rama.

Reintroduction of Gaur in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

This National Park had a small population of Gaur (Indian bison). However, due to a disease that passed on to the Gaurs from cattle, all of them died. Thus, the Gaurs were reintroduced from Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh). In 2012, Around 50 Gaurs were shifted to Bandhavgarh National Park . The project was executed by the State Forest Department, Taj Safaris and Wildlife Institute of India.

India’s First Hot Air Balloon Safari