8 Indian Towns You Can Explore With A Helicopter Ride.

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Remember Shah Rukh’s iconic entry in K3G, getting off his private chopper, the blades twirling in the background, running towards Jaya Bacchan?

If you thought helicopter rides in India are meant only for the "Raichands" and the rich, Think again!

You can try these eight helicopter joy rides that besides giving you an exclusive bird’s view of the beautiful topography, makes for an exhilarating bucket-list experience.

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1. Goa

Sea-breeze, salty air, and sun-kissed beaches, Goa is synonymous with hippie vibes and care-free tides.

The government of Goa has partnered with Pawan Hans, the largest helicopter operator in India, to bring helicopter joy rides to Goa. The rides take place in a state-of-the-art Bell-206 chopper which can carry up to 5 passengers at a time.

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What is covered:

The adventure begins from the Luxurious Park Hyatt Resort at Cansaulim, from where the chopper proceeds to fly over the pristine azure beaches of Arossim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, and Varca.

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The chopper flies along the coast, so while you spot the tranquil green fields and tiny villages on one side, the view on the other side will be of the magnificent waves crashing on the shore.

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Ride Duration: 15 minutes

Cost: Rs.3,500 per person.

Contact: You can checkout the rates and book here.

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2. Vishakapatnam

Called the Jewel of the East Coast, Vishakapatnam is a traveler’s delight, snuggled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats towards the Bay of Bengal. Whether you’re a beach bum or a culture vulture, Vishakapatnam will awe you and make you fall in love with itself.

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Vishakhapatnam Helicopter Charter Services operates and offers a variety of experiences to choose from. The jet service is run by Heli Tours India.

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What is covered:

As per your choices, you can explore Simhachalam, Kambalakonda, RK, Rushikonda and the Ramanaidu Studios. They can also take you on an extended ride to Kailasagiri and the spectacular Arakku Valley and the Eastern Ghats.

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Ride Duration: Minimum 20 mins.

Cost: The charge for the city tour will be Rs. 2,000 on-wards per person.

It covers Kailasagiri, Thotlakonda, Simhachalam Temple and other important tourist spots. The extended trip cost for the Araku Valley and the Eastern Ghats tour will be Rs 5,000 on-wards per person.

Contact: You can book here.

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3. Sikkim

The mountain kingdom has snow-clad peaks guarding it's lush green flower valleys. Prayer flags fluttering in the sky and locals flashing warm smiles are some of the distinctive features of Sikkim.

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Helicopter rides are conducted by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation in Gangtok.

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What is covered:

They have different options to choose from that include aerial joy rides as well as transfers in choppers from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok.

The whir of the rotors and the wind accompanied with spectacular views of the topography has made helicopter rides in Gangtok extremely popular.

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Ride Duration:

The Gangtok aerial view joy ride is for 15 minutes.

The daily choppers that carry passengers from Bagdogra to Gangtok and back take 30 - 35 minutes.

Cost:

The cost for the aerial city ride is Rs. 9,500 per flight (which can be divided among the number of passengers)

The Tsomgo Aerial Flights cost Rs. 18,990 for 4 people.

Daily Gangtok – Bagdogra flights are for Rs.3,500 person

You can also book a chartered helicopter flight for anywhere at Rs 1200 per minute.

Contact: You can book here.

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4. Hyderabad

Brimming with historical and architectural richness, the city of pearls is a strange amalgamation of modern tech with the vintage flavour.

Even the Hyderabad tourism department had decided to organize Helicopter joyrides from Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake in 2016.

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Currently, the service is offered by Indwell aviation pvt ltd and some other private aviation companies. The Cessna plane used for this excursion takes-off from Begumpet Airport and glides over local markets, a Buddha Statue and other places.

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What is covered:

The tour will provide a bird's eye view of Begumpet, Hussain Shah Garden, Buddha Statue, Birla Temple, Char Minar, Golconda Fort, Necklace Road, Public Garden, Central library, City Court, High Court, Hi-Tech city among others.

Ride Duration: 30-minutes

Cost: Rs. 15,450 per person.

Contact: You can book here.

5. Mumbai

A helicopter joy ride 1000 feet above the city and the coast is an unforgettable way to experience the breath-taking beauty of Mumbai, and witness some panoramic views of the Sea Link, the Mumbai skyline & the massive Arabian Ocean.

Pawan Hans and many other aviation companies conduct aerial joy rides in Mumbai, they have different packages and options to choose from. They can also arrange flights for special occasions like romantic proposals and pre-wedding-shoots on request.

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What is covered:

They have three main options that you can choose from for a city-tour -

North Mumbai - Juhu Beach, Escon Temple, Versova Beach, Versova Metro, Madh Island, Pagoda, Essel World.

North Mumbai - Juhu Beach, Juhu Eskon Temple, Andheri Railway Station, Andheri Metro Station, International Airport, Powai Lake, Hiranandani Building, Powai Vihar Lake and Goregaon Film City.

South Mumbai - Juhu, Bandra Worli sea link, Worli sea face, Mahalaxmi Temple, Mahalaxmi race course, The Queens Necklace, Chowpathy, Haji Ali, Marine Drive, The Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel.

Ride Duration: It ranges from 15 mins to 60 mins based on the duration you select.

Cost: The cost of the 15 min shared joyride per person is Rs. 8250 and 15 minute in a private chopper ride for 3 people is Rs. 17,950.

Contact: You can book here.

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6. Udaipur

Majestic white palaces, royal havelis, enclosed by the purple Aravalis and a tranquil lake at its heart. Udaipur will entice you with its quaint old-world charm.

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Mewar Helicopter Services run fuel-efficient 3-4-5-seater helicopters which provides excellent safety, reliability, and smooth handling.

What is covered:

The helicopter flies over the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola, you can see the White Lake Palace to your right and the City Palace to your left.

Then it swoops over the Sajjan Garh Palace that was built atop a hill to watch the monsoon clouds, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake and the Neemach Mata Temple situated on the banks of the lake.

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They have four main types of packages. Air Adventure Tour Scenic Aravali Tour, Udaipur Lake Tour, and Scenic Udaipur Tour.

Ride Duration: The duration of the ride varies from 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins to 30 mins.

Cost: The cost per person is Rs. 3250, Rs. 5,500 and Rs. 6,500 based on the package you choose. The cost for the 30 min ride is Rs. 12, 500. (Charges inclusive of all taxes and include a Rs. 10 lacs Insurance per person per seat)

Contact: You can book here.

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7. Jaipur

A city that is decked in shades of pastel pink, architecturally opulent and culturally rich, each wall in Jaipur has a story to tell of its own.

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Sit right next to the pilot and observe how a helicopter is flown, watch out some of the best tourist attractions of the royal city from a bird’s eye view. The service is provided by Heritage On Air and also by Royal Sky Tech Aviation.

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What is covered:

Nahargarh, Jaigarh, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Panna Meena Ka Kund, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort.

Ride Duration: 5-30 minutes based on your package.

Cost: Rs. 9,999 per person for a 10 min ride.

Contact: You can book here and here.

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8. Pune

Soar through the air and get a breath-taking eagle's eye view of the city of Pune. Sitting in an armchair in the private plane, at a height of about 1000 feet, you can discover a whole new way to see the city.

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What is covered:

You board the chopper from Pune airport. The helicopter used is Robinson R66.

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The routes are decided by the Air Traffic Control, but usually, the following route is followed: Pune airport, Magarpatta City, Shaniwarwada, Railway station Oxford & back to Pune Airport.

Ride Duration: 30 mins

Cost: Rs. 11, 950 per person for a group of four people.

Contact: You can book here.

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Sure, you would’ve explored a few of these places already through land but have you ever tried the aerial way? Discover a new angle of these places from the sky!

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Tip: Don’t forget to carry a valid government approved identity proof (for Indian nationals) and your original passport (for foreign nationals).Make sure you get to the location at least 30-45 minutes prior to the flight departure

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