Varanasi hot air Balloon and Boat Festival 2023

Get ready for an amazing experience! The Varanasi/Kashi hot air Balloon & Boat Festival is set to begin on Tuesday, January 17th and will end on January 20th. This fantastic event is taking place in the picturesque city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and is sure to be a hit with all who attend!

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The Kashi Balloon & Boat Festival, taking place in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, will feature multiple exciting events for attendees to enjoy. One of the main highlights will be a boat race on a 3-km stretch of the Ganga river between Dashashwamedh and Namo ghats, providing a thrilling and unique experience for visitors. Additionally, hot air balloon rides will also be available, with take-off and landing sites at Central Hindu Boys School, Ramnagar and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) grounds. To add to the hot air ballooning experience, morning flights, tethered flights, and night glows will also be organized as part of the festival.

Varanasi Balloon Festival
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Hot air balloon in Varanasi booking 2023?

The Kashi Balloon & Boat Festival tickets are available for purchase offline only, at the designated ticketing location at Sanskritik Sankul, Chaukaghat, Varanasi. It is important to note that the tickets will not be available for purchase online, thus the participants and visitors will have to visit the location in person to buy the tickets for the festival.

Kashi Balloon Festival
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Tickets of hot air balloons are at just 500 INR per person. You can enjoy this ride for about 45 minutes, enjoying the picturesque view of the entire city, from lush greenery to beautiful lakes. This ride is regulated by the regional tourism department with the distance covering 5-7km and the balloons being operated by national and international pilots.


To make the festival even more exciting, the UP tourism department is introducing new and unique elements such as blimps, inflatable balloons, and floating cylinders. As part of the boat race, attendees can cheer on teams like Gangaputra, Navik Sena, Kashi Lahiri, Jal Yodhas, Kashi Keepers, Ganga Lahiri, Nauka Riders, Jal Sena, Ganga Vahini, Bhagirathi Sevaks, Gaumukh Giants and Ghat Keepers.


The Kashi Balloon & Boat Festival, taking place in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, will not only feature a boat race and hot air balloon rides, but also paramotor activities. These activities, which involve flying a small aircraft with a motor and propeller, will add an extra element of excitement to the festival. The tourism department has also partnered with agencies from five different countries, including the United States (US), Japan, and Canada, to enhance the hot air balloon festival. The festival is an unmissable opportunity for visitors to experience unique and thrilling activities, making it an unforgettable event.



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