Want to feel and realize the atrociousness of the world? Love to enjoy the gorgeous views of peaked mountains and dazzling rivers from greater heights? Go for hot air ballooning. Here we have put together some of the best places offering hot air balloon rides in the world. Check them out:
Cappadocia is known to be the hotspot of tourists interested in hot air ballooning. It is a historical place located at Central Anatolia in Turkey. The reasons behind its popularity as one of the best places offering hot air balloon rides are its weirdly exceptional backdrop and perfect climate. The area of Cappadocia includes a vast desert with filthy brown sands, quite a few ranges of mountains made of limestone rock, narrow and profound valleys having steep edges and eye-soothing green forests of olive. Amidst all of these, strange cave churches and quirky tent rocks can be spotted here and there. It is truly an outstanding experience to float above these mysterious rock projections during the dawn.
Wadi Rum is the second most popular site for hot air ballooning. Set in the southern part of Jordan, this rocky region is popularly named as the ‘Valley of the Moon’. It is the largest valley found around the country and is engraved on the granite rock. You will be simply left spell-bound by the paranormal beauty of the place, which is basically a mishmash of rough and sharp peaks as well as plains covered by rose-red sands. From a height of as much as 7,000 feet, you can have a spectacular glimpse of the huge wasteland, unusual yet beautiful rock formations, striking sand dunes, wonderful natural springs, the famous Red Sea, and a lot more. In short, you can never get enough of Wadi Rum and here comes its importance as a great spot for air ballooning.
When it comes to the most popular places offering amazing hot air balloon rides, Maasai Mara cannot be kept out of the list. We are talking about the Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR), which is a substantial land in the south-western part of Kenya, held in reserve for the purpose of conservation. Each year, numerous wild animals (including wildebeests, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, etc.) travel a long way from the adjacent Serengeti National Park through Massai Mara in order to get some water. It takes place annually for the period of July to October and is known as the ‘Great Migration’. The landscape in Maasai Mara is picturesque and the out of the ordinary sight of this migration makes it even more magical. Observing this wonderful scene from the air is a phenomenal experience. Hence, hot air balloon rides have become extremely popular in this region. There are a lot of travel agencies which incorporate this thrilling ride in their itineraries. However, you can also book it yourself as per your own convenience.
Napa Valley, U.S.
Napa Valley in the United States should also be included in this list of best places for enjoying hot air balloon rides. Set in the beautiful city of California, this place is one of the most famed wine growing regions on the earth. It is also a great destination for travelers who are ready to spend a fair amount for lavish accommodation and world-class food at a natural and mesmerizing setting. Gliding over the wineries in a hot air balloon is undoubtedly a unique experience as it offers a captivating view of lush green groves of olive, profound valleys plunging from high cliffs, vast stretches with lots of yellow sunflowers, brown patches of earth all over the place, and so on. You can’t help but love this eye-catching mishmash of colors.
This scenic place in New Zealand is also known to offer exciting hot air balloon rides to the visitors. Queensland is widely popular as the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and you can expect the same adrenalin rush during the hot air ballooning too. It is situated right beside the elongated Z-shaped glacial lake ‘Wakatipu’ in the famous South Island in the south-west part of the country. The entire region features several magnificent ranges of mountains and beautiful natural lakes. You can also get a taste of skydiving as well as bungee jumping while visiting Queenstown. But nothing can be better than a breathtaking hot air balloon ride in this dramatic setting.
Vilnius Hot Air Balloon ride
Source : Dr Prem’s Travel Photography
A trip to Lithuania, a small European nation flanked by Latvia, Russia, Poland and Belarus on all bordering sides is perhaps one of the most sensational trips for an avid traveler. There is no dearth of activities to do and places to see there, but once you take the Vilnius ‘Hot Air Balloon Ride,” you will consider it as a cynosure of your trip. Flying high over the cityscapes, rivers and meadows of Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania gives people the joy and the desired thrill. The hot air balloon ride over the city of Vilnius allows a wonderful bird’s eye view of the scenic splendor that lay perhaps several hundred meters below. You can capture the precious moments high up in the air in your camera.
Well, the Australian Outback might not the best choice for many people interested in hot air ballooning. But if you are daring and love to face challenges, it would certainly impress you a lot. It is positioned right at the centre of the country and is popularly known as the ‘Great Red Center’. This vast desert is extremely hot and dry. But its beauty perfectly surpasses its brutality. You can enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the red soil, Mount Olga and the well-known Ayers Rock (also called Uluru) while floating above the region. The 348 m. high Ayers Rock is the greatest attraction of the place and watching it changing colors at different times of the day is one of the most excellent experiences that you can ever have.