Madhya Pradesh January 7 dmanewsdesk: India’s first hot air balloon wildlife safari in a tiger reserve was launched recently in Madhya Pradesh’s famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. It was launched by Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Vijay Shah.
Mr. Shah added that the activity will, however, be restricted to the buffer area. He also added that this option will allow people to watch leopards, tigers, Indian sloth bears, and many other wild animals from a height.
After a maiden hot air balloon flight over the reserve’s buffer zone, Shah said that this is in line with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s vision of Buffer Mein Safar, and that this initiative will go a long way to promote tourism in the region, as well as wooing more tourists to the state
While talking to the media people, Shah added that with the launch of hot air balloon wildlife safari, those visiting Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve will have another adventure option to explore. It is the country’s first tiger reserve to get a hot air balloon safari ride. He also mentioned that now, like Africa’s forests, tourists in India will also get to enjoy such a ride.
The Minister also informed that the state is planning to introduce such a service in Kanha, Pench, and Panna tiger reserves as well.
Reportedly, the balloon safari will be operated by SkyWaltz Balloon Safari, a government approved commercial hot air balloon operator, and also the country’s first fully licensed balloon operator.
Regarding the safety of animals, the Forest Minister added that all steps have been taken to ensure safety of animals, as well as the visitors. He ensured that the balloon operator will be allowed to offer the service from a safe height, and that landing and take-off would be allowed only inside the buffer zone.
Source: Times of India Travels