Heli rides are definitely one of the most exciting and novel ways of exploring a new destination. The thrill of flying and the glorious views from the top is an experience that will remain with you for years to come. Here are the 5 most attractive heli rides in India that you simply cannot afford to miss.
Udaipur with Mewar Helicopter Services
Situated amidst the Aravalli ranges with a splattering of lakes across it, Udaipur makes for a gorgeous sight from up above. The hills, the water bodies, the picture-perfect palaces and the romantic air which is omnipresent in the city come together to make for a beautiful heli ride experience. Operated by MHS (Mewar Helicopter Services) Rides, the tour has several package options to choose from, such as Air Adventure Tour, Scenic Aravali Tour, Udaipur Lake Tour, Scenic Udaipur Tour, as well as Premium Rides, Outdoor Package and Wedding Package.
Estimated cost: Starting at INR 2000/pax
Duration: 3-30 minutes
Boarding point: Helipad Base, Udaipur
Vishakhapatnam with Helitours India
Vishakhapatnam, a port city famous for its beaches, is quite a sight to behold. Vishakhapatnam Helicopter Charter Services has a fleet of helicopters of different types presenting to you quite a range of experiences to choose from. The service is run by Heli Tours India, and you take a short ride to Kailasagiri, or a longer one to the spectacular Arakku Valley – a quaint hill station tucked away in the Eastern Ghats. The rides also take you through RK Beach, Simhachalam, Kambalakonda, Rushikonda and Ramanaidu Studios.
Estimated cost: starting at INR 2500/pax
Duration: 5-20 minutes
Boarding point: VUDA Park
Goa with Pawan Hans
Beaches are excellent locations to view from above, with absolutely no concrete and vast expanses of sand, trees and water to treat the eyes. An aerial view of forts, old lanes, beaches, temples, churches, spice plantations, wildlife and a lot of history to catch up to – nothing in the world can convince you to not take a heli ride over Goa. GTDC, in association with Pawan Hans, has launched helicopter rides in Goa from the helipad at Park Hyatt Hotel. Those who are not guests of the hotel can also book the tour. Cost and duration of the rides can be enquired at the time of booking.
Estimated cost: Upon request
Boarding point: Park Hyatt Helipad, Goa
Sikkim with Sikkim Tourism
Northeast India holds an unparalleled charm for Indian travellers, mainly because of its unique terrain and climate. While it is not possible to reach every location via road, especially during the winters, a heli ride is an ideal alternative to admire the snow-capped mountains and the flowery valleys in Sikkim. Sikkim Tourism's heli service offers varied aerial views, and you can choose your package depending on your budget. Take your pick from Joy Ride Gangtok Aerial View, Kanchendzonga Mountain Flight Chartered, Pilgrimage Flights or the Tsomgo Aerial Flight. Emergency medical flights are also provided for, and the rides can be pre-booked online.
Estimated cost: starting at INR 9500 or Rs.1200/minute
Duration: 15 minutes
Boarding point: Gangtok Helipad
Jaipur with Heritage on Air
Imagine how gorgeous ‘The Pink City’ would look when viewed from a helicopter! Marvel at the imposing forts, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the many parks, bazaars and temples of the city as the lights of the day play hide and seek with their contours. Heritage on Air offers multiple packages that can be customized based on the duration and area to be covered. They also organize group tours, and there is high emphasis on safety, security and comfort.
Estimated cost: Upon request
Duration: 5-30 minutes
Boarding point: Shiv Vilas Resort, Delhi-Jaipur Highway
If you are planning to travel to any of these cities anytime soon, don’t forget to take a heli ride!