Hot Air Balloon Safari, Paragliding & More: Take Bae To These Romantic Airborne Activities

Divya posted on 28 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Looking for some adventure? Get high in the sky with these adrenaline-boosting adventure activities around Pune.

Wings and Flights

Wings and Flights is an institute, focused on paragliding, paramotoring, parasailing, trike flying, paragliding winching, etc. Wings and Flights operate state-of-the art equipment, with highly qualified, award-winning pilots on staff. What we’re most interested in, is their engine-powered paragliding! You don’t have to be a qualified pilot to take a powered paragliding joyride. All you need to do is strap into the 360° open seat {with the pilot seated behind you}, sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
You’ll be flying at a height of 1000 feet for about 5 – 10 minutes {depending on the weather} and this will cost you around INR 2500+ taxes. Longer duration flights {20 – 30 minutes at 1000 – 12000 feet} are available, at a higher cost. Make some thrilling memories and take photos as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of scenic Pune. Weather permitting, the pilot may even let you steer the craft for a minute or two! We highly recommend booking your flight in advance, as they have limited slots.
Restrictions: Age 5 years – 70 years; weighing 20kg – 80kg. Passengers should be medically & physically fit.
#LBBTip: They also offer training courses, if you have the time and money to dedicate yourself to learning paragliding.
Sports Venues

168, Malwadi, Opp. Suzlon Office, Tupe Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune

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Indus Paragliding

If you’d rather a more natural paragliding experience, go for a tandem joyride with Indus Paragliding. Based in Kamshet {60km away from Pune}, Indus offers both paragliding courses, as well as tandem rides.
There isn’t any engine involved here, just the power of wind energy! For a 10-minute tandem joyride, it’ll cost you INR 2500+ on weekdays and INR 3000+ on weekends and public holidays. You can double the duration at double the cost. Located in Kamshet, they have two different sites for paragliding, and will inform you of which site to visit according to the weather. We strongly advise you make a booking with them at least 4-5 days in advance, to avoid disappointment. Photo and video coverage of your joyride can be arranged at an extra cost of INR 1000+.
Restrictions: Age 5 years minimum, weighing 15 – 16kg or maximum 100 – 110kg, and medically fit.
Sports Venues

67, Village Bhajgaon, Kamshet - Kundali Road, Taluka Maval, Kamshet, Maharashtra

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Nirvana Adventures

If you’d rather make a weekend of it with your squad, check out Fly Nirvana – also based in Kamshet, close to Lonavala. They have a cosy lake-front guest house called Native Place where you can book a room/dorm/tent package if you plan to overnight it. You will need your own mode of transport to get here, but the staff at Nirvana can help you arrange for that as well.
For paragliding, you must book with them beforehand, since it solely depends on the wind and weather conditions. Once your booking is confirmed, they will provide you with detailed instructions on how to get there, and what to carry. Additional HD video and photo coverage of the flight can be arranged if you request them beforehand. On weekdays, a 5-10 minute flight will cost you INR 2,500+ and INR 3,000 on public holidays and weekends {additional GST will apply}.
You can even customise a longer flight time package with them at a higher price. We think this would make for an ideal weekend getaway, so get booking!
#LBBTip: Flying time depends on the climate and weather conditions, so it’s best to contact them in advance for bookings.
Other

Native Place, Golden Glades,Vadivali Lake, Uksan Village, Kamshet, Taluka Maval, Pune, Maharashtra

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Hadapsar Gliding Center

Experience flight like a bird at Hadapsar Gliding Center. Run by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the pilots here are trained professionals who are completing their civil aviation course practice – so you’re in good hands. Gliding aircraft are unpowered, also called ‘sailplanes’, and rely on air currents and wind to remain airborne.
Enjoy peace and tranquility as you float weightlessly above the clouds – it’s an experience like no other. If you’re a first-time flier, this is a great way to acquaint yourself with the sky. It costs INR 187 per person for an accompanied ride up in the air, but with the onset of GST we advise you to check costs with the Center themselves.
#LBBTip: We hear it’s best to visit on Sundays, and to pack the essentials like water, sunglasses, and a cap/umbrella to keep you cool in the sun.
Schools & Colleges

Hadapsar - Saswad - Jejuri Road, Sayyed Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune

SkyWaltz Balloon Safari

Take a romantic ride in a hot air balloon with your SO as you soar over a patchwork of farms and fields below. SkyWaltz operates in the Talegaon-Kamshet area, where they fly over a 20km radius for a duration of 1 hour in the air. It’ll cost you INR 9500/head on weekdays, and INR 11,500/head on weekends {GST and taxes are additonal}. You must make a booking in advance, up-to one day beforehand.
The meeting point is in Talegaon at Hotel Orritel, a short drive outside of Pune. SkyWaltz rides are scheduled for the early hours of the morning, so that you are already up in the air by the time the sun rises. Complimentary tea and coffee are served while you watch them inflate and set up the gigantic balloon. Unfortunately, evening trips are not offered due to strong wind conditions.
#LBBTip: Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and maybe carry something to wrap your head and neck with – it can get pretty breezy up there!

#LBBTip

Flying season is from October end until April/May end, depending on weather conditions. Please check flight schedules and availability with these companies before you decide to go.