From November 25 to 30, the city of Agra hosted the Taj Balloon Festival 2016 at the PAC ground. The whole venue came alive with a splash of enthusiasm and eagerness. The colourful and fun-filled celebrations with more than a dozen hot air balloon launches, night glow entertainment and live musical concert saw a big turnout.
The Taj Balloon Festival was held for the second time in the city, giving the locals and tourists a celebratory bonanza to remember. This momentous event witnessed more than 25,000 visitors during this six-day extravaganza. Around 300 people enjoyed a dream-come- true moment as they glided across one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
Talking about this initiative, Mr Samit Garg, Director – Sky Waltz, said, “The experience of flying across the Taj is difficult to express. I am grateful to the people of Agra and the UP tourism who backed this festival and made it successful. It was indeed a pleasure to see such enthusiasm from the locals and tourists alike. We truly hope to make this event an annual festival. It is a moment of grand celebration as we anticipate continuous support from the Akhilesh Yadav Government.”
Talking about the festival, Mr Avinash Mishra from UP Tourism said, “The excitement has been running high amongst all of us. I am pleased to have been a part of such a prestigious festival that was supported wholeheartedly by the locals. This will not only boost the tourism of Agra locally, but also put it up on the global tourism map. We are optimistic that this event will have a long-term relation with the city of Agra.”
The 6 day Taj Balloon Festival saw participation from 15 balloons from different countries including India, the USA, UK, Belgium, UAE, Netherland, Turkey, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Poland, and Malaysia.
These included three special shape balloons featuring iconic characters Happy Egg, Bob the Lobster & Smurf, an exciting new addition to last year’s festival.
Like the previous edition, the core objective of this special initiative was to boost leisure, adventure tourism and aviation based entertainment in the state as per the Department of Tourism, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
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