Varanasi, also known as Benares or Kashi, is a city located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is a major religious and cultural center for Hinduism. The city is known for its temples, Ghats, and the Ganges River, which attracts many tourists from all over the world.
This year the most awaited event dates are released, for the Hot air balloon festival from 17th to 20th January in Varanasi U.P, previously held with eight pilots from abroad and six pilots from India, this time making it more grand the department has informed that in total, pilots from five countries will be participating which includes U.S.A ,Japan, and Canada. As part of the hot air balloon show, people will also get to witness morning flights, tethered flights, and night glows.
Boat racing has also been organized, locals from mahi community have been divided into 12 major groups. Department has also seeked help from other states which has boat racing as a prominent part of their system. The route for boat racing will be a 3 km Ganga stretch between Dashashwamedh and Namo ghats.
The logo for the event has been launched. It has also been said that paramotoring activities will be included to make visitors enjoy the event. The ticket price is expected to be the same as last year which is INR 500 for one hot air balloon ride. The venue for the balloons take off and landing will be at Central Hindu Boys School, Ramnagar and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) grounds. (As per reports)