Madhya Pradesh prepares balloon ride over tiger reserve. The famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is the first of its kind in the country. Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Vijay Shah inaugurated the project. He said the balloon safari would be a double adventure for those visiting Bandhavgarh. Shah added that aerial view of animals including tiger and leopard would also be possible.
This is in line with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's view of Buffer Mem Safar. After the hot air balloon ride above the buffer zone in the reserve, Shah said the initiative would go a long way in promoting tourism in the region. He added that the project will also attract more tourists to the state.
It is the first tiger sanctuary in the country to conduct a hot air balloon safari. Now, like the forests of Africa, tourists in India can enjoy such a ride, he said. He said the state was planning to set up such a service at Kanha, Pench and Panna tiger sanctuaries. Skywalts, the country's first fully licensed balloon operator and a government-approved commercial hot air balloon operator, is reportedly taking the helm of the trip.
The Forest Minister added that all steps have been taken to ensure the safety of visitors and animals alike. He assured that the balloon operator would be allowed to provide service from a safe altitude and landing and take off would be allowed only within the buffer zone.