First ever Hot Air Balloon festival begins in Agra today

Tourists and local people gathered to witness the first hot air balloon festival in Agra today with many colourful hot air balloons flying from three different sites near the Taj Mahal.

According to the official sources, around 50 people mostly tourists, enjoyed the ride in 14 balloons in the morning hours on the opening day today. This is a three-day event in which balloonists from as many as 12 countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will participate.

Uttar Pradesh Tourism has organised the festival along with a private company Sky Waltz. The UP government has reportedly reserved Rs 1 crore for the event's success.

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