Charter a chopper: Helicopters, the new mode of transport in Bangalore
By Lavanya Srinivasan | Published: May 19 2010
Now you can skip all the traffic and directly get to the location in a jiffy, all thanks to Heli-tourism that promises not to just be a boon to the state tourism but also a service for people on the move.
Charter a chopper in Bangalore with Helicopter hire services.
Life would be a lot easier if we could keep off from the potholes and the irksome traffic, and get to the destination in a jiffy. Well, that’s a possibility now, thanks to the Department of Tourism's decision to allow more private players to operate helicopter service between destinations.
The state tourism which had kept this plan on the back burner for a while, decided that this was the right time to promote Heli-tourism. Heli-tourism will be available on four circuits i.e. heritage, beach, religious and malnad.
Also the heritage and the beach circuit seem to be the most opted circuits. On one of the highest-flying routes - Hampi-Bijapur route, tourists would be taken to Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole from Hospet, with the option of having breakfast or lunch at Tungabhadra dam.
Details of the Heli-tourism project in the State will be worked out soon and the tourism ministry is hoping that this initiative will attract more foreign tourists. A sum of Rs. 30 crore has been allocated for developing approach roads to various tourist destinations in the State.
Heli-tourism is still in its infancy and huge demand comes from corporate clients. Captain Gopinath, CMD, Deccan Express Logistics says “Helicopter tours are mostly overnight trips, where the chopper takes tourists to the destination, makes a night halt and flies them back. Only corporate clients can afford to take off for days,”
He further adds “Heli-tourism packages are not financially viable for most tourists. Helicopter tours will become popular once the issue of pricing is sorted out by private players with government help,”
Choppers, according to industry sources, can be chartered for anything from Rs 70,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh, depending on the aircraft chosen and the number of hours of flying involved. However, major industry players like Deccan Aviation sell Heli-tourism packages of two to three days duration for places like Hampi, Belur and Mysore for Rs 2 to 4 lakh.
With more copter services getting ready for take off, the state tourism department would also fly high by becoming the first Indian state to offer Heli-tourism facilities.
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