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Taj Ballon Festival began, Agra sky filled with hot air ballons

On the subsidiary of the ongoing Taj Balloon Festival, some 15 hot air balloons filled the sky of Agra on Sunday. The sky around the Taj Mahal looked the most pleasing and people thoroughly enjoyed that alluring moment.

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The three-day festival unfolded on Saturday with 15 different sized balloons participating .

Out of them, three were by the event organiser of India’s biggest ever balloon flight company, Sky Waltz, while other 13 balloons were from various parts of the world including Britain, Brazil, the US and Dubai.

The second day of the festival initiated a 45-minute balloon rides, taking off from the ghats of the Yamuna. The setting up of the balloons took about 30 minutes and finally took off at 7.00 a.m. Visitors relished the rides profoundly.

However, the Taj Mahal was not viewing clearly due to thick haze. The balloons maintained a height of 300 metres from the ground and flew at an altitude of 1,000 metres.

The monuments aside of the Taj Mahal were also curtained with haze. The balloons ultimately landed on open grounds in the outskirts of the city.

Interstingly, the festival obtained all clearances from the defence ministry and the Indian Air Force (IAF) — since the area around the Taj Mahal is a no-fly zone, has been organised in association with the Uttar Pradesh government.

The permission of the event was also taken from the Archaeological Survey of India, Agra district administration and Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

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