Telangana Tourism has announced that it will organise a helicopter joyride of Hyderabad from May 9 to 14.As a large number of tourists are expected to arrive in the city during summer vacations, the tourism department has decided to organise the joyride from Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake.
Indwell Aviation Pvt Ltd will organise the 10-minute joyride, during which tourists can view Hyderabad from air by hopping onto a helicopter.According to the department, this is a novel option of viewing landmark tourist spots and other destinations of Hyderabad from over 1,500 feet.The ride will provide a bird's eye view of Tank bund with Buddha Statue, Lumbini Park, NTR Garden, Birla Mandir, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, High Court, Osmania Hospital, IMAX, Sanjeevaiah Park and Snow World.
Reports add that the company used a Bell 412 chopper, that can seat 12 people, apart from the pilot and co-pilot, and the cost of the tour is Rs 3,500 a ride.“Every time we organise such rides, we need to get the required permissions from the authorities - the Director-General of Civil Aviation, the Director-General of Police and the district administration, to name a few. That is some job but we have to ensure compliance,” Director-Business Development of Indwell Aviation had earlier told The Hindu.
The organisers can be contacted at +91-9447777110.The first batch of rides were first flagged off in March last year my Municipal and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao along with then Tourism Secretary B Venkatesam.“Flying is not a privilege of the rich now. The joy ride over Hyderabad proves this. It is within the reach of the common man. We are focusing on reviving Osmansagar, Hussainsagar and the Musi. We have lots of plans. The Buddha Purnima project was taken up in the past. We will take up more such initiatives and develop Sanjeevaiah Park,” KTR had said at the time