Helicopter Joy Ride: Tourists to the state will be able to get a bird’s-eye view of some of the most scenic spots from next year, from helicopters. The Telangana Tourism Development Corporation is going to offer an aerial view of Hyderabad from a helicopter in March 2016. The introduction of heli-tourism enables the tourist to see Hyderabad tourism from choppers. The rides over selected tourism spots, historical places and natural reserves are made easy to view which was inaccessible or difficult to visit. Besides heli-tourism, seaplanes and hot-air balloons will also be launched for the tourist.
Hyderabad Helicopter Tourism in Telangana Review:
Telangana Tribal Tourism: The State Government also has plans to encourage eco and tribal tourism to attract more and more foreign tourists. The plans of Tourism Department were discussed in a review meeting conducted by Minister for Tourism and
Tribal Welfare A. Chandulal.
Permission in Process: The corporation has written to the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) seeking permission for the helicopter tours, as the copters may have to fly over airbases at Dundigal and Hakimpet and the airports at Begumpet and Shamshabad.
If all goes well, the helicopter sightseeing service may start in January or February next. “We will invite global tenders for hiring one or two 20-seater helicopters for the heli-tours,” said former DGP and chairman of TSTDC P. Ramulu. Adilabad, Warangal, Mahbubnagar and Khammam are known for their beauty. “I once flew over Warangal and found it very enchanting. Ditto with Adilabad and Mahabubnagar, Our long rivers will be a pleasure to watch. So also Nallamala Hills and the other forest areas. But it will be a costly affair,” he said.
Stating that plans were afoot to encourage eco and tribal tourism in the catchment areas of Godavari and Krishna rivers, the minister said, Nallamala forest area, including Somasila, Farhabad, Mallelateertham and Srisailam, would be suitable for eco-tourism. Besides, Medaram, Laknavaram, Tadwai, Mallur and Gattamma areas could be potential areas for tribal tourism, he explained.
The government is also planning to develop Boudha, Jain and Ramayana tourism circuits, Mr. Chandulal said, and directed the officials to make arrangements for conducting an international pearls festival in January.
Fare Charges and online Booking:
The price will be fixed depending on what the corporation has to pay the companies leasing out the helicopters. “We will try to make it affordable to the best of our ability,” along with adding online booking.
Mr Ramulu said the Centre had recently sanctioned Rs 99 crore to the state to develop ecological tourism.
Chairman of Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation Pervaram Ramulu, Tourism Advisor K.V. Ramanachary, Tourism Secretary Burra Venkatesham, MD of TSTDC Christina Z. Chongthu and others participated.