A hot air balloon ride over a city is one of the best ways to soak in its stunning vistas, all at once. Mostly planned at sunrise or sunset, these rides have the potential to fill hearts with unparalleled emotions and to create an everlasting bond with a place.

Here are some of the best places in the world where a hot air balloon ride will be a truly rewarding experience:

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Cappadocia, Turkey

You will understand what being stunned out of your senses really feels like on a hot air balloon ride over the craggy landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey. Mesmerising ‘fair chimney’ rock formations, river valleys, verdant green vineyards and colourful landscapes of Cappadocia will weave an enchanting spell. As you fly along with hundreds of other colourful balloons, a sense of peace and calm will accompany you. Flying in the sky just like floating in a pool, you can catch a breathtaking sunrise or sunset, depending upon your preference.

Bagan, Myanmar

Taking a hot air balloon ride in Bagan is as essential as visiting the stunning temples and ruins of this splendid city. As you soar high in the sky with hundreds of colourful balloons around you, you will be awe-struck by the sight of over 1000 temples, pagodas and shrines glistening in the warm hues of the sun. Take this ride with your partner for the memory of a romantic time in the midst of clouds. Ballooning season in Bagan runs from the beginning of October to the middle of April.

Napa Valley, California

More a nature-walk, than hot-air balloon ride, Napa Valley is one of the best places in the world for aiming for the skies. Start soaring in the sky at the outbreak of dawn, and behold the spectacular vistas of valley’s lush, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline. As the sun rises and covers the valley in the warm Californian sunshine, you will be rendered speechless at the beauty of the whole spectacle. The 1-hour long journey passes by without realisation as you gorge on sumptuous breakfast and sip on sparkling wine.

Masai Mara, Kenya

An encounter with the vast Big 5 and other splendid denizens of the wild in the gorgeous and diverse plains of Masai Mara is on the travel wish list of countless people in the world. Watching these creatures from several feet high in the sky, however, is an experience that visitors have a tough time translating in words. As the animals come out of their hiding places at the break of dawn, villagers start their day and the breathtaking vistas come into light, you will have to pinch yourself to believe all that is real.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown often features as one of the most stunning places not just in New Zealand but around the world. And taking a hot air balloon ride is one of the best ways to discover the splendid beauty of the city. As you soar to altitudes as high as 6000ft, you will be treated to panoramic views of Queenstown and its surrounds – “The Hobbit” filming locations, Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range, NZ’s finest golf courses. A delectable lunch and bubbling champagne are only going to further the pleasure.

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