SkyWaltz

Company Overview

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to SkyWaltz Balloon Safari - India’s first fully licensed and Government approved commercial Hot Air Balloon operation.

In January 2008, SkyWaltz received official authorisation from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to conduct Hot Air Balloon activities across India. For a period of over two years prior to this momentous day, SkyWaltz’s Directors, in consultation with International Ballooning consultants, worked tirelessly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to establish internationally recognised regulations and guidelines for the establishment of Commercial Hot Air Ballooning in India.

The SkyWaltz Hot Air Ballooning experience and service is world class. Our team consists of highly experienced commercial pilots from UK, Europe, India and USA, along with professionally trained operational staff and technical crew. Our Balloon equipment is sourced from UK and Europe and globally recognised standards of safety and international operating systems and procedures have been implemented from the outset.

We look forward to having you onboard a SkyWaltz Balloon Safari with us soon!

Board of Directors

Mr. HARISH KUMAR GARG

Harish Kumar Garg With a business experience of more than 40 years behind him, he has been a stalwart of the construction Industry and Mr. Harish had the privilege of being recognised as a Special Class Contractor with the Ministry of Defence. He has been instrumental in building complete Defence Townships and executing high end contracts like building of National Highways and Automobile Plants.
He is now involved full time with E-Factor as Chairman and as a mentor whom provides valuable guidance and support to the entire team. He spends most of it's time motivating and guiding the senior management and nurturing the young talent.
He manages the Government liaising with The Ministry of Civil Aviation and all other Government authorities very effectively, which is a huge strength that rests with SkyWaltz today.

Mr. JAI THAKORE

Jai Thakore An entrepreneur with creative ideas, Mr. Jai has been instrumental in Ideating, Implementing & Executing many fascinating projects undertaken by the company.
With a clear vision of product differentiation and smart placements, he is a very effective brand activation specialists in the industry. Over a period of time, he has very effectively developed E-Factor’s corporate business and has successfully won the confidence of Companies like Royal Bank of Scotland, American Express, Tata Motors, Unitech etc. which are regular corporate clients of the group in the events business.
Mr. Jai has the strength of being able to adopt innovative and effective tie up strategies to facilitate progression on the sales front. In light of this strength, he has spearheaded various corporate Road Shows panning a global footprint.
Under his stewardship, SkyWaltz is busy structuring partnerships and trade agreements with leading travel operators like Kuoni, Cox & Kings, LPTI, Abercrombie & Kent etc.

Mr. SAMIT GARG

name and role Flying High has always been his dream !
Mr. Samit has been in the entertainment business for over a decade, first personally and eventually professionally. He has worked and shaped large ground events, Shows, Concerts, Corporate events and more... His stint includes working with/for stalwarts like Mr. Ravi Ruia, Mr. Subrato Roy Sahara, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. S.P.Lohia, Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, Mr. Hrithik Roshan and many more.
During his various projects, Mr. Samit had a keen interest in Hot Air Ballooning and was always keen to do an event involving the same. After a long struggle of 3 years, he, along with the team was able to finally get an International Hot Air Ballooning Fest of the ground in Feb 2006. An international event which had participation from over 12 countries. The success of this event became the base for Samit to pursue his long held dream of starting a commercial operation and that was the birth of SkyWaltz.
A planning Wizard with the clear vision, combined with honed entrepreneur skills, Mr. Samit is deeply involved with the operations of the company.

Pilots
Francisco Castillo Palomeque
Born in Madrid, Francisco learnt to fly balloons and received his commercial Balloon Pilot license when he was 23 years old.
In 2007 Francisco moved to Canada, on a four year contract to fly Hot Air Balloons on a commercial basis. Following his experience of flying over built-up cities in Canada, Francisco moved to Cappadocia, Turkey,
where up to 120 balloons and around 2,500 passengers fly everyday.
Francisco holds licenses in Spain, Canada, Turkey, India and United States. He has over 2,300 hours flying both conventional and special shaped balloons and has flown over in more than 15 countries all over the world. His favourite part of ballooning is meeting new people everyday and sharing this magical ballooning experience with them.
 
Richard Sandrasagara
Richard underwent his Pilot training in France and since then he has been flying commercially for the largest Hot Air Ballooning company in France. He is currently the Chief Pilot for the Val de Loire Region in France.
Born in Colombo, Richard was the first Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot from Sri Lanka and successfully started up Sri Lanka's largest and Premier Hot Air Ballooning Company. With over 700 flight hours logged,
Richard has a long and very promising future in the Ballooning industry. He is the eldest from a family of five and holds a Diploma in Engineering, Business Management and Marketing and is also currently pursuing his MBA.
Dhawal Kedar ( Assistant Manager Operations)
Dhawal is from Pune and prior to joining the Sky Waltz team, he was a Paragliding Instructor at one of India's most reputable Paragliding schools near Pune. An NCC 'C' certificate holder with bronze medal in All India Level
Aero modelling competition. He is first pilot fully trained in India before receiving his UK license and later his Indian Commercial Balloon license. Dhawal been flying with Sky Waltz from 2008 and has logged more than 450hrs flying a range of balloons at many locations throughout India. He has actively participated in the Taj International Balloon Festival , Pushkar International Balloon Festivals and & the Taiwan Balloon festival.
Operations
Paul Macpherson
(Chief of Operations)
+91 - 9929993115
Gagan Kapoor
(Head of Marketing)
+91 - 9717295801
Naveet Bali -
(Manager Corporate Affairs)
+91 - 9818129156
Nitesh Pareek
( Manager - Flight Operations)
Vishal Vig
( Manager - Flight Operations)
                 
 
     
Dhawal Kedar
( Assistant Manager Operations)
Rishi Kumar
( Head of Crew)
Mahesh Jat
( Assistant Operations Manager)
Avinash Shukla
( Manager - Flight Operations)
Abdur Rahim
( Quality Manager)
                 
Luit Sarmah
( Aircraft Maintenance Engineer)
 
Mahesh Sharma
( Continuing Airworthiness Manager)
           
         

Special Events

SkyWaltz
  1 Premier of Chandni Chowk to China
    Amid loud Punjabi drum beats, firecrackers going off and squeals of joy from the eager audience, Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone descended at a shopping mall from a huge Hot Air Balloon of SkyWaltz to promote their action-adventure film "Chandni Chowk To China"
   
 
  2 Hampi Festival
    Organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, this festival includes dance, drama, music, fireworks, spectacular processions et al, recreating the grandeur of a bygone era. The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, (one of the greatest empires in the history of India) comes alive during the lively festival. It is one of the most mesmerizing historical sites in South India and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
     
  3 International Hot Air Ballooning Fiesta

First ever international Hot Air Ballooning fiesta covering 3 cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Barmer in Rajasthan with participation from 19 teams coming from all over the world. This festival was done in conjunction with Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan.
  4 Ballooning with Bedi Brothers
    The first Asian duo to receive the Green Oscar for their film "The Ganges Gharial" in 1984, the Bedi Brothers have now showcased their Television series, "Wild Adventures : Ballooning with Bedi Brothers". It is a pioneering serial of thirteen half-hour episodes of action, adventure and discovery about India's Wildlife shot over 13 National Parks all over India.
  5 Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI)
    The ATOA of India is an association of Adventure Tour Operators from all over India and activities of their members include Trekking, Mountaineering, Rafting and other related water sports, Camel / Jeep / Horse Safari, Bike Tours, Sailing, Ballooning, Handgliding and other Aero Sports, Skiing, Wildlife Safari, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Tribal Tours and Heli Skiing used our Hot Air Balloon to launch their annual convention in January 2009 at Dehradun.

 

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in SkyWaltz Balloon Safaris. If you have any questions or would like some further information please drop us an e-mail via the enquiry form. Alternatively, you can give us a call on the listed numbers.

We look forward to having you onboard a SkyWaltz Balloon Safari.

     
E-Factor Adventure Tourism (P) Ltd.    

Coporate Office:
A-49, Sector-67,
Noida, Uttar Pradesh-201301, India

Operational Headquarters:
SkyWaltz Havelli, Sharma Farm House,
Suncity Project Road, Kukas
Jaipur, Rajasthan - 302028

E-mail: goballooning@skywaltz.com

Toll Free No:
1800-103-8839

Local Bookings & Enquiries:

+91 9560387222 | +91 9560397222

International Enquiries:
+91 971 729 5801 - Gagan
+91 992 999 3115 - Paul


 
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