Helicopters have a charm of their own. Its experience is different from flying in an aeroplane. More than the airplane, the helicopter gives us a closer feel of flying in the sky. It is more adventurous, more exciting. Plus a helicopter can go where planes cannot.

However, helicopter rides are not easily available to the public like aeroplane flights are. Choppers are majorly owned by the army and by a few private firms that usually run security services. Rarely used by the common people, helicopter rides are only extended to bureaucrats and ministers for a particular purpose.

But, here is the good news.

Our dream to fly in a chopper comes true. The West Bengal Tourism Helicopter booking is here for all!

Anyone can book this ride. You can take a tour around the city or fly from Kolkata to other towns like Digha, Malda, Balurghat and Gangasagar.

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Helicopter Ride from Kolkata – Cost and timing

You can avail a helicopter ride from the Behala Flying Club. Every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday its VT AZY helicopter flies passengers to Digha, Malda, Gangasagar and Balurghat.

West Bengal Tourism Helicopter Booking Kolkata ride
Helicopter at the Behala Flying Flying Club

The white VT AZY chopper with coloured bands is from the Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd (GVHL), India’s largest private helicopter operator. It is the same helicopter that is used by the Chief Ministers often to tour various towns of the state.

There are scheduled timings for the rides. However you need to book these rides beforehand. There is quite some demand for these rides. For example, the helicopter has seven seats and it makes one trip on Saturday to Digha and return. During the tourist season, seats get booked weeks ago.

Here is the schedule and cost given for the helicopter rides. Please note that price and schedule are subject to change and it needs to be confirmed with the concerned tour provider.

Kolkata (Behala) to Gangasagar

Fly Day – Sunday
Departure Time – 09:30 AM
Arrival Time – 10:30 AM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2280 (2000 + 18%)

Gangasagar to Kolkata (Behala)

Fly Day – Sunday
Departure Time – 12:30 PM
Arrival Time – 13:00 PM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2280 (2000 + 18%)

Kolkata (Behala) to Digha

Fly Day – Saturday
Departure Time – 10:30 AM
Arrival Time – 11:15 AM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2280 (2000 + 18%)

West Bengal Tourism Helicopter Booking Kolkata ride Digha
Breathtaking Digha helipad near the Bay of Bengal shoreline

Digha to Kolkata (Behala)

Fly Day – Saturday
Departure Time – 13:30 PM
Arrival Time – 14:45 PM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2280 (2000 + 18%)

Kolkata (Behala) to Malda

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 09:30 AM
Arrival Time – 11:00 AM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2850 (2500 + 14%)

Malda to Kolkata (Behala)

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 14:00 PM
Arrival Time – 15:30 PM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 2850 (2500 + 14%)
Kolkata (Behala) to Balurghat

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 09:30 AM
Arrival Time – 11:30 AM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 3420 (3000 + 14%)
Balurghat to Kolkata (Behala)

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 01:30 PM
Arrival Time – 15:30 PM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 3420 (3000 + 14%)

Malda to Balurghat

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 11:15 AM
Arrival Time – 11:30 AM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 1140 (1000 + 14%)

Balurghat to Malda

Fly Day – Wednesday
Departure Time – 13:30 PM
Arrival Time – 13:45 PM
Total Payable Amount (Base Price + Service & Online Charge) = Rs. 1140 (1000 + 14%)

There are also booking options for round way trips. If you want something more, you can also go for a package. This will include the helicopter ride, hotel stay, food and local tours. People who visit Gangasagar as tourists often go for these packages.

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How to make West Bengal Tourism Helicopter Booking

If you are interested in West Bengal Tourism Helicopter Booking, you can contact Dreamsafar which is presently running its bookings. You can also inquire at westbengaltourism.gov.in or at their office at BBD Bagh.

To book your helicopter ride, go to dreamsafar.in/helicopter or send an email at dreamsafar2007@gmail.com with your dates and passenger details. You can also call them at 9650747276 or 7550910009.

How to book –
After you contact them through email or phone, the seat availability is checked for that date. You can pay the amount online and an e-ticket will be sent to you. You can know about the booking process in dreamsafar.in/helicopter or www.facebook.com/westbengalhelicopterservice

Things to note –

  • You have to book at least 24 hours before flight day.
  • Tickets for children under 4 years avail discounts and benefits. They will sit with their parents, no extra seat is allotted to them.
  • These costs are for Indian citizens only.
  • Each passenger is allowed to carry only one hand bag, and the maximum weight of the bag should be 6 kilograms. The handbag should be within 10” x 6” x 10”.
  • Each passenger should carry original government issued ID cards.
  • No concession for senior citizens.

Here are two videos by passengers who took an air ride from Kolkata’s Behala Flying Club to Digha.

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Kolkata To Puri Helicopter Rides And More

The West Bengal Tourism Helicopter Booking has been a successful venture since its inception in 2014. Travellers and adventure seekers are truly enjoying the helicopter experience.

There are talks to increase the number of rides to Digha which gets many booking queries in weekends especially during the festive and travel season. There have also been requests to launch chopper rides to more cities like Puri and Bagdogra.

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