“With not very high cost, One can travel from Mumbai to few famous tourist destinations in Maharashtra via Seaplanes, a private Airplane that can land in water. Yes, Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR) who is already operating and giving Seaplane services around India and specialized into aircraft’s with land and water bodies flying capacities (Amphibian aircraft) has started their services from Mumbai Juhu Airport to destinations like Aamby valley, Pawna, Gangapur, Mula & Dhoom Dam along with local flying at Girgaum Chowpatty. I already have detailed about private helicopter services, Rental Planes Aircraft’s affordable to elite class only, But this Seaplane service is fun, adventure and time saving to reach destinations, giving boost to Mumbai tourism industry too..”
Note : Destinations & Ticket cost may change from time to time. Contact MEHAIR office for updates.
Lonavala Pawna Dam
Seaplane services to Lonavala started first as it is the most visited monsoon tourist destination. It is a beautiful idea and a great start on 25th August 2014 rainy days as private vehicle was till date the only convenient option to enjoy a one day picnic at hills of lonavala faster, else reaching via trains and then hiring a private cab from their OR via your own vehicle was the only option till date which takes about 2 to 3 hours one way journey from Mumbai, now been covered within 25 minutes via this aircraft. Mumbai citizen can enjoy this fun air ride Juhu Aerodrome and Land directly on Pawna Dam in Lonavala with higher excitement.
Pawna Dam located about 100 to 110 km from Mumbai is a very beautiful landing experience and great Monsoon destination for one day picnic. Multi attraction destination like Forts, Waterfalls, Bhusi Dam which are scenic and foggy all around. For adventure lovers, Della Adventure is one more option here.
Aamby Valley Varasgaon Dam
Phase 1 of this services has Lavassa and Aamby Valley on list of seaplane transit system. Varasgaon Dam has been selected as water landing point. Lush greenery, multiple Water falls and silent lonely roads, Lavasa is about 35 km from this dam. Enjoy this private destination of Aamby valley city and spend a day or more in leisure before you take a return seaplane journey back to Mumbai or via alternative route of your choice.
Seaplane to Shirdi Mula Dam (Nashik)
Take seaplane services to Mula Dam in 35 minutes, located at Nashik (to reach Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur and Meherabad). Approximate ticket fare costing for same is Rs.6000. From Mula Dam, Shani Shingnapur and Meherabad are nearer compared to Shirdi, So another 35 km to reach the desired destinations. Pre-booking of that road services can be done along with Seaplane service.
Chakan, Talegaon, MIDC Bhama Askhed Dam
While Chakan seaplane ride will attract more of businessman who can take advantage and save lots of travel time, as Chakan is basically a Industrial Hub & SEZ location. Major auto mobile industries have their plant here which is about 150 to 160 km from Mumbai city. Definitely a boost for Auto mobile and other small big industries in this region.
Talegaon on the other side is about 120 to 130 km from Mumbai, falling under Pune city area in Mawal taluka. A historic tourist destination with lots of temples and attractions like Sai Baba Kripa Temple and Chavadi at Shirgaon, Shiva temple, Bhawani mata temple, Sant tukaram temple, Khandoba temple, Bhairavnath mandir, Ganapati Temple, Dharmanath, Kadjai Temple, Celebrity Wax Museum, Tulja Bhavani Temple, Balaji and Swami Samarth, Baneshwar and Shankar Temple. An famous attraction being Balekilla Jhalak hills. Land in the water body of Askhed Dam located in Khed area of Pune and enjoy all this locations.
Nashik Gangapur Dam
Decide on Seaplane to Nasik and the landing will be done on Gangapur dam. People says the dam a very beautiful gift of nature and is one of the very longest earthern dam in Asia. It has Mountains, Greenery, and a Garden around. It also has beautiful orchards with varieties of vegetables grown. Dam water is pure and chilled with water bodies around. The dam location is isolated and is good for daytime only. The sunset is beautiful from here.
Although a seaplane ride is worth to this dam which is about 10 km from Nashik city and this dam itself has many things to see, Nashik city has some beautiful attractions like Someshwar much near to Gangapur dam at at about 7 to 8 km from Nashik city. Someshwar is scenic and an ideal film shoot location with a waterfall called ‘Dudhsagar’ which is 8 to 12 meter long. More attractions in area are Sula Vineyards, Deolali, Pandavleni Caves, Tapovan, Panchavati and Trimbakeshwar which is about 25 km from city.
Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Wai Dhoom Dam
Seaplane from Mumbai will land at Dhoom Dam, about 9 km from Wai. Dhoom is a beautiful dam for Monsoon days. The Aerial view of this Dam is very beautiful from Kate point in Mahabaleshwar. It also has a water boat ride by Sahyadri boat club which cost about Rs.400 for about 5 to 6 people seating. Overall when you drive down from Panchgani towards Dhoom Dam the journey is very scenic.
And as we know, Mahabaleshwar Panchgani itself are beautiful hill stations for overnight stays. Explore the hills and have fun.
Juhu to Girgaum Chowpatty via Seaplane
The aircraft ‘Cessna 208A’ takes just 7 minutes from Juhu Aerodrome to Reach ‘Girgaum Chowpatty‘ in south Mumbai.
This is a within city ride to enjoy the aerial view and have some snacks along this short drive.
Soon to Nariman Point
A great boost to tours and travel industry of Mumbai, But for initial few months local citizens will sure rush and advance book this adventurous air ride which is really cheap because according to the seaplane company they may merely charging Rs.750 (Approximate United Stated $13) for a air journey starting from Juhu Airport till Nariman Point. That’s a wonderful news for citizens as any cool cab will take equal charges and may take anywhere above 1 hour to reach nariman point by road, where as its will just take 5 to 7 minutes for a seaplane ride.
As detailed above, Maritime has already planned public service at cheapest rate possible for such a great time saving travel option and of course a great adventure joy ride too for those ready to spend Rs.750 per person to enjoy the aircraft ‘Cessna 208A’. This great air ride travel option gives a group / family of 9 people a fun ride together at mere cost of Rs.6000/- which is just WOW. With a great aerial view right from Juhu airport till Nariman Point, One can see breathtaking view of Bandra Worli Sea Link from Top, South Mumbai Skylines and that huge Shiny Arabian sea blue water, and is till date the best and cheapest option.
With such things planned in Mumbai, what i feel such services may soon get started for other locations and water landing locations of far north suburban locations like Virar, as it is well connected to the same coastal with wide beaches. For example, Seaplanes can easily travel from Juhu airport to Borivali Gorai or may be a service directly till Esselworld and Water Kingdom theme park, Or till Arnala beach in Virar which have many other tourist attractions in Virar. How about seaplane to Daman beaches. Hope and best of luck to this seaplane service of Mumbai and cheers to citizen for enjoying this cool plane rides.
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Currently 2 types of amphibian aircraft are deployed for this services. First one being a four seater 2 adults + 2 children (Cessna 206) white colour aircraft with red straps and other one a 9 seater white colour beautiful aircraft with blue and yellow straps around which can carry a family or group of friends, all adults. Its a specially designed aircraft, safe and secure covering and following all the safety norms that are applied to big commercial flights.
Speciality of these seaplane aircraft is that it can take off and land on both Water and Land. For example, to reach a destination like lonavala, this plane will take off from Juhu Airport and will land in Pawana Dam within 30 to 35 minutes. More such aircraft are been planned and will be used in coming time. Taking safety norms into consideration, just like the big aircraft, Only experienced pilots with good track records will be flying passengers to and from Mumbai. When it comes to safety, company has taken all the ISO and OHSAS certificated and also been awarded as Entrepreneur of the year in start-up category for 2013.
Both Amphibian aircraft’s are ready for Phase 1 launch. 10 feet Deep water is what this ‘Daily Charters’ required to land and stand steady. Also a water runway / space of 1 km is required for take off. The height at which those aircraft will fly will be 700 to 3500 feet.
Costing : Althought fares may change from time to time, Amount spent per person for this seaplane experience will be approximate Rs.2999 for Lonavala. We will update on other destinations rates soon as it starts. Also for locations like Nashik the rates will change and may go up to Rs.6000. Below is the sample costing as shown exact on their website step by step. But with time this may change, It is better to contact them for exact costings and Reservations.
Step 1. Search Flights and it gives options for Start and End Journey Locations, Total Adults + Total Children + Total Infants, and Departure Date. Adults age limit is 12 years and above, Children age limits are 2 to 11 years old and below that are Infants.
Step 2. In step 1 i entered 3 Adults + 2 Children and it takes you to Flight Availability Details. As seen as of now they fly 2 rounds of Aircraft take off with timings as 10:30 AM and 15:30 PM, Journey time shows as 25 minutes for Lonavala and Total Fare costing Rs.11,996 ( 3 Adults Rs.8007 + 2 Children Rs.2669 ). No extra surcharges or Services taxes as applied and inclusive inside package. Select anyone of 2 flights available.
Step 3. Review the Trip you selected. Important note here is the baggage and belongings allowed to carry. Only single handbag with maximum weight of 5 kg is allowed Per Person. Also the size of the bag should not exceed 17 x 17 into 4 inches.
Step 4. Proceed to Online payment.
Step 5. Confirmation of your Seaplane booking with flights and other details.
Cancellation & Refund Details : Seaplane service if booked can be cancelled on terms as detailed on their website. Here is just a brief overview to get and idea.
- Cancel before 7 Days of Flight Date and Only 25% will be charges as cancellation charges.
- Cancel from 7th to 3rd day prior and 50% will be charges for cancellation of service.
- If you plan to cancel the trip at last moment to 72 hours before flight time, 75% of base fare will be charged as cancellation fees.
- Cancellation due to low number of passengers in flight (Only 30% fill ration) is possible and passengers will be informed with options for 100% refund or change of flights / dates etc. Passengers need to reply back.
Contacts and Address
MEHAIR (Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd),
1st Floor, Sanghvi Udyan,
V L Mehta Marg, JVPD, Mumbai – 400049
Contact : +91-22-26172929 / +91-22-26166646