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Helicopter Pilgrimages

GVHL operate several helicopters dedicated to Religious Tourism, servicing a range of significant sites, primarily in Northern India. GVHL were the first company to introduce the AS350B3 helicopter to these operations and once again, in mid 2015, GVHL became the first company to introduce the all new Airbus H130T2 helicopter, providing our guests with the ultimate experience in safety and comfort. With our second H130T2 having recently entered service in June 2016, the pilgrims for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra shall enjoy an unmatched and truly elite flying experience.

Some of the popular pilgrim sites of GVHL helicopter operations include:

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra

Vaishno Devi is one of the most sacred and popular pilgrim destinations in the country. Global Vectra operates two helicopters all year around, facilitating movement of pilgrims from Katra to Sanjichat. Over the last five years we have ferried over a million passengers on this sector.

Shri Amarnathji Yatra

The famous, but often treacherous trek to the Amarnathji Shrine, located at 13,000 feet, is now made far easier and infinitely quicker by use of helicopters from GVHL. We operate three helicopters during the Yatra, which is generally held for about 6 to 7 weeks starting at the end June or early July each year. Our operations take place from Sonamarg / Pahalgam to Panchtarni and pilgrims can visit the Shrine and be back in just one day.

Kedarnath Yatra

Kedarnath is one of the most famous ‘jyotirlings’ in India. Helicopter flying is undertaken from the helipad located at Sitapur, which is adjacent to Sonprayag (the road head for Kedarnath). Services are available from Akshay Tritiya till Bhai Dooj with a break in flying during the monsoon.

Machail Yatra

A lesser known pilgrim destination in the Kishtwar district of J&K is the Machail Mata. GVHL operates helicopters from Gulabgarh to Machail and now makes it possible to complete the three day Yatra in one day. The Yatra takes place in the months of July / August each year.

Mani Mahesh Yatra

In the scenic abode of the Gods in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, is the picturesque pilgrim destination of Mani Mahesh. Helicopters operate from Bharmour to Gaurikund during the month of August every year.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib is the highest Sikh place of worship and is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 15,000 feet.  Helicopter operations take place from Govindghat to Govinddham, making it possible to complete this three day trek in one day. Operations take place from end of May to end of September / early October each year.

 

In addition to the Religious Tourism sector, GVHL provide a variety of aircraft and location options for tailored tourism activities and we welcome any enquiry at: globalhelicorp@gvhl.net