The company with I had organised the hot air balloon trip offered complimentary breakfast on the boat, while crossing the Nile

The company with I had organised the hot air balloon trip offered complimentary breakfast on the boat, while crossing the Nile

It was too early to have breakfast but view of the western bank of Nile with the lights was amazing

It was too early to have breakfast but view of the western bank of Nile with the lights was amazing

After reaching the western bank, a van brought the group to the site from where balloon was going to take off later on

After reaching the western bank, a van brought the group to the site from where balloon was going to take off later on

Upon arriving at the site, the crew was already busy in their routine preparations for the flight

Upon arriving at the site, the crew was already busy in their routine preparations for the flight

There were few other companies which were organizing trips on that morning and they had brought their clients to the take off site as well

There were few other companies which were organizing trips on that morning and they had brought their clients to the take off site as well

These guys were next to the ballon which I was to take later on, these folks had started work earlier

These guys were next to the ballon which I was to take later on, these folks had started work earlier

Hot air is being pumped into the balloon and it has started to rise from the ground

Hot air is being pumped into the balloon and it has started to rise from the ground

A rope was attached to a truck to hold the balloon in it's place

A rope was attached to a truck to hold the balloon in it's place

This yellow balloon with green stripes was the one which I was going to take

This yellow balloon with green stripes was the one which I was going to take

Propane gas was used to heat up the air and in return hot air would give lift to the balloon

Propane gas was used to heat up the air and in return hot air would give lift to the balloon

A cameraman was also going to accompany the tourists to record this memorable flight

A cameraman was also going to accompany the tourists to record this memorable flight

Two balloons which were to my left were almost ready for the take off

Two balloons which were to my left were almost ready for the take off

Off they go - I was told by the captain that balloons can only take off in the morning before the aeroplane resume their flights (safety measurement)

Off they go - I was told by the captain that balloons can only take off in the morning before the aeroplane resume their flights (safety measurement)

Balloons fly over the ancient ruins on the western bank of the Nile - this area is filled with the monuments and yet still few to be discovered

Balloons fly over the ancient ruins on the western bank of the Nile - this area is filled with the monuments and yet still few to be discovered

Now, I am inside the basket of the balloon - before we could enter the basket we were briefed by the captain about the safety and the landing process

Now, I am inside the basket of the balloon - before we could enter the basket we were briefed by the captain about the safety and the landing process

There were few houses and alabaster shops dotted on the ridge

There were few houses and alabaster shops dotted on the ridge

An abandoned building or a historical site? probably former is true

An abandoned building or a historical site? probably former is true

There were still two balloons on the ground and they were almost ready for take off

There were still two balloons on the ground and they were almost ready for take off

A lone jeep traveling on a very quiet road - it's early in the morning and lights are still on the streets

A lone jeep traveling on a very quiet road - it's early in the morning and lights are still on the streets

It appears that this balloon was going to land on top of the mountain but it wasn't the case

It appears that this balloon was going to land on top of the mountain but it wasn't the case

From time to time, the captain would lower the balloon for close viewing and after few minutes it would start to rise again

From time to time, the captain would lower the balloon for close viewing and after few minutes it would start to rise again

These buildings perched on the hill side are the alabaster workshops - the stones are brought from the nearest mountains and the craftsmen would work on them

These buildings perched on the hill side are the alabaster workshops - the stones are brought from the nearest mountains and the craftsmen would work on them

This is another alabaster shop - probbaly retails shop (most cater for the tourists) is to the right

This is another alabaster shop - probbaly retails shop (most cater for the tourists) is to the right

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is seen here - in the foreground is the area where tourist would take small white cars to visit the site for a small fee (there is no other way around)

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is seen here - in the foreground is the area where tourist would take small white cars to visit the site for a small fee (there is no other way around)

Another view of the Temple of Hatshepsut - there are four tamples located on the western side of the Nile and two to the east

Another view of the Temple of Hatshepsut - there are four tamples located on the western side of the Nile and two to the east

A hot air balloon in air with the mountains in the background

A hot air balloon in air with the mountains in the background

The balloon I was in has now started to rise higher and it offers the panoramic view of the area

The balloon I was in has now started to rise higher and it offers the panoramic view of the area

A panoramic view of the western bank of the Nile with the ancient ruins are spread on the gentle slopes of the mountains

A panoramic view of the western bank of the Nile with the ancient ruins are spread on the gentle slopes of the mountains

When balloon goes up higher it offers unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples

When balloon goes up higher it offers unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples

The crop fields on the western banks are irrigated by the Nile - in the background this mighty river can be seen

The crop fields on the western banks are irrigated by the Nile - in the background this mighty river can be seen

An aerial view of Ramesseum - ths temple was built by Ramesses II in the 13th century BC

An aerial view of Ramesseum - ths temple was built by Ramesses II in the 13th century BC

A village dotted along the main road - opposite side of the road seems to be off limits for construction

A village dotted along the main road - opposite side of the road seems to be off limits for construction

Fertile and green fields on the western bank of the Nile

Fertile and green fields on the western bank of the Nile

A balloon flies over a village which lies between the western bank and the Valley of the Queens

A balloon flies over a village which lies between the western bank and the Valley of the Queens

Here in the middle, Cairo to Aswan road can be seen - this road snakes around the Nile

Here in the middle, Cairo to Aswan road can be seen - this road snakes around the Nile

The balloon, I was in is being lowered to the ground and the red balloon looks much higher above the mountains

The balloon, I was in is being lowered to the ground and the red balloon looks much higher above the mountains

The village sits quietly between green fields and the brown hills

The village sits quietly between green fields and the brown hills

Green fields on the western bank stretching all the way to the River Nile - Luxor city lies on the eastern bank

Green fields on the western bank stretching all the way to the River Nile - Luxor city lies on the eastern bank

A bending Nile is followed by the Cairo to Aswan road - here captain was pointing to the Karnak Temple on the eastern side but I couldn't see it

A bending Nile is followed by the Cairo to Aswan road - here captain was pointing to the Karnak Temple on the eastern side but I couldn't see it

Green fields of sugarcane which is a very common crop in the fertile parts of Egypt

Green fields of sugarcane which is a very common crop in the fertile parts of Egypt

To the left (lower part), the Ramesseum can be seen - this memorial temple was part of the ancient Thebes in Egypt

To the left (lower part), the Ramesseum can be seen - this memorial temple was part of the ancient Thebes in Egypt

A closer view of the Ramesseum - though, I didn't visit this temple but that was the closest I could get to this structure

A closer view of the Ramesseum - though, I didn't visit this temple but that was the closest I could get to this structure

Green fields are most eye-catching on the brown surroundings of Luxor

Green fields are most eye-catching on the brown surroundings of Luxor

Myself on the morning of the balloon trip - this photo was taken on the eastern bank of the Nile

Myself on the morning of the balloon trip - this photo was taken on the eastern bank of the Nile