Meet the Kargil veteran who has taken Sonia Gandhi and Manushi Chhillar to the sky

India’s topography is as diverse as its culture, and both have attracted millions of tourists from inside and outside the country. In the north of India, however, accessibility is way lesser than needed. Even states with Himalayan mountains have little helicopter service available, despite their roads being unmotorable for six months in a year because of snow or rain or landslide.

This was known to Capt. Puneet Bakshi(46), a retired Indian Air force pilot (WgCdr) and veteran of Kargil War 1999. When he decided to start a second career after voluntarily quitting the IAF in 2009, this problem provided him with the perfect opportunity. His entrepreneurial venture introduced heli-tourism in a unique model to India, when – after four years of hard work – he launched GoChoppers in 2016.

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