Let’s face it – each one of us, in our childhood wanted to fly like a bird. To simply spread your wings, float on the clouds, soar like an eagle, who wouldn’t want that! Indeed this sounds like a child’s fantasy but now that you have grown up, you can actually make this dream a reality by ‘paragliding’ - an easy, thrilling & incredible experience!
In India the top paragliding locations are in
- Himachal Pradesh
These two states have the most number of sites while other places in the list are:
- Tamil Nadu
- West Bengal
You can experience paragliding in two ways, firstly learning to be paragliding pilot & secondly through tandem paragliding. One can learn the basics of paragliding in two days & three days short programs available at various aero & adventure clubs. These programs certify the individual as elementary pilot depending upon the number of hours flown. After this, you are eligible to fly without assistance like a free bird, to where your heart desires. These training sessions are extensively planned & thoroughly safe. On an average, the fees for these trainings range from Rs. 7000/- to 15,000/- depending on number of days and the skills taught.
If however, you do not wish to be a pilot & just want to go for one quick thrilling experience, tandem paragliding is your thing! A tandem ride helps you relish paragliding, without you having to learn it. Tandem paragliders are larger paragliding wings designed to carry the pilot and one passenger. The passenger sits in the front in a comfortable & safe harness and can enjoy the flight without any know how of flying. The tandem paragliding usually costs Rs. 2,500/- for a 10 minutes joyride, however, the average ranges to Rs. 7,000/- depending upon the time spent flying.
So this weekend, how about finally re-living your childhood dream? Paragliding is an absolute safe yet exhilarating experience and anyone from age 8 to 80 can do it. So this New Year, how about going beyond your own limits and just have fun.
Travel safe. Happy travelling.