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Para Gliding

Paragliding

 

Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

Despite not using an engine, paragliders flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of 1–2 hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skillful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.

Paragliders are unique among soaring aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot's back, in a car, or on public transport. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable takeoff spot, the selection of a landing place and return travel.

Locations

Billing – Himachal Pradesh

One of the best sites of India, Billing is placed in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. A pretty small settlement, Billing serves as the landing field. Billing is the famous hayfield from where you set off. Set at an elevation of 2600 m, Bir is also well known for its regular thermals and ridge lifts techniques. Bir is situated 70 km from Mandi. From March to early June is an ideal time for paragliding. Soar with cool winds that await you in Billing.

 

Manali - Himachal Pradesh

Paragliding in Manali gives you exalting experience of sighting the milieu with the pilot. On the first phase, you will find Solang valley, which slopes are perfectly made for paragliding. You can soar high in Kullu valley. Enjoy the gallant sights of Manali from height. Experience surreal and peaceful atmosphere of Manali. The bird’s eye view of the exquisite landscape below imparts the gilder an exalting feel. 

 

Bedni Bugyal - Uttaranchal

Pay a visit Bedni Bugyal, dare to fly high and feel the skies! Get involved in the activity of paragliding. Bedni Bugyal is a renowned site located in Uttaranchal. You can take a help of skilled gliders. Bedni Bugyal is an excellent destination which offers splendid sights of Kumaon region. In the region of Kumaon the Joy rides as well as training courses are available for Paragliding.

 

Nandi Hills - Karnataka

One of the most visited sites, Nandi Hills is set in Kolar District, about 68 km from Bangalore. It is the famous center of many of the aero sports such as parasailing and micro light flying. Here you can experience the thrills of paragliding. Bangalore’s Hebbal Lake can be reached by a beautiful landing strip.

 

Pawana - Maharashtra

Pawana is situated on the highway at Kamshet, where you can find Pavana dam. For paragliding it is the best place, you can take off on this site. The site overlooks the river Indrayani and township of Kamshet. Pawana is known as the coolest site with takeoff facing the massive Pavana Lake. You can view the pristine lake while gliding. Pawana provides vivid opportunity for primary and advance gliding skills and experienced pilots soar.

 

Vagamon - Kerala

Vagamon is an emerging international paragliding destination in south India. This is situated at the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts at an altitude of 1,100 m above sea level. This picturesque hill is noted for its rolling hills, grass lands and sprawling tea plantations and with a cool climate round the year.

 

Garhwal – Uttaranchal

Garhwal Himalayan ranges in Uttaranchal are considered ideal for both professionals as well as beginners. For Paragliding training courses are available in Garhwal. Most famous Paragliding sites of the regions are Naukutchiyatal, Dayara Bugyal, Dhanolti Ridge and Bedni Bugyal in Kumaon.

Garhwal makes Para gliders paradise, with the Great Himalayas in North and the plains of Terai region in the south. The unique topography makes Garhwal an excellent destination for both experienced and beginner Para gliders. Joy rides as well as training courses are also available for Paragliding in Garhwal. While joy rides are usually tandem flights, accompanied by a trained flier, training are for those who are new to paragliding and Para sailing.

 

Jaipur - Rajasthan

Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’, is an ideal destination for those who want a bite of adventure mingled with a thrill of the unknown. The conditions in Jaipur are ideal for Paragliding. Paragliding can be easily arranged here for those who want to spend their holidays rejuvenating by seeking a thrilling adventure.

The ideal time for Paragliding in Jaipur is definitely the winters. At this time, the weather is cool and refreshing in Jaipur and enhances the experience of Paragliding. The summers can be quite harsh so it is advisable not to visit in the summer months. Even the monsoon season should be avoided.

There are several spots in Jaipur that are suitable for Paragliding. In addition to this, even cities like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Kota are ideally suited for Paragliding.

 

Matheran – Maharashtra

Matheran is a beautiful tourist destination located at a height of about 2516 ft. above sea level in State of Maharashtra, India. Paragliding in Matheran is one of the activities undertaken at Matheran. While Paragliding in Matheran one can see serene landscapes from the cliffs.

Matheran Paragliding Season starts from September and lasts up to June. Matheran enjoys a cool and pleasant, less humid climate throughout the year. The temperature during the Matheran Paragliding Season hovers around 16 degrees.

While Paragliding in Matheran one can see various places like Panorama Point, Louisa Point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, Shivaji's  Ladder, One Tree Hill Point, Prabal Fort, Rambagh Point, Porcupine Point, Hart Point, Pisharnath Temple etc.

 

Arambol – Goa

The Para gliding in Goa consists entirely of dynamic cliff soaring on the sea-breeze.  All the sites currently flown are in the northern part of the state.  The cliffs are only about 60m high and nowhere is there a run of more than 2-3km.  Unlike the mountains in the north, it is not worth going on a trip to India purely to fly in Goa, although for anyone holidaying in Goa, it is an added bonus that you can also fly there.

The sites being regularly flown work throughout the holiday season from October to April, with peak Para gliding in January/February. In addition to this, even places like South Anjuna, Vagator, North Anjuna and Chapora Fort are ideally suited for Paragliding.

 

Ooty & Kodaikanal – Tamilnadu

Ooty and Kodaikanal are the best destinations in Tamil Nadu where you can enjoy the activity of Para gliding to the most. The government has opened an institution to train the tourist who is interested in learning the how to Para glide. So if you are in Tamil Nadu don't miss the golden opportunity to master this art of flying. Para gliding is easier, lighter and safer than many other aero sports. If you are not interested in learning how to fly, no problems, you can sit alongside an professional pilot and experience the thrilling feeling. As the pilot is flying the glide, all you got to do is lay back and feel the intoxicating wind brush past your face.

 

Yelagiri – Tamilnadu

Yelagiri Hills easily the top flying destination in South India where thermals are friendly and cloud base is easy to reach (an XC haven). Oodles of height to practice acro in the ridge soaring conditions and loads of airtime to clock. Way to go… Bangalore or Chennai are just a 3 hour driveway.

Flying site - Take-off height is at approx. 2000 ft. AGL. West take - off, huge clearing, nice gradual slope, easy take - off & large expanse of landing area.


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