Fly Like A Bird: 9 Gorgeous Places In India For An Exhilarating Paragliding Experience If there is one thing that has been the core of human fancy since ages, it surely is flying. After tasting the heights in the aircrafts developed by Wright brothers, many …
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Fly Like A Bird: 9 Gorgeous Places In India For An Exhilarating Paragliding Experience
If there is one thing that has been the core of human fancy since ages, it surely is flying. After tasting the heights in the aircrafts developed by Wright brothers, many wished to take it to the next level and feel something closer to a bird’s flight! That’s when some crazy dreamer invented paragliding – a thrilling adventure sport that allows you to soar high, with the vast expanse of nature underneath.
For years, paragliding in India had not been a popular choice but the recent years have seen a tremendous increase in the number of paragliding sites in India. So, if you are looking to conquer the skies, here is a list of paragliding places in India to challenge the adventure junkie in you.
1. Bir Billing
Bir Billing is a small village in Himachal Pradesh, famed for hosting the first ever world cup for paragliding. Himachal, actually, is ‘the’ home to paragliding in India. With a total of 11 best paragliding spots, this hilly state offers multiple options. Other places famous for paragliding in Himachal are Devidhar, Parvati Valley, Rohtang, and Bakhli.
Fly with: Skywalk Flying Club, Fly Ocatne
Cost: INR 2,500 onwards
The other famous destination for paragliding in Himachal is Manali. Except for the monsoons season, you can try paragliding here anytime. Solang Valley and Marhi are two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Manali. Among the reasons which make Manali one of the most preferred paragliding places in India is the availability of the sport through the year except monsoon.
Fly with: Himalayan Raiders , Ski HImalayas, Tigereye Adventures
Cost: Short flights at INR 600; Long flights start from INR 1,600
Another well thronged destination in India, Mussoorie also hosts paragliding like every other hill station. From the take off point near Mussoorie Lake, one can fly till Dehradun on a long flight up to the height of 2300 metres above sea level.
Fly with: Paragliding Mussorie
Cost: From INR 2,000; normally long flights and expeditions take off from Mussoorie.
For those looking for paragliding in Pune and Mumbai, Kamshet is a paraglider’s paradise. A leap from the Tower hills and the bird’s eye view of box shaped houses in the villages of Kamshet is a delight for lifetime.
Fly with:Adventure Nation, Fly Nirvana
Cost: From INR 2,500 INR
Besides streets full of gaming cafes, Silicon Valley has lately gained up on this adventure sport. Hoskote Lake, 20 km away from the main city, houses some operators who offer training for paragliding in Bangalore. At 65 km from the town, Nandi hills is another hub of paragliding which is at a height of 1478 m above sea level. The adventurers can also go for para-jumping and hang-gliding.
Fly with: Fly Nandi
Cost: From INR 1,500
So here is a complete package. The city famed for its lakes – Nainital – offers paragliding for the heights of up to 2000 meters. Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal are two locations where one can go for paragliding in Nainital.With the beautiful lakes underneath the flier, This hill station comes across as one of the best destinations for paragliding in India.
Fly with: Sky Bird Adventures, Camp Lagoon
Cost: INR 1,600 onwards
If you are looking for paragliding in Chennai, Yelagiri is the place to head to. At a driving distance of 3 hours from the city, Yelagiri offers paragliding from a height of 2200 meters and has a vast clearing of natural expanse. Marina Beach also offers parasailing every day in the evening.
Fly with: Temple Pilots
Cost: From INR 1,200
Rafting and Rishikesh have become synonymous in recent years. Young adventure seekers throng to this holy hill station for its famous white water rafting. However, for those who are looking for paragliding in Rishikesh, Ranikhet at a distance of 120 kms is a perfect option. Various operators offer a range of parasailing and paragliding activities, here.
Fly with: The Top Camp, Thrillomania
Cost: From INR 3,200
Panchgani, a town near the famous pilgrimage of Mahabaleshwar,is commonly frequented by honeymooners. Paragliding from the Horizon point gives you a bird’s eye view of the temple town as well as the serene scenes of the quaint hills.
Fly with: Joy Riding, Panchagani
Cost: INR 2,000 onwards
Top 11 Paragliding Destinations in India
Want to fly like a free bird and soar high up in the sky? Then paragliding is what you must experience. This adventure sports is slowly becoming very common in India though its origin can be traced back to 1940s. If you want to experience the same in India, then you are at the right place. Here we have enlisted the best paragliding destinations in India.
This sport was introduced in India in 1991-92, when some foreign visiting pilots decided to explore flying possibilities in the Kullu Valley. The sport with its self-advertising nature soon charmed the Valley adventure lovers, who had till then been involved in skiing, trekking and rock climbing.
1. Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh
Located in the Kangra Valley, Billing is one place that you definitely should visit for the best paragliding in India. The journey lasts for about 30 minutes and the timings are from March and until June. Bir has an altitude of 2600m and is yet another place that you can visit if you are coming to Dharamsala or Manali.
2. Sikkim, India
Sikkim is a small state located in northeast India and a famous tourist attraction. Experience tandem flights here with Fly Sikkim. Sikkim is slowly emerging as a paragliding destination in India and it is visited by adventure seekers from all across the world. It is the home to excellent launching ridges and sites and a place you surely must visit if you want to have the best paragliding experience in the country.
3. Kunjapuri in Uttarakhand
This is yet another place that you can visit for experiencing India paragliding. The beautiful sunrise and sunset views are things you surely cannot miss here. Located amongst the Shiwaliks, you get the amazing views of Gangotri, Banderpunch and many other peaks as you rise up in the sky.
4. Pavana in Maharashtra
Located in Maharashtra, this is probably the only paragliding spot in western India. The view that you see from the top is breathtakingly beautiful comprising of the Pavana Lake, age-old forts and many more interesting places.
5. Nandi Hills in Bangalore
Nandi Hills is one of the prime locations for Paragliding in India. It is situated 68 kms from Bangalore, plus paragliding is one of the many aero sports that you can take part in at Nandi hills. While paragliding here, you can reach Bangalore’s Hebbal lake by a lovely landing strip.
6. Bedni Bugyal in Uttarakhand
Bedni Bugyal is a Himalayan Alpine meadow, situated at an elevation of 3,354 metres in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This place offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains and is therefore perfect for the high flyers. You can also visit nearby Bedni Kund or lake which is famous for its rare Brahma Kamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand.
7. Yelagiri in Tamilnadu
Yelagiri is a hill station, located in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. For paragliding enthusiasts, there is a Yelagiri paragliding club which provides professional equipment and instructors. The club also hosts an international paragliding festival in September. Presently, three take-off and landing points at heights of 450, 560 and 600 metres above ground level have been identified in Yelagiri.
8. Shillong in Meghalaya
Known as “Scotland of the East,” Shillong is the capital and Hill station of Meghalaya. State of the art hydraulic payout winch system mounted on a boat towing Paragliders up to 700 meters. Here the organization guide pilots under radio supervision through a progressive set of maneuvers.
9. Arambol Beach in Goa
Paragliding at Arambol Beach is truly a breathtaking experience which guarantees you an adrenaline rush. Paragliding as an adventure sport involves a great rush, as you can have a bird’s eye view of your scenic surroundings just sailing in the air without any support from external factors. Goa is amongst India’s favourite spots for professional gliders all over the world. If you aren’t a trained glider, don’t worry, you can still glide in the company of a professional!
10. Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan
The Aravali hills of Rajasthan is an picturesque and most adventure sports ground for Paragliding. Rajasthan has so many paragliding strips and runways. With the permission from civil aviation department, you can fly in the city like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota.
11. Satpuras Range in Gujarat
Pavagadh Hill is situated within a plain in Panchmahal district, Gujarat, western India. The hill is a southern Aravalli Range outlier, rising 800 metres (2,600 ft) above the surrounding plains. At its base is the historical city of Champaner, while the hill station of Pavagadh was built upon the volcanic cone itself. With Champaner, Pavagadh hill forms the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which is spread over an area of more than 1,329 hectares (3,280 acres). The site is 50 Km east of Baroda and 68 Km south of Godhra.
If you are coming to Sikkim, we at Fly Sikkim would make all the arrangements for ensuring the best paragliding in India experience.
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