India is a land of infinite possibilities. And by infinite, I literally mean infinite! There are some ways in which you can fly like a bird,
like soaring away in a hot air balloon or parasailing, in which you are tied at the rear end of a boat using a rope or something, and then there is the ultimate feeling-like-a-bird sport, which is paragliding. Paragliding may well be referred to as the ultimate bird-like feeling. As a basic overview, the pilot is supposed to sit in a harness which is suspended from a wing-like structure, and then you have just got to run off a cliff and viola! You are up in the air like an actual bird. Interesting much?! Or that it is only for insane adrenaline junkies or suicidal maniacs. To tell the truth, it is none of those things. People now are becoming aware of the fact that the rides are pretty safe and that there are other fail-safe options. If you manage to follow the rules and regulations of paragliding, then there are absolutely no chances of failing. So take a chill pill and accept the fact that you can manage to take care of the fun factor and the adventure streak in your life while being safe.
Every one of us once wished to fly like a bird and explore the sky. For humans like us, we have got paragliding as an activity which can fulfil this wish of ours (at-least for a short while). There are many paragliding places in India where these activities are conducted, right from the cold and cosy Himachal to the hot and warm Rajasthan. So, it does not matter which part of India you are in, you can always choose a place for your paragliding quest. Here is the list of
Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Himachal Pradesh, the little village of Bir is practically the paragliding capital of India. The beautiful mountains, the greenery, the weather, everything is just so perfect. And paragliding adds a dash of adventure to the tranquil atmosphere. It is a perfect place for adventure junkies as well as country lovers. Bir is the take-off site, and Billing, which is located at a distance of about 14 km from it, is the landing site. The nearest airport is Dharamshala, located at a distance of about 70 km from Bir. The Paragliding World Cup took place for the first time in India at Bir-Billing in the year 2015. The place is equally famous for its amazing paragliding experiences, both inside the country as well as with foreigners. The place has one of the best take-off and landing sites combined with suitable air currents and the ideal cloud base.
One of the major tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a beautiful valley located in the heart of the Himalayas. The town is located at an altitude of about 5500 ft to 6000 ft above sea level, which makes it ideal for paragliding trips. The scenic beauty is further aggravated by the thrill factor of paragliding in the area. The areas of Solang Valley, Fatru Mountain, Gulaba, and Nagger Road are the places where paragliding takes place. Apart from the monsoon season, during which paragliding is banned, one can practically enjoy the feel of the air from up above practically for the rest of the year. It is an ideal getaway for someone who loves adventure as much as beautiful locales.
This is also a beautiful resort town located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Located at a height of about 2000m above sea level, the picturesque place is one of the best places to go to. But paragliding in such a place has its perks too. One can view the beautiful city from a bird's level. The beautiful pear-shaped lake, Naini Lake, one of the 64 Shakti peeths of the country, is considered to be one of the holiest places in the world. Naukuchiyatal offers paragliding. Paragliding among the fluffy clouds amidst the beautiful mountains of Naina, Deopatha, and Ayarpatha hills is truly one of the most heavenly feelings. So come here if you want to have the best of both worlds.
One of the famous beach areas of Goa, Arambol is also famous for the paragliding experiences that the place has to offer. The best launching point is the headland above the Kalacha Lake. Arambol is perfect for beginners, the reason being the smooth and calm breeze, which is perfect for a no-break flight.
Paragliding in the Bhimtal valley, situated in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has become a fast-growing adventure activity that is drawing adventure seekers from all across. It is one of the most affordable and cheapest options for paragliding in India.
One of the newest and most popular in recent times, Jodhpur has emerged as one of the best and most unique destinations for paragliding in India. The average duration for each flight is about 10 minutes, and the height attained is approximately 1500 feet above ground level as per weather conditions.
In Vangamon, a beautiful hill station in Kerala, you’ve an opportunity to take off and land in the welcoming arms of Mother Nature. Paragliding at Vagamon is a 10km ride at approx. 3000 feet above ground level. The average flight duration is 15–20 minutes. There are only a few operators there, with "Fly Vagamon" being the most popular. Pre-booking is recommended.
A very popular destination for paragliding training, Kamshet has several hills for paragliding. Flying is possible here from October to May/June. There are many professional training schools for paragliding here, and you can get in touch with any of them for tandem paragliding. The average duration for a flight is 8-10 min and the average height is 1500 ft above ground level.