For a rush of adventure nestled in the hills of India, Paragliding is a sport that is both safe and challenging. It is only for these two qualities, that paragliding has achieved great popularity at tourist destinations across the country. For the adventure-sport enthusiasts, however, paragliding as just an add-on to an excursion simply isn’t enough.
Here is a list of some destinations across the country which are popular and primarily known for their stunning paragliding sites:
1. Bir Billing (Himachal Pradesh)
Snuggled in the Himalayan Range that runs through Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing is located in the mysterious Kanga Valley with breath-taking landscapes and abundant natural beauty. Feel the heart rising rush of a 30-minute smooth sailing paraglide experience at an altitude of 2600 m from sea level. The best weather for paragliding in Bir Billing is from March to June. Two closely-placed tourist spots to Bir Billing are Manali and Dharamshala.
A crowning jewel of the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is a state unlike any other in India. Known for its imposing landscape that comprises hills, valleys, and a view of the distant snowy peaks, Sikkim is also a paragliding haven for local, tourists, and enthusiasts. The emerging paragliding site is often visited by international tourists, who like Pamper the Paraglider in them.
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3. Kunjapuri (Uttarakhand)
Best known for historical temples and as a place of Pilgrimage, Kunjapuri has excellent treks and paragliding opportunities. The sunset and sunrise is ever more beautiful from the hills of Uttarakhand. The various paragliding sites are located in the Shivalik ranges, with a slight view of the Frozen Gangotri; the birthplace of the holy Ganges. During paragliding, you can also enjoy the splendid views of Banderpunch and other popular peaks as you rise up against gravity and float into the empty sky.
4. Pavana (Maharashtra)
Being a rare sighting in the Western Ghats, Pavana happens to be the only paragliding site over the tropical forests of Maharashtra. The scenery from the sky is magnificent, and comprises of the Pavana Lake, age-old forts, and many other places of tourist interest. The Pavana Dam may also be visible from the sky and the paragliding experience here is absolutely jaw-dropping.
5. Nandi Hills (Bangalore)
The Nandi Hills are one of the prime locations for paragliding near Bangalore. Situated 68 Km from the IT hub of India, the Nandi Paragliding experience is enhanced by the beautiful sceneries made nature and crafted by the locals. During paragliding, tourists may also reach Bangalore to Hebbal Lake, a landing strip in Bangalore.
6. Bedni Bugyal (Uttarakhand)
An alpine meadow in the midst of Himalayas, the paragliding spot at Bedni Bugyal is at an altitude of 3354 m from sea level. This place is recognized for the scenic views of the Himalayan Mountains and is therefore an expert-level paragliding site.
7. Yelagiri (Tamil Nadu)
One of the most professional paragliding opportunities in South India, Yelagiri organizes an international paragliding festival in September every year to promote the sport among travelers and enthusiasts. At present, Yelagiri has 3 spots at different heights for beginners to expert paraglider.
8. Shillong (Meghalaya)
Shillong has done a great job at using technology for tourism. The paragliding experience here is made extraordinary by radio surveillance and supervision by guide pilots, who monitor a sequence of challenging maneuvers at 700 m from Sea Level.
9. Arambol (Goa)
If you’ve had enough of paragliding over the hills, it is time to float into the sky over the sea. Arambol in Goa is known for its bird-eye view of the ocean and the scenic views of the ghat. Professionals from all over the world like to visit Arambol in autumn-winter season to glide over the empty sky, and into the horizon.
10. Aravali Hills
Feel the desert air rush into your ears in Rajasthan’s Premier Paragliding site. If you’re an expert, you may even be given permission to glide over busy cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota. Rajasthan has many runways and paragliding strips so remember to check with the tour operators to find the best one for you!
Well, as you’ve the list of spots for paragliding in India now, so just Get, Set and Fly!!!