Sometimes the world looks much better when seen from the sky. While paragliding, not only you enjoy the excitement of flying but, you also admire the wonderful panoramic views. Furthermore, modern paragliders and some good training can help you soar effortlessly on slopes and across the hills in various locations of India with its beautiful scenic pleasure. A rush, a thrill, a new hobby, a way to feel free and individual and to fly to places only birds would normally see – It’s paragliding.
Jump off a mountain at these astonishing destinations for paragliding in India.
1. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh is considered as a popular site for paraglider pilots among both Indians and visitors from all over the world. Also, India hosted the first ever Paragliding World Cup in Bir Billing in October 2015 under the main sponsorship of The Airports Authority of India (AAI).
2. Sanasar, Jammu & Kashmir
Sanasar is 2,080m above the sea level and 18 km from Patnitop in J&K. It is named after the two lakes and two villages, both called Sana and Sar. In general, it’s called as the “mini Gulmarg”, Sanasar is shaped like a cup, surrounded by conifer clad mountains on the periphery and a deep valley in the middle. This kind of topography makes it a great place for adventure sports like paragliding.
3. Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The Solang is a beautiful valley with enchanting views of snow-capped mountains, thick forest, lush green meadows and a snaking river. Moreover, for an experienced Paraglider, Solang has a lot to offer. There are also 2 jump stations, one on a lower and one on a higher level enough to test your thrill and zeal for adventure.
4. Kamshet, Maharashtra
Kamshet, since its discovery, has always been the top destination for beginners in paragliding. The Sahyadri range is also very friendly in terms of its topography, there is easy take offs at most flying sites in the region. The hills here are in fact not very high and offer large and ample landing areas. These things are very important for beginners and novice gliders. Notably, there are also several training agencies in the area around Kamshet.
5. Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Paragliding is the second sought-after after aero sports of Karnataka with Nandi hills is a favorite destination for this sport. It is also the center for aero sports like Parasailing and Micro light flying.
6. Kunjapuri, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh is not only about religious ashrams and sacred Ganga, but adventure spirits as well. Here one can indeed find a whole lot of adventure sports activities going on, throughout the year. One such is paragliding, which is best done at the Kunjapuri region. Kunjapuri resides amidst the Shivalik ranges and overlooks the enthralling Gangotri, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba and Swarga Rohini peaks. This makes paragliding here a wonderful treat to the eyes, especially at the time of sunset, when the peaks glisten in hues of yellow and orange.
7. Bedni Bugyal, Uttarakhand
In order to have a splendid view of the Kumaon region, a Paragliding trip to Bedni Bugyal is a must for you. This thrilling sport can be best enjoyed in these beautiful hilltops and grasslands. The mountain ranges of Bedni Bugyal moreover provides the perfect setting for Paragliding to adventure sports lovers and tourists.
8. Yellagiri, Tamilnadu
Yelagiri might not be the most preferred hill station of the South, but it certainly is one of the most adventurous by offering paragliding along with the usual trekking and mountain climbing activities that hill stations offer.
9. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong in Meghalaya with its beautiful valleys is yet another favorite destination among paragliders.
10. Satpura range, Gujarat
The Dangs is considered to be an excellent site for paragliding, hang gliding and other adventure sports. Hence, it’s suitable for training, advanced and cross country flying. Comparatively, a newly discovered sport for Gujarat, in the blessed mountains of Satpura range, Gujarat Tourism has initiated Paragliding festival in Winter season. All in all, In the next two years, this site will be one of the most preferred paragliding destination in India.
Given an opportunity to be the one who pushes it over the top… Be the one. Now you know you want to!