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Paragliding in India

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

#Introduction :

Paragliding is an "adventure sport". This is one of the most popular air sports in the world, and it is becoming admired these days. The man invented the airplane, and after that, he started Inventing more and more. In 1950, Pierre Lemoigne, a Frenchman, made his first takeoff by pulling a round parachute canopy. The ram-air-inflated cell structure originated in 1960 by Canadian Domina Jalbert. Going forward, the game of paragliding emerged.

#What is "Paragliding" & Equipment?

The game of paragliding is all about flying in the air. Paragliding is wind and weather depending sport. There is no kind of motor machine involved in this paragliding sport, that's why it is totally nature friendly, there is no threat to birds or the environment from this.

Paragliding can be done only in the mountains. When inflated, the wing's cross-section has the typical teardrop aerofoil shape. The material is ripstop and made up of nylon fabric or polyester. The wind speed needed for flying is 15-20 km/hr. The equipment is also small in size and handy for use. We can keep all the equipment in one rucksack. There are four things in the paraglider kit bag :

  1. Canopy / Wing

  2. Harness

  3. Reserve parachute

  4. Helmet

The total equipment weight is about 12-15 kilos.

#Paragliding in India

Paragliding is done in India like many other countries in the world, And we all know that India is a country surrounded by natural beauty. The lofty hills, valleys, mountain ranges, forts, western ghats, Himalayas are some of the beautiful things that make paragliding a special identity in India. Because for paragliding, you need a high hill from which you can take off and soar in the sky.

The game is now reaching every nook and corner of India as the friendly atmosphere here & the various beauties of each place give it a unique look. India is a country that enjoys the Himalayas, deserts, long coastlines & you can easily experience paragliding in all such destinations.

The winds are very calm and constant in the cold weather on the beach, so the game is now well established near Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Mumbai, etc.

In north India Simla, Kulu-Manali, Dehradun, Bilaspur, Bir-Billing, Mussoorie which are located in the foothills of the Himalayas, are now home to paragliding.

In the state of Maharashtra, at hill stations like Mahabaleshwar - Panchgani, Lonavla - Kamshet near Pune-Mumbai, paragliding has become a special attraction. It is safe to say that this is one of the best paragliding destinations in India. The wind conditions here and the high mountains of Sahyadri take you to a different kind of paragliding.

There are renowned paragliding pilots in India. Some are even named as the top 10 pilots in the world. Every year a paragliding competition is held in India. Top pilots from India participate in this competition. The competition is held in Bir or Panchgani in Maharashtra.

#Destination's for paragliding in India.

  1. Bir Billing

  2. Manali

  3. Kamshet

  4. Vagamon

  5. Dharamshala

  6. Bhimtal

  7. Nainital

  8. Gangtok

  9. Mussoorie

  10. Yelagiri

  11. Nandi hills

  12. Arambol

  13. Panchgani

  14. Palampur

  15. Saputara

#How safe paragliding is in India?

The first thing that comes to mind when you say adventure games is a risk. Yes, the risk is indeed involved in adventure sports, But if you follow the rules and regulations of those sports strictly, you will realize that you don't have to worry about it. There is something like this in paragliding. If you follow the rules of this game strictly, you will realize that there is no risk in this game either. Even if we take the example of learning to ride a simple bicycle, see how often we stumble while learning to ride a bicycle.

So it is totally safe to fly in India.

Most of the time people think that playing any adventure sport in India is risky, so most of the time people try some of these sports by going abroad, but I would like to say that paragliding is 100% safe in India too. All the materials used for paragliding in India are certified, the people who do paragliding here are all experienced. and they also follow all the terms and conditions perfectly. In India there are Management and Regulation, to keep it running smoothly in place.

I can proudly say that India is a safe country to do adventure sports like paragliding. If you want to have this experience or if you want to give it as a gift to your loved one, they will surely gonna love this.

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