Brave the winds, soar through the skies and watch the world beneath your feet through misty clouds and sunshine. Paragliding is one of the most exhilarating adventure sports out there and offers adventurers a unique way at looking at the world.
India is home to several paragliding locations spread out evenly all across the country from Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan to Maharashtra and Meghalaya. For those starting out and with a slight fear of heights, the hills of Rajasthan and Maharashtra are better suited. Whereas for those seeking to go a step further, the Northern Indian states offer all the high altitudes you could possibly desire. Also, most states that offer paragliding offer more than one location for you to try out the sport so there’s always something on offer for all levels of adventurers. Another advantage of most paragliding locations is that they also double up as great holiday destinations overall. Some of the destinations off the top of our head include Naukutchiyatal, Udaipur, Jaipur, Spiti, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. The most important thing when it comes to paragliding is the direction and force of the winds. For beginners, this is what guides your instructors to decide if the conditions are suitable for your paragliding adventure or not. Ideally it’s best to have a few days in hand when signing up for paragliding. The winds can change suddenly and conditions can turn unfavourable at a moment’s notice that’s why if you’re really keen it’s better to have an additional day or two in hand. Generally speaking, it is best to avoid paragliding in the monsoons or in the middle of the winter. As far as time of day is concerned, in the summer months the early hours of the morning are usually recommended. In India, it is mandatory to have some prior training before you head off conquering skies whilst paragliding. You must be able to at the very least handle and manoeuvre the glider and navigate it well enough. If you’re starting out, it’s vital to go with an instructor and also with a safe and reliable company. Additionally, one must ensure they stay alert at all times while flying. Heart patients and those with blood pressure issues are usually advised against paragliding. When you decide to go paragliding, ensure that you look for authorised centres that are government approved. It is also important that the instructors and the management of the company are all well trained and experienced individuals who have completed the stipulated number of hours required for flying. Once that’s out of the way, get ready to fly and soar sky high!