Paragliding in India
India is a perfect destination for a paragliding pilot. Here, he can indulge his thirst for varied types of flying conditions and sites. Mountain flying, coastal flying, flying over flatlands and desert flying.
In fact most Indian hang gliding and paragliding sites have been highly rated and those in the lower reaches of the Himalayas provide some of the best regions in the world. An international competition has been held at Billing - Himachal Pradesh.
History of Paragliding in India
The Kangra and Kullu Valleys witnessed the spreading and development of the sport of paragliding. Over the past few years a small number of outfits have been seen operating in this area. Across the country there would now be 10 to 12 such flying clubs with barely 200-plus known active pilots in the country.
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India as a Paragliding Destination
India is ideally suited to paragliding. Her physical features and climatic conditions are conducive to flying operations throughout the year.
The great Himalayan ranges in the north are the highest in the world and harbour perfect mountain flying conditions. When the winter snow blocks the passes and makes these sunny slopes inhospitable, it is time to gravitate to the western ghats - a rugged mountain range 1500 meters high, meandering southwards along the coast, stretching all the way to the southern point of India. These hills are dotted with ancient Buddhist cave temples and rugged medieval fortresses which often double up as takeoff sites. The Aravalli ranges in Rajasthan - exotic desert country, is perfect for flying, especially when the monsoons descend on the rest of the country. They offer amazing flying possibilities yet unexplored . The craggy hills which protect the beautiful beaches of the west coast and the Nilgiri hills tea growing country famed for their forest reserves in which nestle the favourite hill resorts of Ooty and Kokaikanal are also great flying sites.
Kamshet (Golden Glades)
Paragliding sites in India
Maharashtra - Panchgani, Matheran, Raigad, Talegaon, Sinhagad (Pune), Panhala (Kolhapur), Murud-Janjira, Bhandardhara, Ajinkyatara (Satara), Amboli, Ratnagiri, and Ganpatipule.
Goa - Anjuna and Arambol beaches
Karnataka - Chamundi hills (Mysore), Nandi hills (Bangalore)
Tamil Nadu - Nilgiri hills (Ooty & Kodaikanal)
Rajasthan - Aravalli hills
Uttarakhand - Nainital & Pithoragarh
Himachal Pradesh - Manali, Bilaspur & Billing
Meghalaya - Shillong
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