If there is one thing that has been the core of human fancy since ages, it surely is flying. After tasting the heights in the aircraft developed by Wright brothers, many wished to take it to the next level and feel something closer to a bird’s flight! That’s when some crazy dreamer invented paragliding – a thrilling adventure sport that allows you to soar high, with the vast expanse of nature underneath. Read on to know about the places where one can enjoy paragliding in India.
11 Best Spots For Paragliding In India
For years, paragliding in India had not been a popular choice but the recent years have seen a tremendous increase in the number of paragliding sites in India. So, if you are looking to conquer the skies, here is a list of paragliding places in India to challenge the adventure junkie in you.
- Bir Billing
1. Bir Billing
Bir Billing is a small village in Himachal Pradesh, famed for hosting the first ever world cup for paragliding. Himachal, actually, is ‘the’ home to paragliding in India. With a total of 11 best paragliding spots, this hilly state offers multiple options. Other places famous for paragliding in Himachal are Devidhar, Parvati Valley, Rohtang, and Bakhli.
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The other famous destination for paragliding in Himachal is Manali. Except for the monsoons season, you can try paragliding here anytime. Solang Valley and Marhi are two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Manali. Among the reasons which make Manali one of the most preferred paragliding places in India is the availability of the sport through the year except monsoon.
Fly with: Himalayan Raiders , Ski HImalayas, Tigereye Adventures
Cost: Short flights at INR 600; Long flights start from INR 1,600
If you are looking for spots for paragliding in India near Delhi then this is one great option. This well thronged destination in India, Mussoorie also hosts paragliding like every other hill station. From the take off point near Mussoorie Lake, one can fly till Dehradun on a long flight up to the height of 2300 metres above sea level.
Fly with: Paragliding Mussorie
Cost: From INR 2,000; normally long flights and expeditions take off from Mussoorie.
For those looking for paragliding in Pune and Mumbai, Kamshet is a paraglider’s paradise. A leap from the Tower hills and the bird’s eye view of box shaped houses in the villages of Kamshet is a delight for lifetime. Head here on your next trip and experience flying like a bird.
Besides streets full of gaming cafes, Silicon Valley has lately gained up on this adventure sport. Hoskote Lake, 20 km away from the main city, houses some operators who offer training for paragliding in Bangalore. At 65 km from the town, Nandi hills is another hub of paragliding which is at a height of 1478 m above sea level. A lot of people prefer going for paragliding in Nandi Hills, India. The adventurers can also go for para-jumping and hang-gliding.
Fly with: Fly Nandi
Cost: From INR 1,500
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So here is a complete package. The city famed for its lakes – Nainital – offers paragliding for the heights of up to 2000 meters. Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal are two locations where one can go for paragliding in Nainital.With the beautiful lakes underneath the flier, This hill station comes across as one of the best destinations for paragliding in India.
Fly with: Sky Bird Adventures, Camp Lagoon
Cost: INR 1,600 onwards
If you are looking for paragliding in Chennai, Yelagiri is the place to head to. At a driving distance of 3 hours from the city, Yelagiri offers paragliding from a height of 2200 meters and has a vast clearing of natural expanse. Marina Beach also offers parasailing every day in the evening. Exciting, no? Plan a trip soon to experience both of these activities.
Fly with: Temple Pilots
Cost: From INR 1,200
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Rafting and Rishikesh have become synonymous in recent years. Young adventure seekers throng to this holy hill station for its famous white water rafting. However, for those who are looking for paragliding in Rishikesh, Ranikhet at a distance of 120 kms is a perfect option. Various operators offer a range of parasailing and paragliding activities, here. Plan a long weekend here, and experience both these activities.
Fly with: The Top Camp, Thrillomania
Cost: From INR 3,200
Panchgani, a town near the famous pilgrimage of Mahabaleshwar,is commonly frequented by honeymooners. Paragliding from the Horizon point gives you a bird’s eye view of the temple town as well as the serene scenes of the quaint hills. Planning a trip already? Head to Panchgani soon and enjoy a flight in the sky.
Fly with: Joy Riding, Panchagani
Cost: INR 2,000 onwards
Scotland of the East, Shillong in Meghalya offers one of the best sites to paraglide in India. The city is beautiful and one can enjoy panaromic views while paragliding. The lush green environs make for amazing views from high up in the sky. And if you like adventure then a trip to Shillong would be one memorable affair for you! Plan a vacay soon.
Fly with: Yatra
Cost: INR 2,000 onwards
If you are headed to the northeast and are looking for adventure sports, then you can try paragliding in Gangtok. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas and the lush landscapes below as you fly high in the sky. The operators in Gangtok offer tandem flights and do not require any kind of training beforehand, making paragliding available for all. Have a great time flying in the sky!
Fly with: Sikkim Paragliding Adventure Sports Cooperative Society Ltd., Fly Sikkim Adventure
Cost: INR 1,800 onwards
There you go! You just scrolled past the most happening places for paragliding in India. Unleash the bird in you and go for one of the most daring adventure sports in world. Book your trip to one of these amazing destinations now!
Frequently Asked Questions About Paragliding In India
A. Paragliding in India is INR 1,200 onwards.
A. Yes, paragliding is available in Yelagiri.