Paragliding (not to be confused with parasailing) is every adrenaline junkie’s go-to sport for good reason. There’s nothing like throwing yourself off a cliff, thousands of feet above the ground, and catch the wind in your parachute like a bird catches the thermals, and drift down back to earth. You feel as free as a bird in flight, and along with an adrenaline rush, also gain a sense of freedom and peace. India, which is now coming up as a major hub for adventure sports in general, is a paragliding paradise, with more than 30 prime spots to indulge in this adventure, all in different terrains and conditions. Here are the top spots you should definitely go paragliding in.

Manali

Nothing is better than paragliding among lush rolling hills on one side, and rugged snow-capped peaks on the other. And this perfect dichotomy of vistas is offered by Manali. One of the most in-demand areas for paragliding in India is the Solang Valley, which is about 14 kilometres from Manali. There are many certified operators there, offering packages depending on your level of expertise and the duration. The 15-minute experience is the best for you to get complete pleasure from this experience. The cost varies according to duration. The best season to enjoy paragliding in Manali is from May to October.

Panchagani

Panchagani is one of India’s most popular hill-stations. Nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats, it is surrounded by green valleys, streams, and also the mighty River Krishna, making for some breathtaking views. Paragliding in this paradise is definitely an unmissable treat. Bhilar, Khinger and Tapola are some of the more popular spots for paragliding in Panchagani. Tandem jumps are on offer for novice paragliders. The best season for paragliding is from November to February.

Gangtok

Sikkim is known for a lot of things: pristine beauty, the Himalayas, the friendly people, and its rivers and waterfalls. But it is also coming into the limelight for another thing: paragliding. No experience is needed as all paragliding activities will be tandem flights. Gangtok has many paragliding tour operators that offer flights at different heights. Medium fly flights (from an altitude of 1300-1400 m) offers panoramic views of Gangtok and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and takes off from Baliman Dara, close to Gangtok. High fly flights (from an altitude of 2000 m), which takes off from Bulbuley Dara, also offers magnificent views, and you can be up in the air for 20-30 minutes.

Adventure sports in India are slowly taking off as a tourism industry sector, and if you are a lover of adventure, you should explore the umpteen opportunities on offer. Plan your dream holiday without worrying too much about your finances, with a travel loan from Tata Capital. A personal loan from Tata Capital, especially a loan for travel, makes life a lot easier, with no collateral, immediate disbursement of the loan amount, minimal paperwork, and easy repayment (interest rates start at 11.25%, with flexible EMI plans). Apply for personal loan at Tata Capital and plan your dream holiday today!

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