Ever thought how it would feel like soaring through skies like a majestic eagle, gliding over mountains, plush coats of green fields, rivers and lakes dotted here and there and tiny houses, buildings, vehicular transportation and of course the multitude of people down below moving around lost in their own lives? Well with an imagination like that paragliding is what would definitely get you there amidst the cottony clouds with fresh air engulfing your insides in pure bliss and an ecstasy only describable by adventure seeking travelers. Much more a leisurely performed activity nowadays than a sport it is sure to ignite your sensibilities through the sheer momentum and flight like velocity that come with it.
Para sailing, Hand gliding and Kite skiing all similar to nature in Paragliding are equally fun but with tweaked mechanisms. When it comes to harnessing a gigantic canopy shaped parachute with lines and flying vertically by taking off running from the ground and letting the winds do the rest, nothing more exhilarating can be experienced in terms of free-flying. As adventure activities go it is one that can last hours and worth the time that goes into even preparing for it because it tends to take place mainly in picturesque settings like mountainous regions with a lot of open spaces to avoid accidents of any kind. Paragliding under trained supervision is something everyone must give a shot at least once in their lifetime to connect to the strength and fearlessness that are brought about by it.
The idea for this brilliant sporting activity came about a long time ago but was actually set into motion by 3 French guys in 1978 after being inspired by an article in Parachute Manual magazine and launching themselves off of Pointe Du Pertuiset in the gorgeous town of Mieussy, France. From then on there was no looking back for paragliding with scores of championships and multiple resorts with facilities for it with trained paragliding pilots all over the world that bloomed almost instantly and are still continuing to grow voraciously. People interested in this adventure game go far and wide in finding new experiences associated with it as every destination holds different designs to the process in play.
In India a number of places like Bir Billing, McLeod Ganj and Kathmandu offer paragliding, to make things as comfortable and memorable as possible most locations have trained pilots that fly along and control the Para gliders motions while all that needs to be done is to relax and enjoy the ride.