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Paragliding in Manali

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Hand gliding and parachuting when combined is called paragliding. A paraglider has to run down the hill at 40 degree slope, the running results in air filling in the columns of the keel, this allow the glider to take off. The Solang valley slopes are perfectly made for paragliding.

Paragliding is organized all round the year in Kullu valley in areas like Solang Bijli Mahadev, Marhi and Fatru. Generally two types of flights are offered; in the short flight the inexperienced client is taken above 100-150 ft high and they join the pilot in the double seated paraglide. It gives you the thrilling experience of viewing the surrounding with the pilot taking care of maneuvering the glider. This flight lasts for one or one and a half minute. On the other hand high flight is conducted by experienced pilots and this flight last for 20-30 minutes.

When the weather conditions are perfect it is possible to stay in the air for more than three hours and rise to a height of 3000 m. The geographical conditions of Manali are conducive for all grades of paragliding. Any person above 15 years of age and weighing between 45 to 85 kgs can paraglide. Training is a very important part of this sport. February to June and September to November are the best seasons for paragliding. A five-day course cost about $135.

One experiences ethereal serenity while sailing in air above the ground. Enjoy the high view of Manali from height, an experience which is surreal and peaceful. The bird’s eye view of the beautiful scenery below gives the gilder an exhilarating feeling.

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