Paragliding scene in India started 7 years ago, though it is now just about gaining popularity. India has immense flying possibilities with Himalayas in the North and the Sahayadri ranges in the west coast. There have been international competitions where distance world records were set. These sites have conditions for both ridge, thermal soaring and ideal cross country routes, almost all the year round except the monsoons.
History of Paragliding
This sport was introduced into India in (1991-92) when some foreign visiting pilots decided to explore flying possibilities in the Kullu Valley. The sport with its self advertising nature soon charmed the Valley ‘adventurists’ who until then were involved in skiing, trekking and rock climbing. Billing in the Kangra Valley had already been identified as a flying site for hang gliding. The Kangra and Kullu Valleys witnessed the spreading and development Paragliding. Over the past few years a small number of set ups have been seen operating in this area. Across the country there wouldnow be 10 to 12 such small set ups and 150 to 200 known active pilots in the country.
North India Paragliding
The north India - the abode of 'the mighty Himalayas' --the biggest mountain range in the world offers challenging conditions for hand paragliding to the flying lovers. The Himalayan region of Ladakh and Zanskar faces rough weather where the winds are unpredictable and sandstorms blow up within minutes, here heavy - duty gear is required with excellent skills over flying.
Towards the lower Himalayas, the states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttranchal offers a perfect site for hang para gliding.
In the north of India ‘the Himalayas’ the biggest mountain range in the world offers challenging conditions. At the northern most tip of India the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh and Zanskar rugged barren landmasses are interspersed with deep vertical valleys where the winds are unpredictable and sandstorms blow up within minutes. Here heavy - duty survival gear is required and only the most gung ho of pilots dare to fly. In the lower reaches of the Himalayas within the states of Himachal and Uttar Pradesh a number of sites are perfect for ridge soaring for miles on end and immense cross country routes. The season here is between April to June and September to November at the onset and tail end of the southeast monsoons when winds are constant and hopefully not too wet.
Most famous Paragliding Region in North India is Madai Gaon and Sollang Velley.