Plan the next weekend getaway with the squad and head to these three places for an adrenaline rush and Windows-desktop-worthy views.
Get Your Adrenaline Fix: Where To Go Paragliding Near Kolkata
As if exotic flowers, cool temperatures and jaw-dropping views wasn’t enough incentive to visit Kalimpong, the fact that it has some of the most scenic paragliding experiences in the country should act as the crowning glory. You can paraglide from 9 am to 4:30 pm depending on weather and wind conditions. You can pick between a medium flight joyride which lasts 15 to 20 minutes and a high flight which will go on for about 30 to 45 minutes. On a clear sunny day, you may luck out and get a view of the Kanchenjunga as well.
The popular take-off point is from the Dello Hills, and you can land wither at Homes Garden near the Dr. Graham’s Home School or at the Relli River ground further down. Any taxi service will be able to take you to one of the paragliding operators. Travelling season to Kalimpong is around the corner (October to March is the best time to visit!) so book your tickets now!
Soar in the sky with the Himalayas as your backdrop, on a clear day enjoy views of the distant peaks and the houses sprinkled across terra firma. If you can, you can paraglide yourself. If not, a guide will accompany you. The common take-off point is near the St. Paul’s School which is an uphill walk from the Mall (which you will fly over while paragliding!) and landing point is at the Lebong Ground. You can also take a 30-minute drive down to Jamuney for a drop dead gorgeous view while paragliding.
The best time to paraglide is between October to April but you may want to avoid January and February because it can get extremely cold.
Paraglide over Gangtok and get Windows Desktop-like views of Sikkim and Gangtok. Go on a guided ride flight that will set you back either INR 2,500 (for a medium flight) or INR 4,500 (for a high flight) and can go on for as long as 30 minutes or if you want for 10 minutes. You’ll have to take-off from either Baliman Dara and Bulbuley Dara which are the only two certified paragliding take off locations in east Sikkim. You can make an advance booking and can even avail a hotel pick-up and drop-off.