Dancing with the winds through the clear blue skies as you paragliding over the lush green north eastern tea gardens of Darjeeling. A professional tandem shall take you over Eastern Himalayas while you are not expected to have any prior experience. This unique sensation of free flight and breathtaking panoramic views of the Darjeeling peaks and its wildlife is an absolutely unforgettable Paragliding in Kalimpong. Both the pilot and you have separate harnesses that are attached to each other and the wing. Once launched, you can just sit back and enjoy the breath taking view from the amazing heights and capture some pictures also in your camera.
The take-off point of the flight is Dello Hills in Kalimpong ( situated at an altitude of 1250 meters) one of the best view points in Darjeeling. The flying trip lasts between 10 to 30 minutes depending on the wind conditions. There are two types of flights – Medium (10 to 15 mins) & Cross Country (20 to 30 mins) The paragliding agencies provide transportation from the landing location to the starting point.
Gliding is a weather dependent sport and it is suggested to fly in fine weather which commences from April to June and again in October. The timings of the flights are dependent on the weather conditions and are tentatively as under:
March – June: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.,
Oct – Jan: 10.00 am to 4 pm
WHAT TO CARRY/WEAR
One should preferably wear any comfortable lowers with a shirt, comfortable shoes & wind cheater/Jacket depending on the weather. Sandals/ floaters/slippers are not allowed. It is mandatory to carry one proof of identification and foreign nationals need to carry their passport and visa. necessarily.
Octavius tea resorts promises to take you through this awe inspiring experience. Deolo Hill in Kalimpong, is located at a distance of approximately 104 kms from the Nya Sylee Tea estate and 72 kms from the Sylee tea estate.
Set amidst breathtaking expanses of tea estates, each colonial bungalow extends a good share of adventure, fun and an ultimate family bonding. Dropped mobile signals, wildlife tales and great camaraderie make it a perfect escape with your loved ones.
WHAT IS PARAGLIDING
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paragliders flight can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.
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