The first paragliding festival has begun in the Mussoorie from Monday. Adventure lovers can take two-seater rides from Jaripani in Mussoorie up to Kasiga school in Dehradun till June 21. The festival has been started as a promotional exercise for the first paragliding pilot training centre in the state to be set up in the month of November.
The Temple Pilots (TTP) company, which is running a paragliding centre in Pune for past 15 years and has trained some 500 pilots, is collaborating with The Great Himalayan Adventure (TGHA) company for another paragliding centre at Mussoorie.
R C Bhardwaj, head of adventure tourism wing in Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board said, “This festival will certainly attract adventure tourists toward the state. After a few months, a paragliding centre will also be set up on public private partnership mode with the state government. So, we hope that after rafting, the state will emerge as a major hub for paragliding sports in the country.”
According to Sachin, the instructor with TTP, those opting to do three day basic course in pilot training would have to shell Rs 50,000 while those who prefer to buy the equipment would have to spend Rs 2.5 lakh. For a joy ride of half an hour, it is Rs 5,000 while for up to 40 minutes, it will cost Rs 8,000. The pilot will accompany each rider and all safety measures will be taken for these rides which will go from 1,800m- 3,000m heights.