Adventure Tourism

Parasailing and paramotoring over Tirupati soon

TIRUPATI: A short take-off ramp, perfect wind conditions and a brave heart are all that is required to hop onto the co-pilot’s seat of a paramotoring cart.

In the next few minutes, the whirr of the motor drowns external noise giving enough thrust for a take-off, followed by a mesmerising bird’s eye view of the city, reports The Hindu.

After the recent ‘trial run’ of Hot Air Ballooning activity, introduced by the A.P. Tourism during the 104th Indian Science Congress, it is now the turn of paramotoring (powered paragliding) and parasailing, a form of ultralight aviation and adventure activity, to make its mark in the temple city.

New Delhi-based National Adventure Foundation was roped in by the S.V. Defence Academy to introduce them for the students.

“After successful runs at the Kakinada Beach Festival and Vijayawada, we wanted to showcase the same here. Our pilots are well-trained with international certifications. The response so far has been amazing and there is an immense tourism potential for the activity, particularly in a pilgrimage destination like Tirupati,” said C.V. Surya Teja, Deputy Director, National Adventure Foundation in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Teja briefed The Hindu on details of paramotoring/parasailing activities and said they would be able to organise 40-50 trips of 15 minutes duration each, reaching an altitude of 600 ft.

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