As I mentioned in my blog for places I have been to and the activities I have done in Pokhara; paragliding was one of the bucket list tick mark activity for me. And I am very happy that I did it in Pokhara.
I practically cannot put my feelings into words but still, I will try to describe the wonderful experience I have had during these 15 to 20 minutes of my life.
Getting Started. Paragliding in Pokhara. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
The car picked me up from my hotel and took me to the venue which was even ahead of the Sarangkot Sunrise Point. We were 5 of us in the car going for the same activity.
To tell you the truth; I was not at all scared. At least that's what I thought in the beginning. Since I was under the impression it's just a normal activity. I did not even see any videos or read anything before even going for it. I was thinking there's going to be professional who will bring you up in the air; you will have a bird's eye view and you will be back to land; simple.
But that was not the case. Especially the moment when we reached the point where we were supposed to take off. It was a steep slope. YES!!! A slope. And my rider told me that he will be tying me to the parachute and all the strings and then I have to walk on the slope till the slope is over.
That moment... and I said "Are you sure till the slope is over??? Aren't you going to just lift me off in the air before the slope finishes" and my rider calmly said, "We will see what to do" He instructed me strictly not to be in seated position until and unless he asked me to do so?
For that 5 seconds, I had my heart beating super fast and thought maybe this is not really a good idea. But once I was up in the sky and in the seating position; it was one of the best feelings in the world.
In the air. Paragliding in Pokhara. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
The view from the height of 1500 meters was mesmerizing. For first few seconds, I was only speechless and had no words to say. I just wanted to live it. To see it with my naked eyes to keep it in my memories forever. To remember that I have lived the bird's life for few minutes in my life.
That View of Phewa Lake. Paragliding in Pokhara. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
It was Phewa lake below me and Annapurna mountain ranges were right in front of me. The beauty of the city was much more serene from the air than the land. The rice paddies in the village just added to the frame.
My rider would keep checking on me time to time whether I am fine or not. Whether I am able to breathe properly or not. And every time I nodded him with a yes; he would go on doing some more fun with parachute surprising me even more.
Yet Another Shot. Paragliding in Pokhara. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
At one point I asked my rider if we can go higher, and he instantly agreed. Slowly and steadily we went higher; being the highest parachute in the sky at that moment flying at the height of 2000 meters. I could see all other gliders flying below me. As we went higher the temperatures started going down. Since I went for the activity at 3 PM; it was the best time of the day giving me clearest possible views of the city and the surroundings.
The best moment of the whole 20 minutes was when he turned the whole parachute in 360 degrees in continuous rotations for 30 seconds. We started coming down slowly and my rider gently landed both of us on the surface.
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