9. Paragliding

Paragliding

Have you ever seen an eagle soar high up in the sky, with its wings manoeuvring its agile body? Have you ever wondered about all that it sees from that far up? Have you ever wanted to be it? What if you could be?

Sitting in a harness, attached to a fabric wing overhead, paragliding is both a recreational as well as a competitive sport. For the launch before the flight, either of the two techniques is used- forward launch and reverse launch. The forward launch requires the glider to run forward, lifting the wing over their head and then taking flight. In reverse launch, however, the glider simply faces the wind which brings the wing I overhead, launching into flight. Mostly thanks to Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, the “second highest paragliding site in the world”, this sport is slowly gaining attention in India.

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