Paragliding

One of the newest entries in the list of adventure sports in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is Paragliding. The natural factors like excellent wind condition and landscape of the Kashmir are remarkably suitable for this type of aero sport.

Ammu, Sanasar, Kud, Batote and Nathatop are the places in Jammu region best suitable for this adventure sport. Tourists can choose to glide over valleys, mountains or lakes. However, listen to the operators on what would be best on that particular day. Also wear the proper gear and attach the strings tightly to avoid any mishap.

One can choose to take glide in a Parachute with a pilot or can go solo over the valleys, lakes and mountains of these places. Paragliding in Sanasar can be experienced by taking short flight operating from Sanasar (take off) to Kud (Landing) for the duration of two to three minutes. One can even enjoy a high flying in Nathatop for 10 to 20 minutes at an altitude of 2000 to 2500 feet. Equipments can be hired from tourist office Jammu or any private agencies. The best months to go for paragliding in Sanasar are May-June and September-October.

Paragliding Spots

One can choose to take glide in a Parachute with a pilot or can go solo over the valleys, lakes and mountains of these places. Paragliding in Sanasar can be experienced by taking short flight operating from Sanasar (take off) to Kud (Landing) for the duration of two to three minutes. One can even enjoy a high flying in Nathatop for 8 to 10 minutes at an altitude of 1500 to 2000 feet.

Best Season for Paragliding

Clear skies work best for this sport and in general May to June and September to October are considered best for paragliding activities.

Reality Check

Vendors, without waiting for favorable weather conditions, flock hotels & guest houses and entice the tourists saying “once you reach the top, you will hardly need 10-15 minutes to come down”. Tourists too, are eager to make the most of their trip, succumb to their sales talk.

Tip

Cloudy conditions translate to “poor lighting” especially for photography. Unless you are a seasoned videographer, do not give in to vendors’ lure as all videos & stills will be hazy at best.