Paragliding is an adventure sport that has inbuilt characteristics of adrenaline rush, absolute thrill and getting one closest to feeling like a free bird in the sky. India is known for its exotic locations for paragliding, to step out and to unleash ourselves from the bonds of social distancing and quarantine, Jammu has some amazing places that offers once in a lifetime experience of thrill.
Here are six best places that you don’t want to miss:
Siyara– Siyara is in Basholi – Bani road. In the valley below, is the beautiful river Ravi, delimiting J&K and Himachal. Siyara is about 200 kms from Jammu. The overall view is just breathtaking, mountains, river, valley, cool winds brushing your face. Landing area is on the J&K side in fields near Hutt. Flights here could last for half an hour.
Chountra Mata– Moving up North West, along the Dhar Road, is the Chountra Mata. A pilgrim destination that is well within the reach of a million people who visit Mansar annually. It’s about 25 kms from Mansar. One could comfortably extend their day out trip from Mansar to Chountra in less than an hour, enjoying the picturesque Dhar road drive.
After paying respects to the deity one could enjoy a smooth 10 minutes flight down to the foothills for the experience of an adventure.
Pingla Mata– Pingla Mata, a destination again well within the reach of a million people who visit Mansar annually, or 10 million yatris to Mata Vaishno Devi.
At 23 kms from Mansar, this location already has excellent road connectivity to the top through the desired landing areas in the foothills. One could get 10 minutes of flight from here to the landing area.
Ladha is a gold mine as far as paragliding in Jammu is concerned. Jewel of all locations. Tourists could get the best paragliding experience here. The feel of a flight from here is heavenly. Flights here would go beyond half an hour.
Dhanua– Dhanua, is about an hour’s drive from Katra. Dhanua site has been basically catering to the yatris visiting the holy shrine. One gets about 5 minutes of flight from this beautiful location that has jungles all around and a perennial stream below.
Bhaderwah– Bhaderwah too offers few excellent locations for paragliding in the region. The location towards Padri is well connected by road which offers multiple points for paragliding launches. As one launches from the beautiful meadows situated at 8,000 plus feet, the valley down below offers comfortable landing areas. One could easily get flights close to half an hour here.
Patnitop by any chance, do not leave the town without trying out your hand at Paragliding, it is that beautiful and exhilarating. Once experienced the thrill, you will return here just for this adventure. The State Tourism Department has created infrastructure at Sanasar, 17 km away from Patnitop. Nathatop is now famous for the infrastructure and various Paragliding options. The rides are organized & conducted at Dawariyai, the 2 km landmark on the Patnitop-Sanasar Road.
May to June and September to October are suitable months for paragliding.