Nahan: Rajgarh to be developed as paragliding destination

  • Shalender Kalra, Hindustan Times, Nahan
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 19:27 IST

After several years hopes for revival of paragliding activities in Sher Jagas village in Rajgarh subdivision have now been rekindled. A team headed by chief instructor Naresh Thakur from the mountaineering institute in Manali will impart training to 20 local youths for 15 days in which flights will also be conducted.

"In the first phase 20 young men residing in the area would be trained in paragliding," Rajgarh subdivisional magistrate Kapil Tomar said.

After test flights in which many foreign paragliders took part were conducted in October 2009, the site was approved by the state government for aero sports activities in January 2010. The site approval committee set up by the government also included noted paraglider Gurpreet Dhindsa. Experts had rated this table top site as better than Bir
Billing in Kangra as it offered for both landing and takeoff facilities.

Among the foreign adventure sports lovers who participated in the test flights was Hgendens from Hungary who found paragliding in the lofty mountain peaks of the lower Himalayan range a sheer delight. Sharing her experience about the
site, Russian paraglide Elena said the site offered the "ultimate environment" for adventure sports.

According to experts the green environs makes the place an ideal destination for pursuing adventure sports like paragliding. It was located by two professionals in December 2008 and the state government thereafter actively promoted the 340 by 70 metres site, which paragliders termed as "ultimate" as it did not have any vegetation was a natural air strip with ample space for landing and takeoff. An expert said the site was perfect for adventure sports, adding "it was surprising the state tourism department was not starting paragliding activities there".

A resident of Sher Jagas, Sonika Thakur, and the then chairman of a local cooperative bank, Chander Mohan Thakur, had also conducted tandem flights during the test flights in October 2009.According to the experts the potential for paragliding in Sarhan and Haripur Dhar should also be explored.'

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