Vipin Sahu’s piteous pleas “Bhai, land kara do, arey Mummy reeeeyyy” tickled the entire nation and overnight, the petrified paraglider is an internet hero. In the now viral video, the moment the tile-showroom owner from UP’s Banda emerges out of the kohra (fog) to realise he’s bahut upar, Sahu begins to beg, plead and bribe his paragliding pilot “bhai land karao.” Paralyzed by fear, but holding on to dear life and his selfie stick, the six minute video is a laugh riot. Sahu later admitted that he decided to attempt the stunt to counter jibes from friends. A stunt he will remember for a long time – and so will India, while rolling on the floor, laughing.
The rib-tickling clip has inspired memes and desi Twitter lost no time to make the most of it. Sahu went paragliding in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, and after the success of the video, now plans to attempt to sky dive. (mic drop) For now, if you search for ‘paragliding in India’ Sahu's video tops the search results. If his misadventures have fired your adventurous spirit, here’s where you can head for a paragliding experience. Pro tip: stay safe, and ensure your operators follow all safety protocols.
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Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Talk to the skies and fly like a bird in the Kangra Valley aka the paragliding capital of India. The best time to try this adventure sport in this picturesque Himachali landscape is from March to June. Bir is approx. 70 kms from Dharamshala and Billing, another 14kms from Bir.
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Once a lesser-known attraction in Maharashtra, Kamshet caught the tourists’ fancy when paragliding operators discovered its potential. Pleasant winds and clear skies make it the perfect location for this adventure sport. The verdant forest beneath is an added advantage.
Vagamon, a tiny hill station on the Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala, is home to trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing and 11 other adventure activities, making it perfect for the thrill-seeking tourists. When paragliding, you can look down on the tall pine trees (which will appear dwarfed), lush green meadows, and several waterfalls along the route. The best time visit Vagamon is from December to May.
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The north-east has seen a major rise in tourism in the past few years. If breathtaking mountains, lush valleys, and quaint villages is what you are yearning for, head to Gangtok for paragliding adventure. The capital city of Sikkim is home to one of the world’s highest peaks. You can plan your trip anytime between March and June and Sept and December.
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Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu
Yelagiri is a stunning hill station in Southeast India and is situated very close to Yercaud which is 145 KM approximately. A 3-hour drive from Bengaluru or Chennai, it is considered one of the top flying destinations in South India. The hills are ideal for various adventure sports and quite a few paragliding events and festivals happen here.