Saturday, 5 November 2016

Para-Gliding for this season begins in Darjeeling

This was an offer, I wanted to refuse.... but given how much I love Darjeeling, I couldn't...

So around 10:30 AM yesterday, the good people from Off Road Adventure called me and asked me if I would want to go for the 1st day test ride - Para Gliding for the season.

I honestly didn't know what to say, as I am fearful of heights... and even though, I have loved all the pictures of our lovely little town taken from above, I didn't have any desire to see it from the top...

But Mr. Sangay Sherpa of the Off Road Adventure is a very persuasive person, and he assured me that it would not only be an adventure of a life time, but also an initiation to Para Gliding which would encourage me to crave for more.

Off we went to St. Pauls hills, near Jalpahar, where we had to suit up... I have to be honest, I was most tempted to call off the flying, but then again, that Gorkha pride wouldn't let me quit...

So there I was all suited and booted up ready to fly, with my helmet and clasps all in place... secretly praying for a safe flight...

It was almost an oxymoron, that I had to run down the hill, to fly up in the sky... but here we were... running down the hill and then we took off....

The 1st few minutes after we took off were terrifying, to be honest, as I looked around and could see deep valleys and limitless sky...

But in about 2 minutes into the flight, I had settled in... and the more I looked around, the more smitten I became of our gorgeous hills...

Deep green forests, perfectly complimented by bright blue sky and clouds of varying grey juxtaposed together to create a divine art... the mighty Kanchenjunga up ahead and the Tiger Hills to my right, created a perfect symphony... I could look beyond what my eyes behold... and perhaps for the first time in my life, I could see my home tome...

You know, when you stop looking, and start seeing...

I could see the entire Darjeeling town, the houses big and small, the lives that we have all lived... all summarized in a post-card format in my memory...

As we started to descend towards Lebong, we crossed across all of Darjeeling town... and the generosity and simplicity of our people touched me, as every time I passed someone, they would wave at me... and even though, I couldn't see them properly, nor could they see me, there was this instant connection... I felt at home in the sky... feeling secure in the fact that I was living in Darjeeling - the World's Nicest Place...

I wanted the flight to last forever... but since all good things have to come to an end, mine did too... at Gorkha Stadium Lebong...

For almost 30 minutes, I was perched up in the sky looking down at my beloved town, and it made me realize that Darjeeling will always remain my 1st love.

So the official flying season has begun in Darjeeling and, I highly encourage all of you to try it... Children. Youths and Matured people... this is a MUST DO for everyone and not just the tourists... trust me, you will indeed come out craving for more.

To book your flight do contact:
Phone:+91 98320 54944

By Sriju Bal Tamang, DC