Manali (Himachal Pradesh), June 15 : Paragliding that is a relatively new aero-sport for many in the country, is steadily popularizing especially in Himachal Pradesh, where it has emerged as a major charm for tourists who wish to enjoy it as they visit the scenic State.
Thousands of people from different parts of the Indian and abroad have found Himachal, as their ultimate destination to cherish this adventurous and nerve-wracking sport.
Himachal is known for its adventure sports activities.
Besides being a major attraction for tourists, paragliding has also generated a lot of opportunities for local residents here in various localities.
Hundreds of local youth are today engaged in this adventure sport to offer full enjoyment to the tourists and value for money. .
It's been only a decade when tandem flying was started here otherwise it existed here since 1989. The slopes in Solang Nala near Manali offer some of the finest sites to enjoy this sport.
Catrine a German tourist, said: "I came to Manali and was looking for the sport that I can attempt. I found it's possible to fly here. It's great. I just came over and asked the instructor. He said that it's possible to fly and I should try it and now, I am enjoying it."
"This is the first time that I did it and it was wonderful experience. (While gliding) I looked at Valley. It looked great. I could see everything. It was a great experience," said Vivek, tourist.
Every year over nine million tourists visit Himachal Pradesh out of this seven million tourist visit Kullu and Manali areas of the State.
It not only helps the tourism industry but also generates temporary employment for a lot of local youth. They offer different package for tourists as per tourists' convenience and also manage to earn their livelihood. By Prem