The best time to do paragliding in Manali is from April to June. It is the time when the climatic conditions in the Solang valley remain suitable for carrying out various outdoor adventure activities.
The condition of weather plays an important role in paragliding and at all times, the flight is canceled if the condition of weather starts to deteriorate. You should keep one more thing in your mind if you come to Manali for paragliding is that you either try the sport in the early morning hours or late afternoon hours so that you get a perfect view of the amazing vistas below.
Here are 5 Govt. Approved Paragliding Sites in Manali.
1. Solang Valley :- It is 14km from Manali,also known as Adventure Valley. Mainly here are two type of Paragliding Activities occurs that is Short fly and long fly. Short fly is of 60-90 sec. and Long fly is of 5-10 minutes . Gondola ride is use to reach take off site for long fly so rate of ride is more. And for short fly you don’t need to use Gondola ride.
2. Dobhi :- This place is 22km from Manali toward Kullu. It is most Famous Site across Manali because longest & Highest Paragliding is done here. Ride takes 8-15 minutes fly time in the air from take off to landing over Beas River. It is also first Private landing site in Manali. River Rafting site is just 3km from here.
3. Rohtang Marhi :- This is most Dangerous site across Manali. It is on the way to Rohtang Pass. You con’t predict on the storm coming here. No Pilot in the storm can control the parachute therefore having risk of life. Here you can enjoy fly 2-3 minutes in the air.
4. Buruwa Shanag :- This site is near to Solang Valley. This site is suitable for those who do not want to pay high charges for fly in Solang Valley. Because here car is use to reach take off site instead of Gondola ride like Solang Valley. That’s the reason charge for ride is less here. In this site you can enjoy fly 5-10 minutes in the air following breathtaking view of valley.
5. Taleti Talogi :- This site is not Famous site like others. The main Reason is that is is very far from Manali. It is more then 50km from Mananli & other is that the Landing Area is very Limited, that’s why the Chance of crash is very high. Here you can enjoy fly 5-10 minutes in the air.
Minimum age limit is 5 years and age between 5-14 years are only allowed to fly with their guardian and family member. A passenger aged between 5-14 years must have the undertaking form signed by a guardian. We have flown passengers from 14 to 80 years of age.
Paragliding in Manali is super safe as normal driving on road. The fatality rate is very less compared to any other adventure sport. If you are coming to Manali for taking part in the adventure sport, Paragliding, then you should take care of all the safety precautions and follow the guidelines specified by the authorities strictly in order to evade any possible abnormalities in the course of your flight.
Being an adventure sport, paragliding in Manali remains vulnerable to dangers, so taking proper precautions and making no mistakes on your part will keep you safe.
We use an adjustable harness and two different sized wings to cater for nearly every shape and size. As a general rule we can easily cope with someone from 40 kg to more than 100 kg and a height of 120 cm to 200 cm. If you are near to or outside the extremes of these ranges please advise us and we will endeavour to accommodate your size.
Wearing clothes and shoes suitable for some physical activity is required:
• Sturdy shoes or trekking sandals that you would go for a brisk walk jog or play sport in. Preferably with a closed toe to better protect your feet.
• A warm top long pants, Even if the day is hot. On a cold day it can be very chilly, so rug up.
• Glasses or sunglasses are fine. If they are loose you may want to secure them before flight.
• Sunscreen, hat and water – sometimes we have to patiently wait for the conditions to be just right.
Being a passenger is not physically demanding. While flying you sit back and relax. During the launch phase you may be asked to jog a few steps at take-off and and/or landing. Typically if someone can walk up and down a flight of stairs or climb a small ladder they are able to be a tandem passenger. If you have a past or existing injury or weakness that may be aggravated by a sudden change of pace or direction while walking or jogging then paragliding is best avoided. As with most physical activity if you have a joint or muscular problem it may be aggravated by a tandem flight.
There are many types of physical and mental disabilities and many people challenged with a disability can still enjoy the freedom of a tandem flight experience. It really depends on the nature of the disability. We are keen to share our passion for flight with anyone who feels likewise. Usually the person with the disability and/or their carer will know if a tandem flight is possible and we are happy to chat through the possibilities.
There are many levels of being ‘scared of heights’. There is a big difference between a healthy caution of heights and a true fear of heights. If you exhibit obvious and severe physical symptoms, such as sweating, dizziness, nausea, when close to an edge, in a glass elevator, or even just thinking about being high, then paragliding is not going to be so enjoyable. If you simply feel a bit anxious and/or excited about your tandem flight then you are normal.
It is not common but it is possible that you may feel nervous. About one in every fifty people feels a little bit sick when flying but usually only if we do fast turns. We minimise the possibility of you feeling sick by checking how you are feeling during a flight and before we do any fast turns. If you are not feeling well we slow things down and just cruise around to allow you to recover and enjoy. We estimate only one person in every thousand are actually sick while in the air. Of course we land as quickly and gently as possible when someone is truly feeling sick.
For small groups of two or more passengers each will be flown in a separate tandem either simultaneously or consecutively. Our operators have several qualified pilots, Depending on pilot availability you can choose to either fly simultaneously (the same time) or consecutively (one after the other). Some passengers want to fly in the air at the same time, e.g. to wave at each other and/or take video/photography in the air, others prefer to fly consecutively, e.g. to take video/photography from the ground, look after children/pets, etc. Whenever possible we let you make the choice.
Paragliding requires a certain strength and direction of wind to enjoy a safe flight. Of course we must fly during daylight and we cannot fly in the rain. We make every effort to forecast weather in advance so that you and your pilot only travel to launch if there is a good chance of flying. However, the weather is unpredictable and full of surprises. If the booked time is not suitable for flying we simply make arrangements for another day that does suit. Many people are lucky and their preferred day is rewarded with a great flight. Others may require two or three different booking times to finally get airborne. We will communicate with each other the day before and/or the morning of the flight to confirm the weather and the likelihood of flying.
You are welcome to bring a camera, phone or Go-Pro with you on the flight to record pictures and/or video. We recommend you have a strap around your neck or wrist to secure the camera and any loss or damage to the device is your responsibility. If a friend or family member is available they can take some photos/video of your launch and landing. Some of our pilots will have a Go-Pro available on the day and for an extra fee can arrange for some video or photos while in the air. The current rate for producing a short video with a couple of photos for you is 500 rupees though this can vary between pilots.
Paragliding like any other action or adventure sport has obvious risks. You will be asked to read, complete and sign a form provided by Government Authorities that outlines the obvious risks of paragliding, informs you of the potential for accident or injury and requiring you to assume the risks involved. The only insurance coverage is third party insurance covering other people and property, not the tandem pilot or the passenger. All personal insurance such as medical, income protection, disability and life insurance are the sole responsibility of the individual. We need to make it clear that whilst we will minimise risks and take reasonable care of you in flight you must assume the whole risk of injury, damage or loss and will not hold Paragliding Operators, its directors, employees, contractors or volunteers, in any way liable for whatever might happen before, during or after the tandem flight experience, or for any injury, loss or damage of any kind.
It is best for you if you Pay Advance payment to avoid crowd & sold out.