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October 25, 2021

Paragliding has become an attraction

Pokhara. Along with the bustle of domestic tourists in Pokhara, the number of paragliders has also increased.

Krishna Bhandari, president of the Nepal Air Sports Association, said that most of the tourists who come here do paragliding during the Dashain Tihar.

He said that the number of paragliding has also increased due to the arrival of domestic tourists in Pokhara after Corona. “The number of paragliding people in Pokhara is good now, which has made paragliding enthusiasts enthusiastic,” he said.

He said that he had given a 50 percent discount last year but could not give a discount this year “Last year, we flew at a 50 percent discount with the aim of promoting tourism, but that amount made it difficult to raise the operating cost of the flight, so we can’t fly at a discount now.”

He said that the company was not ready to fly at a discount as the equipment had to be repaired and the glider had to be purchased for a long time. According to Bimal Pahari, president of the Paragliding Pilot Club, there were about 400 flights a day during the tenth lunar month and now there are 150 flights a day.

“Domestic tourists interested in adventure sports are raising hopes for commercial flights,” he said. The watchman said that especially the age group of 15 to 40 years is more interested in flying. He has 75 years of flying experience.

According to the watchdog, there are more college students and corporate sector flying. Government employees are few. 20 percent of Kaski district and 80 percent of other districts enjoy the flight.

Hetauda’s Sijan and Ramita Koirala, who came here to take advantage of the Dashain festival, said that they were very happy to see the beautiful scenery of Pokhara and its surroundings from paragliding. “The beauty of the tourist city of Pokhara is like a bird’s eye view.

There are 338 paragliders licensed by the Air Sports Association, including 12 women. There are 60 paragliding companies. There is an investment of around Rs one billion in this sector. Now you can enjoy flying for six thousand rupees.

Director of Himalaya Sky Adventure Paragliding Company, Madhav Tiwari, said that the flight was being carried out keeping in view the safety and security. He said that in the past, some accidents were made public due to the negligence and weakness of the cute pilot and now special security vigilance has been adopted in the flight.

He said, “One incident in the past had raised suspicions that the skies of Pokhara were unsafe. Therefore, flight safety has been tightened and flights have been flown with full security. ” Operator Tiwari said that both the pilot and the passenger should abide by the flight rules.

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