Paragliding is a recreational activity which makes you fly high in the sky just like the colorful birds. People often confuse paragliding with parasailing, but these too are very different from each other. The concepts are similar but paragliding takes you up to 100 meters in the sky or much more than that unlike parasailing. Paragliding is such an activity which has been invented long back and holds a special place in people’s heart. To have a view just like the birds do is what this 15 minutes paragliding would make you experience.
As history speaks, in the year 1961, a French engineer Pierre Lemoigne decided to improvise the design of the parachute into a paraglider so it ascends up in the air. Many engineers and scientists came up and made changes in the design. In the year 1978, all the changes were combined into what we call today the paraglider. The three friends who brought in the final result were Jean-Clause Betemps, Andre Bohn and Gerard Bosson. Ultimately NASA did the final touch and took the credit of naming our favorite recreational sports-PARAGLIDER. Will Gadd, with a paragliding journey of 263 miles is the world champion of paagliding
In India, paragliding takes place in a lot of locations but because of Goa’s beauty people prefer experiencing it in Goa. It is so exciting and interesting, it surely gives you adrenaline rush and goosebumps. But once you are up in the air, all your fear burst like bubbles.
Location of Paragliding in and around Goa
There are many popular beaches in and around Goa that offers paragliding at best cost. You can this refreshing activity in North Goa as well as in South Goa. Some of the best paragliding locations in Goa are:
Paragliding in Arambol
People love Arambol beach because of its peacefulness and night life. It is located in North Goa which is a tourist oriented zone. You will find a lot of people enjoying watersports here and you can enjoy Paragliding here.
Paragliding in Anjuna
The party zone and the most happening beach, Anjuna welcomes maximum number of tourists in a year. Though the beach is not as long as Arambol, but you can enjoy paragliding here too. The majestic view of the coconut trees on the hilly beaches is a view people crave to get. There are other activities too that takes place on the beach, but you would love to go for flying in the air just like the birds.
Paragliding in Calangute
Calangute beach is a great combination of golden sand, people with colorful beachwear’s and hawkers selling chatpata snacks. Going for paragliding in Calangute is a must. At best price, have fun and fly in the air for 15 minutes. Get the glimpse of the beach with so many people and ofcourse the pristine Arabian Sea.
Paragliding in Colva and Mobor
These two south Goa beaches are known for their length and peacefulness. Apart from all the other watersports like jet skiing, speed boat rides, etc., paragliding also gets a lot of attention.
Paragliding in Gokarna
Located in the spiritual land of Karnataka, Gokarna also offers paragliding to tourists. You can also enjoy some delicious dishes here and then hop on to ascend in the air and enjoy the cool air of Karnataka.
Paragliding price in Goa
Paragliding in Goa will cost you around Rs3000 per person. Rs3000 is the price for an hour long paragliding package. You can opt for the one which is cheaper and offers less time span like for 15 minutes. Though you can try to bargain and the price might differ in different locations.
The experience of paragliding is such that paying an amount for it won’t matter. The adrenaline rush and excitement that rushes you to fly in the air is something that a few lucky people get to experience. Paragliding is also included in watersports or water activities in Goa packages. One can check out with various websites to know about the price range and also about the activity.
Paragliding Package details
Paragliding is a very easy activity as it doesn’t require any skills, you just have to listen to your instructor. It is one of the safest activities in Goa. Even if there is any operational error, it is a rare possibility that the pilot sustains any injury. It is the smoothest adventure. The saying speed is the need does not go well with paragliding as in this you enjoy it better slow. You can enjoy the aerial view of the party capital in 15 minutes.
The next level excitement
Flying above the massive pristine Arabian Sea gives a beautiful feeling. Before your activity starts, you have to listen to your instructor carefully as all your do’s and don’ts will be explained to you. You will be geared up with all the safety equipments. A harness will strap you to the parachute and you will be connected to the instructor’s harness by a connector. It is easy here because your instructor will have the total control, you don’t have to do anything. You just have to run a few metres and jump to fly high in the sky.
Things to remember
- Children above the age of 12 will be charged the full price
- Wear comfortable and tight clothes
- Don’t overeat before your activity as it will give you a feel of vomiting
- Make sure the weather condition is normal, don’t let yourself in a bad weather condition
- Don’t litter the beaches and the Arabian sea
- Listen to the pilot or the paraglide instructor carefully.
- If you have any health issue, the guide needs to be informed prior to your activity.
- Keep yourself hydrated.
For the first timer it can be a bit scary but once you take the flight, it becomes your favorite adventure activity. The guide will explain every bit of it and you just have to explore Goa from a different angle. Various tour packages include paragliding and speed boat activities, you have to select the one which fits in your bucket list.