On our way back to Manali i told our taxi driver to take us to Solang Valley (which was not discussed earlier) and after convincing my brother we finally reached the valley.
Solang Valley aka Solang Nala among locals as the name is combination of two words Solang (the village) and Nala (river stream) is an all season tourist spot of Manali,a heaven for adventure junkies.it has a range of adventure sports and activities from Zorbing,biking,horse riding and Paragliding in summers to Skiing when its snow in winters depending on time of the year and weather conditions.It is widely famous for ultimate Paragliding site of Himachal Pradesh with splendid views of snowy mountains all around.Paragliding is much enjoyed and pursued by tourists and adventure seekers among other activities to get thrilling experience of soaring in the sky.
Enquiring certified trainers,clearing doubts and filling mandatory declaration form i was ready to experience first extreme adventure of my life!.my instructor took me to Paragliding jump point through a cable car which was delightful and is the best way to calm your mind and nerves to get ready for ultimate experience while ascending to a prominent altitude of 3500 feet.
With a short briefing of 10 minutes and providing safety gears instructor harnesses tandem with me and it was time to Jump! (the most critical part) as for parachute to open and to traverse some distance in the air before landing down you will have to jump from higher altitude.on the command of instructor i ran and with all my guts i took leap of faith,thank god parachute opens and i started soaring in the sky much above giant peaks,it was getting more excited than scary with each minutes passing by.i was flying like a bird with a mesmerising view of sprawling green valley with snow capped Kullu ranges at the backdrop.instructor made it more enthralling with some swirls ,swing and rotating parachute upside down during the 15-20 minute of flight.enjoy the splendid view of snow laden mountains with dense green conifer forest and a meandering while soaring up high before landing at the valley where this activity ends.