11 hours ago...
We hit the road around 5 A.M in the morning. I was too excited to think of anything else except than that I was on an adventure trip, on my birthday! My friends have planned for 3 days trip to Lonavala by road from Hyderabad. With impetuous thoughts in my mind, I waited anxiously to see the plan unfold.
We took the Mumbai-Pune highway road with a hope to reach the gliding site well in time. We sped up the first 200 km as the road was decent enough. The next 100 km was a dry ride with lot of diversions and potholes our way. It took nearly two hours to cross this path until we took the Pune Express highway.
The paragliding site was at Kamshet, a town near Lonavala. Usually that is where the adventure takes off. Luckily enough, all thanks to the Pune Expressway, we reached the site on time for flying. The road to the Paragliding site was quite bumpy. If one were to depend on the booking coordinator for a ride till there, the only way to reach was to hire a Jeep provided by them.
We had to trek up a small hill to get to a convenient height for flying. Though paragliding is a prominent sport, I was appalled looking at the crowd that evening. There were limited number of flyers, few trying for the first time and few getting themselves trained to soar high in the sky!
Once we reached the spot, my emotions knew no bounds, like always! I was thrilled at the first look of it. I was all geared up with my GoPro, ready to take the plunge. The moment my feet were off the ground, I shouted at the top of my voice, letting the whole town listening to my screams of joy. The ride lasted for 13 minutes.
It started with the first 3 minutes flying low to the ground. Once it gained momentum, we gradually rose to 200 ft above ground! My mentor who steered the parachute was amicable enough. We indulged in a short conversation and from what I learnt, he has been flying from the past 10 years and every time he is up in the sky, he feels its magical! Maybe that is what passion is all about. We never cease to be amazed from what we love.
After a good 10 minutes, he asked me to brace myself and hold tight. I was thrilled! All I had in my mind was its going to be a usual descend down to the ground. Little had i known that, the descend would be that amazing. I got twisted and twirled like a tornado three to four times and it was sheer adrenaline rush! The descend lasted for about 15 seconds to the max but I felt my heart thumping for more than a minute.