It was the day for sky-diving. So after an elaborate breakfast at our Hotel (Details with Prices listed below), we headed out for the adventure. I was never an adventure junkie but the idea of trying out something that I might get have never experienced before always got me up to my toes. So this was going to be the first Paragliding experience of my life. Boy was I nervous!! So while heading towards Kullu from Manali main town, there were rows of stalls towards your left where the booking counters would be. Each stall was manned by the pilots and their assistants who would help them with the booking. The pilots are mostly licenced and experienced but you still need to check on those before you would want to take off into the sky. We finished up with the booking procedure after the necessary checks, it took us around 4,500 bucks for the booking after bargain. They drove us to the top of the mountain on one of those Chevrolet Mini Trucks. It was a good twenty five minutes drive and the journey to the top was beautiful with trees and creepers interspersed with mud houses and barren openings. The terrain was Rocky and the ride was rough. To top it up I was the only lady in the van. Thankfully I had my husband beside me to remind me that it would be all worth it once I was in the air.
And so it was, the pilots are all well trained and communicative, they guide you well throughout and while you are on the air, everything else seems to be secondary, all fears are secondary, you feels like a bird high up in the air, looking beneath at the tiny river, the miniscule trees and the mountains all around you. It's an uncomparable experience in life and one cannot forget those moments spent above gliding through the mountains, past the rivers and trees and man made roads and cars.
Post paragliding we spent most of the day eating out at the mall road. The steaming Momos and hot Aloo paranthas were just mouth watering and life saving at the same time. And after a good time spent walking around and shopping at the Manali Club House where you get all sorts of local handicrafts, we finally retired to our hotel late in the evening spending the remaining time with the luxuries at the hotel.
(Hotel Details - Allure Grand Resort, Manali Rohtang Road, Bahang, Manali. The hotel is centrally heated. Try going for the river facing rooms as they have a breathtaking view to offer, Hotel amenties are really great and the staff are all well trained. Major plus point are the grand buffet meals at a very nominal rate)