Day 2 started late as as one of us had to wake us up as were were getting late for breakfast .So our friend Rony did that dirty job of waking us all up but we were elated to see the awesome breakfast spread .Post breakfast the ladies wanted to visit the town and the tourist attractions. I wanted to see them too and also due to my interest in photography I went ahead with them while the guys and one of the ladies(Hiya) stayed back as they wanted to relax .
Our first stop was a Tibetan Monastery on the way to Dealo . We had to trek a bit to reach the top of the hill where it was located . The buddhist prayer flags made the way even beautiful as they fluttered in the wind .the tiredness of the trek was gone as the prayer was on and the gong sounds felt divine . We were given some Prasad and what struck my eye was the Indian Tricolour fluttering along with the prayer flags on the hilltop which gave me immense happiness and pride .
After visiting the Gumpha , we went ahead towards Deolo as the shops kept luring for Paragliding throughout the route , Kalimpong is amongst very few places in India which has parasailing adventure sports .Avoiding the lure we went ahead towards Deolo , a very popular tourist spot and view point which gives you a panoramic view of the Kalimpong town and nearby areas.Frankly speaking we were a bit disappointed as there were better view points along the road . this place was nothing but advertisement . The fog didn't even let me click decent photographs but the dampened spirits were awakened as we decided to go ahead with a risky sport , paragliding . Three of us Munmun, Pritam(Munmun's brother ) and myself decided to go ahead with the challenge while Eepsa and Sanghamitra decided to stay back and not take unnecessary risks .
It was expensive as it cost us around 2200 per head after extreme bargaining which was done by Munmun. We being from Siliguri and knowing the local language(Nepali) helped us get this hefty discount .The peak season rates go up to Rs 3500 per head.
I went ahead with this because I have an extreme fear of heights and I needed to break that . Before taking off we were made to sign a bond that stated that its a dangerous sport and nobody would be held responsible for any mishaps . I just went ahead and signed .
The take off was smooth but as I went higher , I could feel the strong wind and the chill , the things below started getting smaller and smaller , the chill inside me gave me a strange feeling of satiety and apprehension . I kept taking the video and also kept talking to the guide . Once we were too far up , I could feel my guide struggling to negotiate the wind and was having a bit of difficult taking the parachute down for landing . In the distance I could see the parachutes of Pritam and Munmun making their landing . Just then my guide asked me to shut down the cam and sit tight . he suddenly dis some zig zag maneuver which almost made me puke all over myself coz I could feel that I turned quite a few times but finally I could see my parachute inching closer to land as I left a sigh of relief .
We landed on a football ground way below the starting point and we were taken back by them to our starting point where we had kept the car and friends waiting .
They were relieved to see us and kept sharing about what they heard about paragliding while why were way up . One out of the hazards as stated was that some paraglider had reached Sikkim because the winds were too string for them to land back at Kalimpong . We were relieved to be back though ????