The Day I flew
I woke up at 6 the next morning. I had planned to do an adventure activity, since I had half a day left before my next journey. I opened the window to check the outside conditions. Thankfully there were no clouds, I witnessed the rays of sun hit the mountain range. Just 30 minutes later, the mountain ranges were not at all visible due to fog, and this drama kept happening. If had I been a lyricist, I could have written an award-winning Bollywood song in one go. After some time, weather conditions were under control.
Paragliding was one of the items on my bucket list. So, I decided to experience it in Darjeeling as the view here was spectacular in my opinion. I had booked my tickets on the previous day to be sure. After I got ready I went to the Off Road Adventure office. We picked up one more passenger and headed up to the mountain. After 20 minutes of off road experience we finally reached the destination where we had to walk for 10 more minutes to reach the wide downward slope area. I was with a guide and he was working with the parachute and other equipment. While doing that, he asked me "Are you a good runner?". I simply looked at him. He didn't stop there, he said I am going to attach all these equipment on you, and when I say run, you must RUN!! Okay?" As a super excited kid, I said "Okayyyyy!!". Once we were done with the safety check, he shouted, "Okay, 3 2 1, RUNNNNNNNN!" I moved my legs as fast as I could, but after 2 steps I felt I was still at the same place as the drag from the parachute was so strong, literally I felt like running on the treadmill. It was hilarious. Couple more steps later, we were finally off the ground! The view as we were Paragliding across was amazing!! It was one of the best and my first bird's eye view ever. The entire flight probably took about 15 - 20 minutes. It was such a wonderful experience, it felt so much shorter! Though I am not that afraid of heights, I could hear my heart beating like crazy when my feet were in the air. Trust me I really can't explain how I felt while up in the air, it was incredible!