On the edge of Srinagar scarcely associated it to any pukka street close by is the Astanmarg, a lovely little village. Three years back it was gotten as a spot to begin the first paragliding background camp in Kashmir and Jammu, and from that point forward it is gradually turning into an unmistakable name, at minimum among the endeavor lovers.Its fairly intriguing to achieve the spot for paragliding however. Its near to Dara, a town which is placed on the Nishat-Shalimar arrangement street, around 15 km from Srinagar. The street leads towards Dachigam National Park and from that point the trip begins, which is entirely steep and you will require a Safari or a comparable vehicle to take you up. The last 2 km of driveable street is fundamentally simply shakes on a scarcely there street. We got lost no less than four times before we arrived at this street no sign-prepares to leave and you have to always approach the villagers for headings. Be that as it may, I think it added to the exploit and in addition energy for me!(Image by Mansoor)
The last 1.5km is an exquisite trek to the hopping ground. As you stroll up, the dazzling scenes beneath open up – on a crisp morning you can see the majority of Srinagar, Nishat, Dal lake and Shalimar plants alongside the excellent towns underneath. The main piece of the trek is a bit steep, from there on its simply lovely.
It was evening when I first went up and there was a swarm of individuals sitting tight for their turn so didn’t get my an opportunity to bounce that day. There are just four sets of equiptments and after each one bounce they take at some point to come up once more, unto several hours!
Notwithstanding, I made my second excursion at a young hour in the morning and we were prepared to seize 9 am! I was with my picture taker companion and we were the main ones there. Indeed we needed to first awaken pilot in his town and afterward make the bounce. Since, I was a piece of the press dispatch welcomed to the state, they promptly and joyfully went along. The pilots are really all from where paragliding is a highly created undertaking game there, Himanchal Pradesh.
Also what would I be able to say in regards to the hop itself! Its essentially fabulous…the perspective is just not to be taken lightly. After the starting faltering of bouncing off the truly enormous mountain (tallness of 7400 ft), you are just carted away smoothly by the parachute and you can take out your cams, take pictures furthermore chat with the pilot. He can really let you know numerous stories of past hops and some extremely fascinating close misses. The fly down takes around fifteen minutes, and it really depends the wind and air temperature. Its longer toward the evening when the air is hotter.(Image by Sardar Ammar)
This was my first steadily paragliding hop and now I am somewhat eager to attempt numerous all the more, assuredly another in Kashmir itself!
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