Paragliding - Pokhara - view on Himalaya in Nepal

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Paragliding - Pokhara - view on Himalaya in Nepal

Paragliding competition in Pokhara

A three-days long Paragliding competition started in Pokhara on Wednesday (January 19, 2005). A total of 44 paragliders from 14 different nations have participated in the competition, including three women, 37 foreigners and eight Nepali pilots.
Ten of the pilots are from France, seven from Germany, four from Switserland, four from the UK and three from Canada.

Meanwhile, the USA, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Denmark each have one participant. There are also two competitors from neighboring India.
The participants all take off from the hill of Sarangkot, a popular tourist destination north of the Pokhara valley, to the tune of the panche baja (music from five traditional folk instruments). They then soar the skies of Pokhara for almost three hours displaying the colorful chutes before landing at the shores of the majestic Fewa Lake.


The race is billed Cross Country. Before actually racing for the distance, the particpants meander in the air for sometime after taking off from Gothadi in Sarangkot, which lies at an altitude of 1400 meters.
Five judges for the competition are spread in the take-off area, the landing zone, and even the air itself. And very ingeniously, an egg had been placed inside a circle in the landing area to make things even more fun. Paragliders who manage to break it get the maximum points. The scores are awarded on the basis of speed, distance, height and the status of the egg, informed Tikaram Sapkota of the organizing committee.
Only Oli Miller from Germany managed to break the all-important egg on the first day of the competition, while four other participants managed to land inside the circle. The rest ended up on the shores of the lake. "But all the participant had a lot of fun,"maintains Tikaram Sapkota, "This competition had helped to promote Pokhara as a destination for adventure sports".
Bianca Blomberger, 23, a participant from Germany opined that Sarangkot was a very beautiful place for paragliding. She had also taken part in last year's competition.
Sarangkot is one of the five most popular destinations for paragliding in the world. The others include the Rocky Mountains of the Americas, the Deserts of Australia, the French Alps and the Atlas Mountain in Morocco.
The Sarangkot flight is especially popular with tourists because it provides a spectacular view of the mountains, the surrounding hills, the Pokhara valley, Fewa lake and other rivers and streams.
"The fall was pretty intimidating in the first days but after a while you really feel like something's wrong if you don't paraglide for a single day", explains Nepali paraglider Anil Gurung. "The thrill of flying and the beauty of the landscape are all so alluring".
The organizers have been organizing similar paragliding competitions in Pokhara for the last six years. Surprisingly, the participation has been the largest this year.
"We're trying to attract the tourists not by just showing off the mountains but also by promoting Pokhara as a destination for such fun sports, as paragliding" says Basanta Raj Dawadi of Trekking Association of Nepal (TAN) Western Regional Chapter, the organizer.









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