What is paragliding? +

Paragliding is the closest humans can get to the feeling of flying like a bird. It is a fun, safe way to experience flight in its simplest form. You simply lay out a wing on a hillside or mountain, inflate it over your head like a kite, run a few steps and before you know it you've stepped off into the sky! Once in the air, a pilot is able to maintain and even gain altitude using lifting air currents and thermals. Landing a paraglider is extremely easy. A pilot simply steers it into the landing area, and glides down for a very gentle touch down back on to earth.

What exactly is a paraglider? +


A paraglider is a foot-launched, ram-air, airfoil canopy, flown and landed with no other energy than the wind, gravity, and the pilot's muscle power. It gets lift from the wind and sun, providing a way to soar along a ridge or to rise in the warm air of invisible, thermal currents.



Paragliders are an advanced evolutionary aircraft that can go places and do things unlike any other vehicle. The equipment is non – rigid fabric construction. High-performance fabrics coupled with a growing comprehension of our micro-metrology have permitted the development of this incredible sport. The entire paragliding set (wing, harness, helmet) up weighs less than twenty kilos and easily fits into a backpack.

How does it fly? +

Paragliders are aircraft which fly by the same aerodynamic principles that keep Boeings in the sky. However, unlike Boeings, paragliders are delightfully slow aircraft, with a very small speed range. You can inflate it in nil wind, stabilize it overhead with a touch of the brakes, launch it at a steady trot, and yet it will also fly forward in quite a strong breeze. It turns with a gentle pull on a single handle, or will fly straight, with a little more than an occasional shift of your shoulders. It is far easier to handle a paraglider in the air than on the ground.

How high/ far can a paraglider fly? +

Paragliders are restricted from flying above 18,000 feet. (Oxygen is normally used above 10,000.) Paragliders have been launched from the highest mountains of the world including Everest.

The difference between a Paraglider and a hang glider? +

Paragliding is often confused with Hang Gliding.

Paragliders are non powered aircraft weighing around 12 to 15 kgs, and can be carried in a back pack to any flyable site. It is made of double layer Ribstop Nylon cloth (reinforced and polyurethane coated to make it non porous) with no rigid parts whatsoever. It is Inflated and maintained purely by the movement of air across its surface. The pilot sits below the wing, in a harness that is connected to the wing by suspension lines made of kevlar or De enema. He steers by pulling on one of two lines, known as brake lines.

Hang Gliders too are non-powered aircraft weighing more and bulkier. They are fixed wing aircraft and take more time to rig-up and dismantle and are physically more demanding while training. Being bulky they cannot be carried by one person or put into the boot of a car but need to be strapped onto the roof of a vehicle. The pilot lies in a prone position and manoeuvres with the help of a bar that he holds onto in-flight. Hang Gliders have more speed than paragliders and being rigid can consequently take off in stronger wind conditions.

What is a tandem flight? +

If you are interested in experiencing the joys of a high paragliding flight, without having the bother of learning try a tandem flight. The Tandem flights use a wing large enough to hold two people, a pilot and passenger. Each person has their own harness, which are attached together, with the passenger in front, and the pilot right behind. This is a great way to experience what it is like to fly an un-powered craft.

Is a Paraglider different from a parachute? +


A paraglider is similar to a modern SKYDIVING canopy, but differs in several important ways. The paraglider is foot-launched from the ground either by running down a hill or being towed into the air. The construction is generally much lighter, as it doesn't have it withstand the sudden shock of opening at high velocities.

Is Paragliding like BASE Jumping? +

A paraglider is similar to a modern SKYDIVING canopy, but differs in several important ways. The paraglider is foot-launched from the ground either by running down a hill or being towed into the air. The construction is generally much lighter, as it doesn't have it withstand the sudden shock of opening at high velocities.

What's a Parasail? +


That's what you ride at the beach. It's a modified parachute connected by a rope to a boat. The driver of the boat determines where you go and where you land. Paragliders fly free. In a parasail you're a passenger, in a paraglider you are a PILOT.

What is free flight? +

Quite simply it is the ability to fly freely like a bird. No machines. Other names for free flight - foot launched flight, human aviation Paragliding and Hang Gliding are two aviation sports that come under this category of foot launched, free flight.

Next Steps

Checkout our 4 Paragliding Courses from Basic to Advanced.

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Want to experience paragliding without learning? We recommend Tandem Paragliding for you.

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