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An unforgettable trip

Written by  Dilprit Sabarwal
Dilprit Sabharwal and other Team Nirvana pilots visited God's own country for a paragliding holiday.
Vagamon - Kerala, India - April 2006

An unforgettable trip. Being with family, friends and like minded people from various parts of the world, all with a common objective of flying at quite a virgin site.

The flying site was at 3000 ft above sea level amidst tea estates of Vagamon Idukki district of Kerala. Our closest landing spot was 5 kms away a playground in a small village and the site's height was more than enough to make it to the landing area without any trouble.

The very first day we all rigged up our wings and went straight for landing one after the other, where we had mob of locals to come and welcome us who were extremely friendly. There were jeeps organised by Kerala tourism to take us back to the top through the dense rainforest, which was a great experience by itself .

The local pilots with the help of Kerala tourism had done a great job with our accommodation, meals and all the other arrangements. One night they had organised a bonfire and barbecue at campsite in the forest, and during the day separate jeeps were organised for pilots families to go sight seeing.

On the last day we all flew down again to the village, a spot landing target was made, and a fellow from Pune won the spot landing competition. This time when we landed we had the locals welcome us with cute garlands and there were lot more villagers this time.

It all ended well with a nice party organised by them in the middle of the tea estates at a heritage house which was built by the British 100 odd years back, There was a live band and Christoff danced a lot.

Dilprit Sabarwal

Dilprit Sabarwal

(Chintu) is a director with Spareage India Ltd and lives in Mumbai. A keen sports enthusiast, he did his beginner Paragliding (P1) course with Nirvana Adventures in 2002 and signed up for the Novice course (P2) in 2003. He continued to stay in touch with the sport, renting out equipment from Nirvana Adventures and flying as frequently as he could until he became the proud owner of the Airwave Sport 3 in Nov 2005. Since then he has been flying frequently at Kamshet getting to know his wing better. Vagamon was his first free flying trip.

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