Mandi to emerge as new paragliding destination

Mandi to emerge as new paragliding destination

A paraglider takes flight at Spenidhar in Mandi. Jai Kumar

Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 21

Tourists will now be able to have an exciting experience of paragliding In Mandi district. The Tourism Department has cleared commercial paragliding at Prashar and Spenidhar, two famous tourist destinations in Mandi.

Pankaj Sharma, Deputy Director of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Mandi, said that Prashar and Spenidhar had become the first notified paragliding destinations of the district. Yunus Khan, Director of the Tourism Department, had issued orders to this effect.

Notified destinations

  • Pankaj Sharma, Deputy Director of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Mandi, said Prashar and Spenidhar had become the first notified paragliding destinations of the district
  • Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Rugved Thakur said that the commencement of commercial paragliding activities in the district would give an impetus to the tourism industry here

“Last year, the technical committee of the Tourism Department had visited the Prashar area of the Drang Assembly segment and Spenidhar in the Saraj assembly segment and inspected the paragliding sites. The committee had recommended paragliding activities there, saying both sites were suitable for paragliding,” he added.

“Commercial tandem flights have been allowed at these sites. Pilots registered with the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation will be able to do paragliding at Prashar and Spenidhar. Adventure tourism and sports activities will be started here in Mandi like at Bir-Billing in Kangra district. Efforts will be made to encourage paragliding here,” he said.

“The Tourism Department has trained many youths in paragliding in Mandi. Now, they will stand to benefit from paragliding activities here,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Rugved Thakur said that the commencement of commercial paragliding activities in the district would give an impetus to the tourism industry here. This would also generate self-employment opportunities for the local youth.

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