Paragliding in Nainital – Flying Options, Best Time and Organisers

Paragliding in Nainital is a delight for adventure junkies who seek to experience the thrill of soaring high in the sky like a bird and enjoying the magnificent aerial view. This sport of riding lightweight glider aircrafts has found many takers in India and is a favourite among tourists who visit the gorgeous hill town of Nainital.

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For first-timers who are not sure about how to reach Nainital for paragliding, the hill station is well-linked to all nearby places by an extensive road network and also offers excellent bus connectivity to several important destinations in northern India. In fact, Nainital is an easily commutable distance from Delhi, and due to its proximity, residents of the national capital are known to make frequent weekend trips to the resort town.

If you are planning to indulge in paragliding in Nainital, it is advisable that you pre-book a package with a renowned activity operator. Booking a package in advance will help you get the best deal. During my last visit, paragliding in Nainital cost me and a friend around ₹2,500, but the price varies depending on which organiser you are booking your package from and where you intend to paraglide.

Most of the Nainital paragliding packages have weight restrictions of 15kg to 85kg. The flight duration also varies, and so do the packages. Medium flying experience ranges between 3 and 9 minutes, the high flying is between 15 and 20 minutes and the long flying ranges between 30 to 45 minutes. These flying divisions cost according to the duration and takeoff sites. The location of paragliding is the same for all flying division – a 3km long stretch from Bhimtal Lake to Naukuchiatal on Jungaliya Gaon Road.

Flying options for paragliding in Nainital

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In general, there are three flying options for paragliding in Nainital: the Normal Fly, in which you get to soar high for a full 3 to 10 minutes in the air; the Short Fly, in which the flying time is very short and ranges between 30 to 90 seconds; and the High Fly, where the flying time is 15 to 45 minutes long. Please note that the actual flying time may vary, depending on the condition of the wind.

Best time for paragliding in Nainital

The best time for paragliding in Nainital is from March to June in the summers and October to December in the winters. Though there aren’t any restrictions for paragliding in Nainital, it is generally recommended that the flyer weighs between 15 to 90 kgs. And if you’re wondering what to wear for paragliding, wear comfortable clothes and opt for a good pair of shoes or trainers that provide a good grip while taking off and landing.

Paragliding organisers in Nainital

Paragliding in Nainital is available in Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal, two places known for their serenity and pristinely beautiful landscapes. You can enjoy an amazing flying experience from any of following paragliding organisers:

Eagle Eye Adventure

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They offer tandem flights on a free-flying foot-launched glider at Bhimtal. The glider does not have any engine, but is able to free fly for quite some time. The ride is guided by a highly trained pilot who sits in a harness. You are allowed to take your camera along to get magnificent ‘bird’s eye view’ shots of the landscapes or take some selfies. The total duration of the activity is inclusive of briefing by instructors, strapping on and off of safety harness, and actual flying time.
Cost: ₹1,350 per person
Timings available: 9 am to 5 pm

Himalayan Adventure Institute

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The Himalayan Adventure Institute (HAI) is registered and affiliated with the Uttarakhand Tourism and is backed by experienced and well-trained local pilots and instructors, who also happen to be locals. They are guaranteed to provide a safe but great two-seater joy ride in Naukuchiatal.
Cost: ₹1,150 per person.
Timings available: 9 am to 4 pm

Sky Bird Adventures

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Take part in the spectacular activity of paragliding in Nainital with Sky Bird Adventures, whose instructors are licensed and experienced paragliders. They lay great emphasis on the safety of the riders and use world-class paragliding equipment for their joyrides and long rides. They offer a complimentary bike ride of up to 1 km from landing to the flyer’s vehicle. And for their High Flying and Long Flying packages, they also offer an about 5km jeep safari for free.
Cost: ₹1,500 per person.
Timings available: 9 am to 5 pm

Hawk Eye’s Paragliding and Adventure Club

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Hawk Eye’s is a dual tandem paragliding organiser and one of the first companies to offer paragliding trips to non-experienced flyers. Theirs is the highest commercial take off point in Uttarakhand for paragliding activities. They also offer some of the best deals for the sport.
Cost: ₹1,111 per person.
Timings available: 9 am to 5 pm

Northern Kings Tours & Travels

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The instructors at Northern Kings Tours & Travels are highly trained professional who provides hands-on training to beginners on how to fly a paraglider. They also offer a variety of adventure activities such as parallel rope walk, rock climbing, rappelling, and flying fox.
Cost: ₹1,500 per person.
Timings available: 7 am to 5 pm

Bhimtal Adventure Club

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Experience the fun and thrill of paragliding in Nainital with the Bhimtal Adventure Club, who offer paragliding sessions in Pandegava. They offer solo rides, couple rides and rides for kids as well. They also provide a complimentary mineral water bottle to each flyer.
Cost: ₹1,400 per person.
Timings available: 9 am to 6 pm

High Flyer

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All of High Flyer’s tandem pilots are experienced professionals and their gliders are new and advanced. They are capable of handling large groups who want to experience paragliding in Nainital. They also offer package deals that include stay at resorts, campsites and other adventure activities.
Cost: ₹1,500 per person.

That’s it from my side. Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Paragliding is an adrenaline rush adventure activity that a visitor to Nainital must enjoy.
    I recently did this near Naukuchiatal (Sep 30) and price was Rs 1500 + 500 for Go-Pro action cam flight recording.They also arrange photographer to take your photograph when you descend at the drop point.

    They say , a good flight depends on correct weight and nice wind.

    • Well said Himanshu! There are experienced trainers available to provide hands-on training to beginners on how to paraglide and enjoy that perfect flight.

  2. I think paragliding has recently started in Nanital. The last time I was here (which was way back in the 1990s) this thing did not even exist.

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