The azure blue skies looked inviting! A few clouds drifted aimlessly in the sky as the wind was picking up. I looked back at the massive canopy of the parachute getting bigger as the draught of air bellowed in!
|Getting Ready for takeoff at Naukuchiatal/Not to miss Adidas jacket!|
‘When I tell you to walk, don’t bend your knees but continue to walk’, my instructor advised me. I looked down and my heart almost skipped a beat! There was a void after three steps on the slope where I stood dangerously perched on an incline of a hill almost 6000 feet high! I switched on the camera of my mobile facing it towards me to capture the moment. Another gust of wind and the instructor ordered, ‘Start walking’!
I moved forward, one, two, three steps, and wow even before the third step my legs dangled in the air as a huge gust of wind tore through my face. I was momentarily lifted up in the air and as I looked down, it was a spectacle worth dying for! The paragliding experience had become a reality! Huge hills stared back at me and the distant Naukuchiatal lake shimmered in the sun light. I felt like an eagle floating in the sky, as my instructor perched on my back, maneuvered the strings of the parachute to go around. The trees and people, the roads all looked so small! Slowly, the chute started descending towards the mother earth. Every moment was a flight into fantasy, which I had never envisioned till just a few hours ago!
|Soaring the skies|
We had arrived at Bhimtal for the day, dedicated to outdoor activities! Bhimtal is located about 35 km from Nainital, the awesome, pristine hill, station. The drive had taken about one and a half hour to reach the destination, a lovely resort overlooking the lake. There are tall pine trees and hills surrounding the lake, with a few boats lazily drifting in the clear water.
|The Burmah Bridge|
A number of events like Parallel Ropes, Rope bridge, the Burmah bridge, and Zipline, Rope climbing, Kayaking and Boating awaited the enthusiasts under the watchful eyes of the trainers! For most of the team it was something they had not done before, and hence the novelty of the experience sent the adrenaline rushing! I had done some of these many years back while undergoing training at the Naval Academy! These are tests of nerves and especially for those who are not used to physical workouts and are indulging in physical activities after a long break. We had also, aligned less strenuous activities like games of volleyball and badminton.
Amid, eating drinking and merrymaking and all the adventurous sports the time just flew, in the verdant settings of Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal!The misty, mountains, the dew drops on grass, the fragrance of flowers and the hum of bumble bees were a god's gift, delivered to us for free!
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|Hidesign - Mens Belt|
|Nautica Voyage After Shave 100ML|