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  • Man’s quest for conquering the skies led him to invent airplanes, gliders and other aircraft that would let him soar into the skies and gambol among the clouds like a free bird. Of all the air-sports in practice today, paragliding in India has won much popularity. Unlike other light aviation sports, paragliding allows the flier to be one with his surroundings and integrate himself with his carrier and soar into the sky like a free bird.

    Unlike parasailing at the beach, paragliding usually does not require an engine propeller. Despite this, the flight can last for several hours and if the pilot is deft at manoeuvring, he can gain altitude up to several thousands of feet. There are different variations of paragliding tours in India such as hang gliding, powered paragliding, speed riding or speed flying and kite skiing. Hang gliding is a close relative of standard paragliding and uses a lightweight hang glider for the flight. Powered paragliding uses an engine propeller to aid the movement of the glider. Speed riding or speed flying is the sport of flying paragliders of smaller size. These gliders offer greater speed but lesser altitude.

    This sport requires minimal training and can be enjoyed by people of any age group or gender. The best part about it is that, unlike other light aviation sports, the control lies completely in the hands of the individual flying the glider. He can stop and abort the take-off any moment he wants to and hence the sport gives you total freedom. Besides, paragliding gives you a wonderful opportunity to view the landscape from a different angle and enjoy the beauty of any region like never before. Soaring into the skies, you can relish a bird’s eye view of the region below you and soak in its natural grandeur.

    If paragliding has always fascinated you and you are weighing your options of undertaking this amazing adventure, here is some information that will serve as a paragliding guide and quell all your doubts and help to strengthen your resolve:

  • About Paragliding

  • 01Why Fly?

    Why Fly?

    Flying was once man’s greatest fantasy. Almost everyone knows the story of Icarus, the Greek mythological character, who attempted to fly with artificial wings but was unfortunately unsuccessful. The story has a number of moral and political connotations, but also reflects on the innate desire of man to fly like a bird.

    With the advancement of science and technology, man has built aircraft and even rockets that enable him to soar high in the skies. However, paragliding is a different kind of experience as it allows an individual to become one with his environment and surroundings and enjoy the flight just as a free bird would.

    If you have always wondered what it would be like to fly like a bird in the sky, here’s your chance to live your fantasy. Paragliding is safe and easy and is just the right sport to indulge in if you crave for some adventure and adrenaline rush.


  • 02What is Paragliding?

    What is Paragliding?

    Paragliding is a recreational sport and the closest way for humans to achieve their long cherished dream of free flight. Paragliding in India is performed using a light-weight, foot-launched aircraft that has no rigid structure. The pilot is secured to this structure using a harness and a fabric wing aids the flight of the individual.

    This wing is kept in shape and in place by the network of harnesses that keeps the pilot suspended. It is the easiest form of light aviation and all the pilot needs to do is jog down a slope and take flight. There is no free-falling or jumping off cliffs in paragliding and hence it is safe even for those who have no experience of flying whatsoever.

    Usually people get confused with terms such as parasailing and hang gliding. These are not the same as paragliding but are variants. Parasailing is what you do at the beach. A person is attached to a high speed boat with a harness. The speed boat moves ahead, dragging the person behind it who is suspended in the air with the help of a parachute. Hang gliding requires a light weight, non-motorised aircraft called a hang glider.

    Paragliding is much easier than all these light aviation sports and it depends on the driver on how adventurous or safe he wants to make his experience. However, preliminary training is a must for every pilot for safe flights.

    If the idea of paragliding scares you, it is important that you understand that there is no fear of heights in the sport as there is no need for you to jump off cliffs. Furthermore, in paragliding the control is absolutely yours. Unlike other light aviation games, you can abort the launch at any moment you feel uncomfortable. In addition, the equipment is light, easy to handle and easily portable.

    Nevertheless, your safety depends completely on your dedication and sincerity in learning your flying lessons. If you learn the basics well, you can paraglide till the age of ninety. However, keeping the weather conditions in mind is advisable before you set out for a paragliding session.




  • 03What is a Paraglider?

    What is a Paraglider?
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    Paragliders are light-weight, foot-launched aircraft that are built on a non-rigid frame. Although these aircrafts are not fitted with a motor propeller, they can fly very long distances and gain impressive altitude, if manoeuvred in the right manner.

    Paragliders usually weigh around 12 to 15 kgs and can be easily packed into a backpack. The wing of the paraglider is made of rib stop nylon cloth and the wing of the paraglider is maintained by the flow of air across it. The wing forms the canopy and the pilot sits beneath it and is held in place by a harness. The aircraft is manoeuvred using two lines known as the brake lines, which are pulled for turning.

    Paragliders use the same principle of aerodynamics as Boeings. However, they are slower than Boeings and can be inflated even if there is very less wind. The procedure of using a paraglider is to run on a gentle slope till the paraglider lifts you off the ground.

    In case, the paraglider does not inflate completely, the launch is aborted. The best part about paragliding is that the control lies completely with the pilot. Unlike other aviation sports, the launch can be aborted any minute the pilot feels diffident or uncomfortable.


  • Paragliding Destinations in India

  • 04Manali

    Manali
    One of the most popular hill stations in the country, Manali is also known for the possibilities it offers to paragliding enthusiasts. Besides the breath-taking landscape, Manali has some great slopes such as those of the Solang Valley, which facilitate a perfect take-off. You can soar into the beautiful Kullu Valley and enjoy the beauty of Manali from giddying heights.
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  • 05Bir Billing

    Bir Billing
    Bir Billing is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is one of those places where you can enjoy the paragliding in India. Bir Billing is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens and is located amidst the Dauladhar Ranges of mighty Himalayas. The village of Bir Billing is also known as the Tibetan Colony Chougan and has many beautiful Buddhist Monasteries.

    There are a plethora of vendors in Bir Billing, which offer the paragliding activity. It can be a short flight, medium flight or the long flight, which can vary depending upon your vendor's itinerary.

    Duration: The average duration of paragliding in Bir Billing ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.

    Price: The average cost of a short flight of paragliding in Bir Billing is around INR 2000.

    Also, check out best camping experiences in Bir Billing for an unforgettable stay!
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    O1,810

  • 06Kamshet

    Kamshet
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    Kamshet is yet another beautiful place to experience the paragliding in India. Located in the Pune district of Maharashtra, it is approximately 100 km from Mumbai and 50 km from Pune city.

    Apart from enjoying the paragliding activity as a customer in Kamshet, you can even learn to paraglide, as there are various vendors, who offer plethora of courses in paragliding. From the elementary paragliding course to a weeklong workshops, you can find everything in Kamshet.

    Duration: The average duration of paragliding in Kamshet is around 20 to 30 minutes
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    O2,700

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    O2,300

  • 07Solang Valley, Manali

    Solang Valley, Manali
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    Solang valley in Manali is one of the most beautiful valleys in the country and offers umpteen number of adventure sports, paragliding being the most famous one. While you paraglide, you can have a mixed fun of skydiving and handgliding amidst the picturesque valley, surrounding the gigantic snow-clad Himalayas.

    Paragliding amidst the Solang Valley can be one unforgettable adrenaline filled experience for you.

    Duration: The approximate duration of flight is 20 to 30 minutes

    Price: The average cost for a short flight is Rs. 600 and for a long flight is Rs. 1500
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    O1,200

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  • 08Vagamon

    Vagamon
    Vagamon is a quaint hill station in Kerala surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery and offers various adventurous sports, paragliding being one of the most famous. Moreover, it is one of the most beautiful places where you can go for paragliding in India.

    While indulging in the paragliding activity, you get all the expert advice and safety briefing from the instructors and safety equipment. During the paragliding activity you can have the bird's eye view of the picturesque valley.

    Duration: The average duration of the flight of paragliding is 20 to 30 minutes

    Price: The approximate price for one flight of paragliding for 20 to 30 minutes is Rs. 3500 per person.
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    O4,050

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    O3,450

  • 09Panchgani

    Panchgani
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    Situated at a height of around 4500 feet above sea level, paragliding in Panchagani is one of the most loved and adventurous activities you can ever opt while visiting it. Moreover, Panchagani is extremely close to the metro cities like Pune and Mumbai, offering some of the greatest opportunities to the adventure seekers from these cities.

    The best time to go for paragliding in Panchagani is from November to February when the temperature ranges from 19 to 28 degree Celsius and the valley is so mesmerizing.

    Duration: The average duration of the flight of paragliding is 20 to 30 minutes

    Price: The approximate price for one flight of paragliding for 20 to 30 minutes is Rs. 1500 per person.
  • 10Rohtang La

    Rohtang La
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    Located around 51 km north of Manali on the Manali-Keylong Highway at the height of 4111 m, the Rohtang La is one of the best places to experience paragliding in India. Its snow clad mountains offer a great opportunity to experience not only paragliding but also various other adventurous sports like skiing, snow boarding and many more.

    While you paraglide, you get the chance to have the birds eye view of the majestic Himalayas and the surrounding picturesque valley.

    Duration: The average duration of the flight of paragliding is 20 to 30 minutes

    Price: The approximate price for one flight of paragliding for 20 to 30 minutes is Rs. 1200 per person.
  • 11Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills, Bangalore is situated at a distance of 68 km from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and has the perfect terrain for paragliding. Nandi Hills attracts a lot of adventure enthusiasts, especially those interested in light aviation.

    A lot of adventure lovers also indulge in parasailing and micro-light flying at Nandi Hills.


  • 12Kunjapuri

    Kunjapuri
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    Located amidst the beautiful Shivalik ranges, the Kunjapuri is one of the most amazing destinations to experience paragliding in India. To get the best of paragliding, one must not miss the sunset or sunrise view during the paragliding activity. The total distance of paragliding in Kunjapuri is approximately 7 km, which passes through the beautiful Garhwal Himalayas and the route is so mesmerizing, giving the birds eye view of the picturesque valley.

    Duration: The average duration of the flight of paragliding is 20 to 30 minutes and the distance is approximately 5-7 km

    Price: The approximate price for one flight of paragliding for 20 to 30 minutes is Rs. 1200 per person.
  • 13Pawana

    Pawana
    Pawana is a dreamy location situated in Kamshet, Maharashtra. The take-off site overlooks the River Indrayani. As you take flight, you glide over the beautiful River Pavana and float into the horizon. Paragliding is the best way to enjoy the sunset and sunrise in Pavana.
  • 14Bedni Bugyal

    Bedni Bugyal
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    The lush green valley and the magnificent mountain peaks are a treat to the eyes. Skilled gliders are also available at Bedni Bugyal. There are also several institutes in Bedni Bugyal that offer professional training courses for paragliding in India.
  • How do I get Started?

  • 15How do I get Started?

    How do I get Started?

    If you have your mind set on the activity, get yourself enrolled at an institute that offers courses in paragliding in India. You can enroll for a four-day elementary pilot course that will teach you the basics of paragliding and also give you about ten supervised solo flights. On completing the elementary course, you can take the Club Pilot course where you will learn about the advanced techniques of flying and longer flight durations.

    In case you do not have so much time to invest in the courses, there are also tailor-made courses that are available. These courses allow you to pick up tricks and techniques in two or three day workshops. You will be given ground training and information on low level flying in these workshops. In some institutes, you may also be given an opportunity to undertake a solo flight during these workshops.

    In case it is paramotoring you are looking for, you will require ten days of training before you take a solo flight. There are no examinations and the course and instructions are very easy to follow. During the course you will be taught the basics such as ground handling of the wing, gliding without a motor fitted wing, and the final lesson will be about flying a motored wing. If you have experience of paragliding and want to try paramotoring, you will require only two days of training.

    You may want to purchase your own equipment and gear, but it is important that you first learn the basics of paragliding. It is essential for every pilot to master the basic techniques of paragliding such as launching, turning and landing before setting out on a solo flight. So, if you are keen on taking up paragliding, get in touch with a flying institute that can train you in the nuances of paragliding.


  • 16Is Paragliding for me?

    Is Paragliding for me?
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    Paragliding is quite easy and anyone can learn how to paraglide with a little effort and perseverance. Learning how to paraglide requires just as much effort and concentration as is required in learning how to drive or cycle. Men and women of reasonable a fitness level can learn paragliding without much problem.

    There are several reputed institutions that offer courses for paragliding in India. Though fitness is not a major requirement for those aspiring to learn paragliding, it is advisable to be reasonably fit to fly without discomfort. Learners will be required to run uphill or downhill before taking flight.


  • 17Is there a Season for Paragliding?

    Is there a Season for Paragliding?

    Weather plays an important role in enhancing the enjoyment level of paragliding. Paragliding sessions are held all year round in destinations such as Solang Bijli Mahadev, Marhi and Fatru. This is because the climate in Kullu and Manali is conducive to paragliding. When the weather is perfect, a person can stay up in the air for as long as three hours. This is why paragliding in India is so enjoyable and attracts so enthusiasts throughout the year.

    The best season for paragliding is from February to June, and then again from September to November. Although paragliding is an all-season sport, it is advisable that it be avoided during the monsoons.


  • 18What about Courses in Paragliding?

    What about Courses in Paragliding?
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    For paragliding in India, there are several institutions that offer short term courses. You can enroll for a preliminary course and learn about launching, turning and landing. Most instructors allow you to take flight during the first day of learning, which is the greatest advantage of this sport. You will be taught the nuances of handling the wing on the ground, the technique of taking flight and other relevant details, and then after a few supervised solo flights, you will be given the opportunity to fly solo independently.

    Once you have completed the preliminary course, you can enroll for the advanced pilot course which will educate you about the advanced techniques of paragliding. The advantage of taking a course in paragliding is that you can later enroll for the paramotoring course and enjoy the advanced level of this sport.

    However, before selecting the institution, it is important that you keep a few points in mind. Ensure that the institution has a valid certification and also check the rating of the certification. The highest level of certification is the 'Advanced Tandem Instructor'.

    Also, check what the instructor to student ratio is. Also look out if the training flights are radio supervised. Do consider points such as the safety ratio of the school, how many students have received certification, and the schedule of operation of the school.


  • 19Safety Aspects to be Kept in Mind

    Safety Aspects to be Kept in Mind
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    Paragliding basically requires a good sense of judgement to harmonise the forces of nature. All sports have an element of risk, be it swimming or cycling, and it is the sincerity of the learner and the judgement ability of the student.

    The most important points to keep in mind during the training session in order to ensure safety are to obey all instructions with all sincerity, gain pilot attitude and use safe equipment and helmets. Although most institutions use the best of equipment for training purposes, make sure you get your equipment checked before taking flight.

    In case you are using your own equipment, make sure to keep it in the best condition. Check the wing and replace it before it becomes dangerously non-functional. The harness and reserve of the paraglider can last you a lifetime if you take proper care.

    The most advantageous aspect of paragliding is that the pilot has full control over the launch action. This increases the safety aspect of the sport. At any point of time the pilot can abort launch if he feels uncomfortable or any kind of technical snag in the equipment.


  • 20What Equipment is Needed for Paragliding?

    What Equipment is Needed for Paragliding?

    Paragliding equipment comprises a parachute-like wing, harness, reserve and radios. Usually, the training institutes provide all the equipment you will require for the sport. However, if you intend to buy one for yourself, look for good quality equipment.

    The cost of the entire equipment -- paraglider, reserve and harness will cost somewhere between Rs 80,000 to 1,25,000 for paragliding in India. The harness and reserve will last you indefinitely if you take good care of it. However, the wing may need replacement after a period of four years. This is because UV radiation and aging of the material can reduce the lifespan of the wing.

    These days, paragliders also buy a variometer and a two way radio in order to enhance their flying experience. The variometer tells you how much altitude you have gained at what speed. All this equipment is available at a combined price of Rs 15,000. You can also find second hand paragliders on sale for reasonable prices but the life span of such items will obviously be shorter.

    We hope this guide to paragliding in India has provided you enough information to allay your fears and motivate you to take up paragliding!



Paragliding in India

Attractions

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Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Bala Quila Fort

Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001
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Bhangarh fort

If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410
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Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Om Beach

Brace yourself for a scenic getaway with a trip to Om Beach when you are in Gokarna. One of the most picturesque attractions in Gokarna, Om Beach is known for its serene landscape. Om Beach is a wonderful respite for adventure junkies who love to exult in the thrill of various water activities.

One of the most splendid features of this beach is that it is shaped like the symbol ‘Om’ and attracts scores of crowds who wish to relax and unwind. Although the beach is unparalleled in natural ch beauty among sightseeing places in Gokarna, it is relatively less crowded and charms the visitors with its rejuvenating ambience. It is also the starting point of the Gokarna Beach trek.

For those who are fond of photography and loves to indulge in laid-back strolls, Om Beach is one place that will go down the memory lanes forever.

Location:
Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
October to March is the most preferred time to visit Om Beach.

Activities:
The most popular activities at Om Beach are banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, fishing, bumper boat ride, jet skiing and beachside trekking.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
It is approximately 6 kilometres from the bus station.

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The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar, India
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Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Kudle Beach

Shaped like a perfect ‘C’, Kudle Beach is one of the most beautiful Gokarna tourist places that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet.

The sheer beauty and simplicity of the beach is a breathtaking surprise and people visit this beach to enjoy the serene surroundings. Kudle Beach is most famous for offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Gokarna.

Attracting scores of tourists, mostly foreigners and backpackers, Kudle Beach is a beach haven to enjoy a leisurely stroll or indulge in some enterprising ventures like swimming, surfing and beach trekking in Gokarna.

There are also many beach shacks and makeshift bamboo huts where people can spend the night on the beach and appreciate the wonder of glistening waters in the light of the moon.

Location:
Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit:
November to February is the best time to visit Kudle Beach.

Timings:
It is advisable to visit the beach from 4 am to 6:30 pm.

Activities:
Trekking, yoga, surfing etc.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
It is about 6 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Siliserh Lake Palace

Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India
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Padmini's Palace

Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
 
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Half Moon Beach

Listed as one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna, Half Moon Beach boasts of beautiful surroundings. The beach derives its name based on its shape like a half moon.

Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters. Mostly famous for foreign travellers and backpackers, Half Moon Beach is a great place to relax and unwind.

Half Moon Beach can be visited by a hike from Om Beach which is a thrilling enterprise. Away from all the crowds, this beach is a wonderful destination to indulge in some fun activities as well as indulge in enjoying some mouth-watering food available at the beach shacks nearby.

This beach is an idyllic escape from the noise of the city or enjoys some classic beach activities like sunbathing or swimming.

Location:
Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit:
The ideal time to pay a visit to the Half Moon Beach is between October and March

Timings:
Tourists can visit here any time from 6 am to 6 pm.

Activities:
Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
Half Moon Beach is located approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Hill Fort Kesroli

Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli
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Sariska Palace

This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022
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Paradise Beach

Also renowned as the Full Moon Beach, Paradise Beach is a great spot to relax away from all the civilization in the realm of nature. It a splendid place for those interested in camping and relaxing seeing the blue waves of the ocean crash against the rocks on the white sands. Swimming is one of the most surreal activities which you can indulge in after taking due precautions of safety from the strong currents of the ocean.

One can reach this beach after a small hiking adventure from the Half Moon Beach in Gokarna. It can also be reached via a motor boat. This beach was once a popular hotspot for trading weed and many foreigners flocked here. However, now all the commercial activities are prohibited here. There are also not much of water sports, but tourists can bask in the serene surroundings and relax and unwind at Paradise Beach.

Location:
Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
Paradise Beach is best to visit from the month of October to March for tourists.

Timings:
 The beach can be visited from the time of sunrise to sunset every day.

Activities:
Camping, swimming,

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
It is around 8 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Kalika Mata Temple

Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

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