CHITWAN, May 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said paragliding contributes in a big way to tourism promotion.
Inaugurating a paragliding project launched by Himalayan Frontiers Paragliding Company Chitwan here today, he said paragliding would further support tourism in Chitwan. The company had launched it on the occasion of the Nepali New Year 2080 on April 14.
Paragliding is operated at Chaukidanda of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-29 in Chitwan district. The paragliding location is at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level.
Stating that paragliding is an important adventure activity for tourists, the PM said, "This is a safe and adventure sport. I will also come here to paraglide, taking out time."
He expressed his happiness at the launching of paragliding in Chitwan at the initiatives of youth entrepreneurs, saying this adventure activity has entered Nepal and it can be developed as Nepal's international level new tourism product.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Director General Pradip Adhikari said paragliding will make a significant contribution to the tourism sector. It should be run in a safe way fulfilling the standards set for paragliding, he stressed.
The company’s Chairman Bijay Bahadur Ghale stated that paragliding has been started as a new adventure activity for domestic and foreign tourists visiting Chitwan. He further said that paragliding has been added as a new tourism product of Chitwan aiming to prolong the stay of tourists in Chitwan.
Paragliders take off from Chaukidanda and land on the bank of the Trishuli River at Devghat Rural Municipality-5, Tanahu district. It is a 20-30 minute flight. Currently, 10 paragliding crafts are in service and 45 people can paraglide in a day.