Paragliding is a form of sport flying, which offers perhaps the easiest and most fun way for almost anyone to realize the age-old dream of personal flight. While beginning skills of paragliding are easy to learn and practice, safe flying on one's own requires a broad range of skills, knowledge of airmanship and weather as well as operating limitations of a Paraglider. Tandem joyrides is the easiest way to find out whether Paragliding is a sport for you or not!
Probably Maharashtra is the only state in central India with an established system of paragliding training and paragliding sites. For a trained individual there are many paragliding sites with perfect lift and landing sites along the ridges of Sahyadris like Panchgani Panshet Bhandardara and Chikhaldara . Panchgani is the unofficial head quarter of paragliding in Maharashtra with some very beautiful flying sites in Bhilar, Khinger and near Tapola.
Parasailing is recreational flying where the person supported by a canopy, is towed behind a vehicle usually a jeep . Parasailing is very common in all the Konkan beaches. Paragliding is free flight using a foot launched fabric canopy without an engine.
Puneritraveller.com in association with its partners organizes paragliding camps and paragliding courses near pune. The courses offered include introduction to paragliding, elementary Course (P1) and advanced Paragliding - (P2). Typically paragliding camps are organized on weekends but courses last for 7 days.