Photographer's Note

Paragliding is a popular adventure sport in Nepal. The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. There are several sites around Fewa Tal (the lake) but the most accessible is Sarangkot (1592m ASL). There are various deals for the paragliding enthusiast as well as those checking this sport out for the first time. There is a three-day introductory course for beginners, as well as tandem flights (where you fly with an instructor) for the inexperienced or less brave.

At 6000 ft, you sit back in your seat as your qualified pilot takes you on an unforgettable journey, which offers prime views of Fewa Tal and the mountains at sunrise and sunset, provided the skies are clear. The landing is by the lake. And it is precisely at this landing site that this picture was taken seconds after we touched down. It's called the gift wrap moment when the parachute engulfs you from all sides upon landing, my pilot informed me.

The pictured kid was one among a bunch waiting at the landing site to help the paragliders pack their chutes into their bags, for a little sum. They even helped me un-harness.

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