Air adventures, night camps become first choice of youngsters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Apr 2017 11:37:37

By Pallavi Singh,

Gone are the days when adventure sports included only the trekking and hiking activities. Youngsters are always in search of something new and adventurous. City youth groups are now heading towards air adventure activities like paragliding, skydiving and much more. Youth groups are establishing night camps at many such locations in North India where thrilling activities like paragliding, skydiving full of risk, adventure and thrill. Most of the selected locations are the ones which are close to nature, to get a refreshing feel and to take a break from the monotonous routine life. One such group which is organising these activities very actively is ‘Baawre Musafir’. This is a group of youngsters which organises such activities from time to time. From Rishikesh and Kedarkantha trek, this group recently went to Bir Billing for air adventure activities, mainly paragliding. The group consisted of 6 boys and 6 girls in total.

Arpit Sharma, leader of the group Baawre Musafir, said, “The total expense of one adventure trip varies from place to pace, but generally it ranges around Rs 9,000 to Rs 12,000 for a single person, which includes everything. We organise different activities in night camps and moreover we get a chance to know about the local people, their culture, food habits, traditions and their day to day life, which in itself is unique.

The recent Bir Billing paragliding location is of 8,200 feet and Asia’s highest location for paragliding. The bungee jumping in Rishikesh was from the height of 83 metres, equivalent to a 25 storey building.” Talking about Bir Billing trip he said, “It was amazing. Trekking in the snow clad mountains, cycling on the mountain roads, monastery visits was a part of this trip. Everybody enjoyed a lot and I have got very positive feedback from all of them.” Monika Chaukse for whom it was a first time experience said, “It was an amazing experience. I felt free, swinging in the air like a bird.

Looking at the hills, rivers, forests from the height of around 8000 feet was a unique experience and everybody should try it once in their lifetime.
Trekking was amazing with lush green roads and snow capped mountains. All this was like a dream for me. An experience I can never forget.”The group is now planning to go to Manali in May, for which preparations have already been started. A group of 30 people will be going to Manali. They have already started workout for increasing their stamina like gymming, cycling, circuit training, aerobics etc.

This trip will begin from Kasol and end at Manali. This group includes 16 boys and 14 girls. Another group of 20 people will go on a bike expedition to Leh Ladakh in June. Talking about the precautions Arpit said, “It is important to take special care while entering into an area of different temperature. Body needs adjustment.
Workout is very important to avoid acute mountain sickness, so that the body can easily adjust with sudden temperature change. Otherwise problems like mood swing, motion, diarrhoea, vomit, reeling head etc can create problem.

Physical fitness needs special attention before these trips so that the body is prepared to adapt to the changing environment and temperature.”