Sunday, November 4, 2012
Festival was inaugurated by Bhaichung Bhutia ,former Indian Football captain and the owner of united sikkim football club.Paragliding Association of India has made him lifetime honorary member during this occasion.
This year main event were free flying,spot landing contest and acro show.In addition to that photo exhibition and evening cultural show at M.G Marg added flavor to this festival.Main attraction of the festival were Sanu Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Sherpa who were voted as 2012 people's choice adventurer of the year by National Geographic for climbing Mt.everest,paragliding down and then kayaking to the sea.Both of them were felicitated on this occasion for their achievement.
Take-off point was at bulbulay dara,8km from gangtopk and the landing spot was at Reshithang which is 20 min flight from take-off point.
Initiative taken by Sikkim tourism department to boost the adventure tourism in sikkim by organising such festival was really appreciable said tourist from Mumbai.Success of the festival showed the seriousness of the department and the professionalism of the youths especially Sikkim paragliding adventure sports co-perative Society Ltd. This festival has shown the potential of the youth who were in this field and scope of adventure sports in sikkim said Addl. secretary ,Tourism Department.
No doubt festival has given exposure to Sikkim in world over and from now onward Sikkim would be known not only for beauty and nature but also for adventure sports.