Paragliding competition in Uttarakhand (3rd feb 2016) : Uttarakhand will organise its first – ever international paragliding championship in March, which will be held under the aegis of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) with the support of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN). The competition will be organized from March 14 – 19 in the Pithoragarh district.
KMVN general manager said the championship will be an open event and 40 foreign para pilots are expected to take part in it. Noting that the biggest paragliding event in India is held in Panchgani, Maharashtra in February, he stated that a team of officials from Uttarakhand will conduct a visit there to obtain technical details of such events.
The committee that would conduct this event has been formed by the government with senior administrative officials. The immense natural beauty of the hills and the locales of Pithoragarh were the reason behind it being chosen as the venue for the event. A technical team is looking at the feasibility of the points from where paragliders would take off.
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