Assam To Host Its First Paragliding Championship: Bodoland Flies
This year is going to be big! And we are excited, of course, we have reason to be because Bodoland will be hosting its first paragliding championship from 10th November to 15th November. The venue of this adventurous tournament will be in Ontaigufur Dangdhufur Chokrosila Wildlife Sanctuary in Kokrajhar, as selected by the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Tourism Department.
Paragliding was first introduced by BTC tourism department in 2013 during the iconic Bhaokungri festival. As part of that, thousands of people climbed the Baukungri peak to support the initiative. When paragliding was first introduced in Assam, pilots from Sikkim were called to train the youth, opening avenues to provide them with unique livelihood opportunities. This helped in makimaking sureng sure that the basics were right.
This year, the BTC tourism department will proudly host its first paragliding championship in Assam. They will be inviting around 70 pilots from around 15 countries like Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Switzerland. Along with that, the invitation will also be open to pilots from Pune, Sikkim, Manali and Arunachal Pradesh. To promote this further, the department also has plans of setting up a paragliding training centre near the Dangdhufur Ontaigufur in Chokrasila wildlife sanctuary in Kokrajhar.
This is a big development, courtesy the Tourism Department of Assam, led by no other but Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. We are excited, and cannot wait. What about you? Do you have any experience paragliding? And are you going to go, maybe? Follow us and keep us on the loop, @ManuheManuhorbabe1 on Twitter and on Facebook.