The place is really beautiful but there is no other activity other than paragliding. If you enjoy spending time in silence, exploring around, you will enjoy the stay. Otherwise be sure to carry your book, laptop or whatever you need.
May end is the fag end of the season and weather was little unpredictable. The first day we went to the site and had to return without doing anything. Next day we could do ground handling for an hour and rain forced us to close the training… We took a break and continued the following week. Thanks to Sanjay who gave us multiple option in case weather continue to be bad.
Food served was homely and good. We could also order any special items. You may want to carry your favorite snacks as there are no shops nearby and plenty of time to kill!
First 2 days we have to spend on the ground and learn the basics, a lot of hard work. It was challenging but we could do it. Third day, we climbed the hill and took our first flight. We stayed in the air for just 2 minutes…. It was an amazing experience. All along, there was someone standing next to you… now, you are all alone and 200 feet above ground and only a radio accompanying you!! Not just 2 minutes…. Amazing 2 minutes… fulfilled my childhood dream of flying!
The instructors are excellent. I need to mention Mr. Ravi. When my daughter was about to her first flight, i was standing next to her, tensed [I did not feel that tension, when i took my flight! ]. Only saving thing was Ravi’s calm voice and clear instructions on radio. Believe me, he could read our mind!! When we feel uncertain about a situation, he would immediately tell us that we are safe and what we should do next!!! Hats off to you Ravi. My daughter also reflected the same about Ravi, after landing.
Instructors made sure that we understand to control the gear well before going for the actual flight.
My reading is, most of the risks are taken care by instructors. If the weather is not good or wind speed is higher, we are not allowed to do any activity, even on ground. If we do not have control during the ground handling, they will not allow us to fly. All we need to do is give attention to the instructions and follow them diligently.
Our experience: Just wonderful! I couldn’t believe that we could make our maiden flight on the 3rd day of training. Me and my daughter will go again and do the next courses soon. I always thought i had vertigo. I can’t stand 20 feet above ground if there is no parapet wall. I never felt a thing when i took the flight!
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to fly. I would suggest you research well and learn risks involved in this sport.
Be sure to carry a full sleeve dress, shoes with ankle support, a small bag to carry water bottle and snacks to the site. They also need ID proof and a photograph..
Most of the human have the desire to fly… Now we have an opportunity… Go… Fly… Experience it…. I would recommend Nirvana.
We had an awesome end of season celebration last weekend with pilots and well wishers dropping by from all over. Pilots gathered at Native Place in the morning and the excitement of meeting familiar faces and catching up with old acquaintances lent a happy holiday feeling all around.
Weather conditions did not seem conducible to fly but hopeful pilots trudged off to the Shelar site late in the afternoon and logged in top to bottoms and headed back home to the guesthouse
Back home at the guesthouse the Native Place staff had put together a fabulous BBQ spread and guests gathered on the terrace lit by the light of the waxing moon and cooled by a steady west wind. The fireflies were not yet at optimum intensity yet they added a magical appeal inviting people to wander about and be charmed in the garden
Looking forward to the Pilots Monsoon Meet in a couple of months once the rains are here in full force, the streams are gurgling and the waterfalls splashing all around
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay Rao
Nirvana Adventures is proud to announce that our very own Sunith Rao completed a hundred hours of flying on Wednesday the 1st of April 2015. School, exams and college attendance have taken their fair share of his time but this determined 18 year old’s passion for flying has been a driving force.
Sunith started ground handling at the age of 10 and did his first solo at the age of 14 as we couldn’t get a solo wing in his weight range before that . He now has more than 200++ solo flights and 100+ hours of airtime. Only last week he left the ridge on his own to fly back home from the Shelar site – a short but by no means simple 4 km XC surprising the staff at Native Place as he walked into the house with a triumphant grin.
In a couple of weeks Sunith leaves for Turkey to do an SIV course with Jocky Sanderson. Sunith has been watching Jocky’s videos since the tender age of 6, In fact we have an old joke that he could be in the Guinness book of world records for the umpteen number of times he has seen Jocky’s SIV video. One can only imagine how excited he is about this upcoming trip.
The Flynirvana family wishes him all the best for this trip. We hope that he learns and grows in this wonderful sport of paragliding and sets an example to other young people.
Astrid, Sanjay and the Flynirvana team
There was lots of excitement going around this weekend at Native Place as pilots gathered to make the most of the flying and celebrate Holi, the festival of colour which marks the seasonal change from winter to spring
The earlier week Dwane had flown 35 km from Tower hill towards Shinde on to Pawna to finally land at Govitri ( a couple of km away from Native Place) whetting everyone’s flying appetites
Bastien has been rocking the site with fun acro performances when pilots waited out the strong wind conditions and Emil’s posts like “A beautiful 3 hour 5 minute flight with some vultures yesterday, wingover practice mixed with French lessons by Bastien Langlois, a B-line stall, couple small collapses and one huge one, and then a rooftop BBQ dinne “ further added to the excitement
Don and Mayura came by too – Don has just acquired a new BGD Base and was eager to try out his new wing.
The flying conditions did not disappoint. Pilots enjoyed great conditions and flew back home to Native Place only to be splashed and drenched by Basti who had an arsenal of colour ready for them
Enjoy the pix at – Holi at Native Place
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay Rao
Yippee I flew last weekend!
Had not been paragliding for far too long and it felt like a special treat to finally be gearing up and driving off to the flying site with the flynirvana team. that it was a while before i realised that all my nervous energy had vanished and i was grinning to myself. We were on our way to the Shelar site Tower hill is still working in the mornings but afternoons is Shelar time – Dont u just love the Shelar site
There weren’t too many pilots there and it simply added to the charm – just us – Old friends and pilots Dinesh and Rahel visiting with their lovely 9 year old daughter Lina from Switzerland and watching Rahel help spread Dinesh’s wing on takeoff made it felt like we had simply stepped back 12 years in time.
As Rahel and me sat on that huge rock right of takeoff in the shade of the mango tree catching up on lost time . We sat like we had done a hundred times before over the years surveying the takeoff to our left, the golden brown fields below, the students running down on the bottom slopes of the hill and the tandems pass us by . I could hear the falcons screaming blue murder, see a kite hovered and listen to that familiar rustling sound of tandem wings as they flew by.
Idyllac – is the word i would say!
So guys – Shelar is on once more – come enjoy this yet untouched site with its golden brown grasses glowing at sunset and no sign of civilization around, spunky kids and beautiful winds – a small piece of pg wonder in India
Astrid Rao and the flynirvana team