The Paragliding season at Kamshet is open once more. We present the first batch of students for this season ( October 2014 to May 2015) After 4 months of rainy weather, planting rice and watching the clouds go by we are looking forward to being airborne once more.
We look forward to great flying weather, amazing company, making lots of new friends and sharing passions and love.
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay and the flynirvana team
Once again the monsoon season approaches signaling the end of another fantastic paragliding season at Kamshet. Nirvana Adventures set the dates for our end of season party (7th /8th of June) We had lots to celebrate and be grateful for – great flying conditions, a safety record to be proud of, bringing lots of new entrants into the world of free flight and the Nirvana Paragliding family.
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Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Another crazy week gone by at Nirvana Adventures and the madness continues. I can’t believe I’ve been here 5 months already and now I’m struggling to make the most of it (every second spent in the hammock counts!). But the wind gods have favoured me in this aspect and have had some amazing flying days at Shelar, and the forecast continues to look good.Meanwhile, Michael is back and Native Place with a new wing and the same enthusiasm. Although, the new Ozone Swift makes sure he is doubly careful with his packing while the rest of us wait on patiently. While we don’t need an excuse to party at the guesthouse, this week we actually had a legitimate reason. Rao’s birthday was celebrated the Native Place way, with fireworks and dancing and a bunch of crazy folks. The party continued for a few days, but, what happens at Native Place, stays at Native Place. Spring is almost here making the guesthouse bloom with life. Trees and plants are in flower everywhere and birds don’t stop chirping. Make sure you spend enough time in the garden when you are here next and tell us what all you spot. Drongos, bulbuls, caucals, bee-eaters, they’re everywhere. And my personal favourite is the sunbird who has decided to build it’s nest right outside the office. As the days get longer, the sunsets get better and more vivid. What better way to see a sunset then from the top of Shelar? Hope to see you guys back here soon (and share some sundowners as well!).
While the Nirvana Adventure pilots were away in Nepal for SIV training, we were left at a little bit of a loose end as there were no paragliding Elementary and Club Pilot courses on for that period. So I felt pretty kicked when I flew without having someone at the other end of the radio for the first time, and I’m sure there’s many more who can relate to that feeling of cutting the umbilical cord.But with plenty of visiting pilots for company it’s been a blast. What made it even more interesting that it was one of those weeks where the mornings were spent at Tower Hill and afternoons at Shelar. And the pilots definitely made the most of it.
With the local pilots away though, Native Place was quieter than usual and it really gives the house a different charm. You should definitely visit during the week when it’s quiet around the house and you can hear the birds and watch the lake (and not fight for a space on the hammock!)
And it was also time for some garden fresh veggies and fruits. We had our first papaya from the Native Place garden and what a treat that was. The tomatoes are almost there, and we’re looking forward to bananas from the garden pretty soon. What’s really amazing though is the dudhi in the garden, go take a look, we’re planning to rename them dudhaas. Summer is coming and with summer comes Shelar and long flying days. My favourite part though, is that one perfect sunset after a beautiful soaring flight. There’s the five minutes of silence where everyone watches the sun set, before the excited chatter begins discussing the day’s flights and experiences.
While I’ve been at Native Place, I’ve realized that one thing I’ve definitely become a pro at, is parawaiting. And of course some people are better at it than others. New games, new friendships and lots of mad new ideas are born out of parawaiting. Although we are not flying, it can be a lot of fun (depending on the company of course).
Emil was back at Nirvana Adventures last week, and then there’s definitely entertainment at the site. However, some can’t wait for him to take off so that they get their peace and quiet back (sorry Emil, but you know it’s true).
But there’s no doubt that the best feeling after hours of waiting in the sun, it’s getting up into the air and soaring through the sky.
Here’s some tips for parawaiting for those still inexperienced at it:
1. Carry lots of chocolate (or even chikki), it takes the edge off
2. Watch out for flying pebbles (throwing pebbles seems to be a favourite pastime)
3. Find the slightest bit of shade that there might be, you never know how long you’re going to be up there
4. Hone up on your social skills, you’re going to have to talk to other pilots when you’re there
5. Finally, be prepared to walk back to the car (and then lift your spirits with some more chocolate)