Gangtok, 24 Apr:
Offering a picturesque landscape with its sprawling lush green tea gardens, Temi Tea Estate in South district is now picking up pace to become the new address for paragliders.
After its recent launch in Temi, around 17 commercial paragliding flights have been conducted till date by three commercial paragliding pilots.
One of the pilots, Nim Tshering Lepcha , hails from Leek village in Dzongu, North Sikkim, and has participated in various paragliding competitions.
A Sikkim University graduate, Nim Tshering completed his advanced course in paragliding from Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh in the year 2015 following which he attended Simulation of Incidents in Flight [SIV: Simulation d’ Incident en Vol] course in Thailand in 2016 and secured an international license from Delhi in 2017.
He also participated in the 1st Sikkim Paragliding Red Panda International Accuracy Open Championship [CAT II] in 2017.
Nim Tshering is also the proprietor of an adventure sport agency, “365 Adventure Stop”, located at Pelling in West Sikkim.
Speaking to SummitTimes, Nim Tshering said, “My flying experience at Temi has been one of a kind. A landing site amidst the lush green tea garden is something out of the ordinary in Sikkim. When I tried the first test flight earlier this year, I witnessed a panoramic view of the entire tea garden from above. It was quite a view!”
“Temi has the potential to become a major paragliding destination which will further contribute towards employment generation. Its historical relevance and natural beauty can be better introduced to tourists through paragliding, I feel. This place can be a great paragliding tourism spot,” expressed Nim Tshering.