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“GUD ONE!!!!”

Karakoram Explorers
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are involved in providing Paragliding Flights to the Tourists in Srinagar. The Takeoff Site is in the Harwan Area , the Flight timing are from 9 am to 6 pm From May to November. Tickets are Price at Rs 2700 per person of a 15 - 20 min flight which includes transportation from Harwan Bridge to Astanmarg Takeoff Point.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I visited this place during June 2016 with my family. I want to divide the whole experience in two parts :
First One : The pathway for reaching the point from where paragliding starts . Walking distance is around 1 (one) km approx. Seriously this pathway was very deadly...the person from karakoram who was guiding us to reach the point was running ahead of us and he was not bothered about people coming behind him. On the way i was thinking that i did a mistake. when finally we reached the point we were so tired...... i asked for drinking water...but there was no arrangement of the same....can u imagine!!!!!!!!!! Seriously karakoram management should take some initiatives to work on this area.....
Second : Paragliding Experience.....I can't explain in words....really it was the best experience of my life...i was in the air for approx 10 mins..... During this tenure i forgot the experience of first part.....

So overall it was gud experience but karakoram must work on first part to make it best experience of everybody's life.....

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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

It was an amazing experience. Whole of my family enjoyed.
If you visit Srinagar, this is a must. The price of paragliding is worthy of the experience and enjoyment.

1  Thank Amartya Y
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

It was first paragliding adventure for me and my wife and we both are going to cherish it for rest of our life, thanks to karakoram gliders. Visited on 17th Jun 2016.

How to reach this place - Mr Rathode manager contacted and guided us to reach near harwan bridge, from there its a narrow road up the hills where he took us by his car. The car stops around 1.5km before the end point and this journey to be tracked on foot, its mostly plain but some places you have to hold your breaths. No need to be worried as gliders and helpers accompany you. Those who feel difficult to tracking should take conscious call.

Its a jump from around 7500m level to 5500m level plains, around 2km depth. About safety, they take full care of it and ensure proper winds for safe take off, due to hazy whether my wife waited for around 30-40 mins and i waited for 20mins before take off. Once i took off i was awww.... and on top of the world, feet leaving ground and body floating in air is a experience which i am not going to forget in my life. Up in air you see entire srinagar with your adrenal high, swirls in air gave chills.

They provide camera and memory card to capture moment, your own mobile can be used but risk is all yours. Advance booking could be made through their online website for hassle free arrangements, just pray to god that the day you have booked should have clear whether. Flying time is around 10-15mins. It's only open between second half of march till somewhere around September. It's advisable to reach at gliding point either early 8:30 or noons after 12 or 1, due to wind patterns.

If you want to enjoy paragliding in entire Kashmir, karakoram explorer is right door you must be knocking.

1  Thank neeleshchawda2015
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

If you are travelling to Srinagar, you need to go Paraliding with this company. Very nice and polite and helpful staff to take care of you. This was one of the most amazing experience of my life so far and would love to do it again if I visit Srinagar. Must do!!!!!!

Thank 591vikrantg
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

as promised in their official website, they provided me 4GB micro sd card not 8GB, the treking length is increased very much, as i had to trek 1.5 km on hill, very tired, before take off, i came to know before that i will have to trek just 400-500mtrs, video is just 9:30 minutes duration, it means very short period i enjoyed, but all other things were okk, for 9:30 minutes of flying and hd recording in 4GB mmc, i had to pay Rs3700, very costly service

Thank Alok M
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KarakoramAerosports, Owner at Karakoram Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

Dear Mr Alok,

First let me thank you for your honest opinion, i do understand that you have been given a 4GB card instead of an 8GB one, on my enquiry it was found out that the 8GB cards were out of stock and that the management had bought 4GB cards available locally and provided that to you. We accept that its a lapse of our SOP, as a matter of principle we owe our responsibility to give you the specified card. Do please send us your mailing address with pin code and we will mail another SD card of the said capacity.
(However do please note that the SD card provided is to give you the video footage in a safe manner so that its not misused, we value your privacy. Generally the video footage is not more than 1 GB at the most.)

Your second concern was regarding the flight of 9:30 minutes, yes we do accept that for our promise of 12-15 mins we were short of 1:30 minutes for the minimum, sometimes this is an exception, the airborne flight is dependant on various factors and one of the important factors is thermal formation and head wind velocity and direction, these factors are beyond our control and is natural, the rising thermals helps us stay airborne for more time and if we have a front headwind consistent to our payload then also the amount of time spent airborne is increased. I personally enquired with the pilot who took your flight and found out that on that particular day, the pilot had experienced more of a tailwind condition during flight, now what happens during this time is that a glider has a particular frontal velocity this gets added to the tail wind velocity , so the final velocity of the glider becomes the velocity of the glider plus the tail wind velocity this overall increases the speed of the glider , thus your flight landed one and a half minutes earlier than promised.

Regarding the price its Rs 2700 for the flight and Rs 1000 for the video footage the flight ticket, it is the least expensive through India for the height and the distance offered across the country. The price includes the drive in our Scorpio 4x4 till Astanmarg and the micro SD card. The flight price is as notified by the latest notification by the Tourism Department Government of J&K, we never inflate our prices nor lower them, no matter what the demand scenario. Our prices are open and transparent and open to booking online for all available dates through the season.

However for us the satisfaction of our clients are utmost, and on this occasion you were not satisfied. To rectify this we would once again give you a free ride on the same ticket if you so desire. I would once again thank you for an honest opinion, this would help us rectify ourselves as well as give a fair insight to our future customers.

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