Former Indian football captain, Bhaichung Bhutia inaugurated the first ever Sikkim Paragliding Festival by taking the first jump from a cliff in Gangtok.
The Tourism & Civil Aviation Department is organizing Sikkim Paragliding Festival from 31st October to 3rd November, 2012.
Taking time out of the ongoing I-League and his own team United Sikkim FC, Bhaichung tried the soaring heights on a glider with the assistance of a trainer.
The Paragliding Association of India has made him a lifetime honorary member as well.
“I am sure adventure sport in Sikkim is going to be some which is as big as anywhere else in India,” said Bhutia.
The paragliding festival was a tremendous attraction for the tourists.
Paragliding, a popular adventure tourism attraction, is slowly catching on in Sikkim where visitors would not miss a chance of coursing over the mighty hills.
Sikkim has over a dozen trained paragliding pilots and the government now intends to make the sport a major tourist attraction.