Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015: Pilots Dress up Like Hindu Deities
The Nepal Air Sports Association (NAA) and the Pokhara Tourism Revival Committee (P.T.R.C.) organized the 2-day-long Garud Fun – Himalayan Air Festival 2015 in Pokhra in the last week of September (26-27) in Sarangot (1,500 meters), Pokhra. One of the top paragliding destinations Pokhra commands views of the Fewa Lake, green slopes, and snow covered peaks.
Sarangot was the take off point and the lake was the landing point.
The first of its kind event in the country promoted air adventures, including hot air ballooning and paragliding. Another primary aim was to tell the prospective tourists and travelers that the country is safe for holidaying even after the devastating April earthquake.
Highlight of the event was paragliders dressed up like Garuda, Hindu flying god, and other Hindu deities, including Laxmi, Paravati, and Shiva.
The country also offered free stay for some participants and free flying permit for foreigners.