I am excited to write this post because this is the most recent example of how I fought with my fears and took the plunge. Traveling makes one fearless. Doesn’t it? This is going to be about my paragliding experience at Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor, Malaysia. I was on a press trip with Selangor Tourism + Malindo Airlines and this adventure sport was part of the itinerary. To be honest, I was not very comfortable to go for it initially. But now I am glad that I did it despite all mixed thoughts in my mind. As I am writing this article, I am already missing the fun and the adrenaline rush. I am chuckling as I see my video because it all looks so easy now. To add on, the aerial views of Kuala Kubu Baru were one of the best for this activity. Everything looked amazing from high up in the sky.
The first thing we did in Selangor was paragliding
Selangor is known for its river rafting activity but it is picking up for paragliding too. I am glad I got to do the latter. I did have a past experience of paragliding in Manali in India but what I got to experience in Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor was nowhere close to what I had done before. This was far more real and surreal for sure. Hanging up high in the air, looking down at the beauty of the natural environment, feeling the winds against the body, enjoying the kick of the moment and swinging in the air is absolutely thrilling, exciting, nerve-wracking (initially) and a lot of emotions of joy and ecstasy.
Right from the beginning!!
In Kuala Kubu Bharu, the take-off point is from Bukit Batu Pahat which is 1400-foot above sea level. To reach to the hills, one has to reach the main ground of the Kuala Kubu Baru Paragliding Club. We drove into one of the most peaceful parts of the city and were taken in by the serenity of the place almost immediately. As soon as we stepped out of our vehicle, we were met by the trained instructors of the paragliding club who not only welcomed us but also took us through a small learning session about the shoes, headgear, body behavior, accessories and factors that affected the flight. After hearing it all, it was easy to conclude that while a lot of things depend on the instructor, there is a bigger part that depends on the moods of the weather, especially the winds. To our joy, it wasn’t a cloudy day and we were really looking forward to an exhilarating experience.
The Winds Decide the Way and the Sway….
The ride to the top looked exciting but it turned out to be adventurous. There were many jerky and goosebump moments on the way. Thank God, 4X4 vehicles were invented to overcome such terrains. Once we reached the starting point, there was no looking back. While my instructor got busy in setting up the equipment, I had butterflies in my stomach. When you look things from the height, everything looks beautiful but when you are told to jump off from that height, you really feel scared. The only thing that works is the belief in your instructor. Thankfully, my pilot was an experienced person and he was very good at making me comfortable. He buckled me with the gears and asked me to run and I did.
Run and have the heart to jump off the edge!
So the first run and the final jump is something that one has to be careful about, rest everything is amazing. The moment I jumped, we sailed comfortably. The moment I had settled myself comfortably, my eyes popped out looking out to the farthest off buildings, forests, lakes and more. I was lost in soaking the beauty of the place while my pilot aimed at sailing higher. He said that the winds were favorable and were helping us to soar higher. The whole concept of being able to move from one place to another, to fly above the water bodies, dense forests and mountains, to look at the landscapes with a different perspective makes one feel nothing less than a bird. It’s difficult to put it in words. Thus, you must do paragliding whenever you get a chance. I was feeling a little heavy in the head by the end but thankfully I had been in the air for good fifteen minutes. By the time I landed on the plains, I was a confident girl who could sail through any winds. So next time, whenever you get a chance to paraglide, don’t let it pass.
Why should you go for paragliding in Kuala Kubu Baru?
- 1. You are in safe hands of trained instructors.
- 2. It offers some of the best views.
- 3. Three major paragliding competitions have been hosted there: Malaysia Accuracy Open, Paragliding Accuracy World Cup and Malaysia Open Cross-Country.
- 4.In fact some of the top paragliders in the world vouch that this place is just perfect for this adventure sport.
Thank you, Selangor Tourism and Malindo Air was making this trip possible.
P.S. – Do share your paragliding experiences with me.