I was now at Patnitop, and just 17 kilometers away was Sansar, a famous hill station in Jammu where I was headed. I was promised by a colleague at work that the place was awesome because it happened to be the adventure sports capital of Jammu. And I was feeling extra energetic in anticipation of all the activities that I would indulge in at Sansar.
Nicknamed as the mini Gulmarg, the place was remote but tourists visited it, especially the ones who loved parasailing, paragliding and hot-air ballooning. Because Sansar is at 2050 meters above sea level, which is relatively moderate, it is considered ideal for both winter and summer outdoor activities. The ever informative Kabir had already filled in that the place owes its name to the two neighborhood lakes- ‘sana’ and ‘sar’ and was considered a haven for the extreme sports lovers. I wanted to try the paragliding and what encouraged me further that I could do a tandem paragliding, which would have the trainer glide with me. Well, fun should always be with the censorship of safety.
As I was prepped up for the glide, a few instructions were rattled off by the experienced glider, who would take the jump with me. But what sounded like a rambling were careful instructions by him, but I was getting more and more nervous with every minute. Living on the edge was certainly not my forte yet I needed to do this to brag every bit of it to my friends and colleagues. Strapped with my instructor, I had taken the plunge and with extreme effort opened my shut eyes on the insistence of my instructor to see a panoramic view of the surroundings. I was gliding with the clouds with the hills as witnesses and floating free like a bird.
The entire experience left me exhilarated and hungry. But, in Sansar, a famous hill station in Jammu, I had finally accomplished my first paraglide and was extremely proud of it. The Gods in the skies needed to be thanked profusely for this achievement and thus, the next destination had to be the Ranbireshwar temple, Jammu.