Agartala: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Tripura, a paragliding site is likely to come up at Jampui Hills, the state’s highest peak located in North Tripura district, around 215 km from here.

Taking to social media, tourism director Tarit Kanti Chakma said that a team of officials from the department along with members of Alpine Wanderers, a Delhi-based company, inspected the Thlaxi area in Jampui Hills recently.

The joint team of Tripura tourism department and Alpine Wanderers has already inspected the take-off and landing site and steps are being taken to launch the paragliding project at the earliest.

He also said that he is hopeful of sending trainees to Himachal Pradesh soon so that paragliding activities can start by the end of this year.

“Visit to Jampui hills Thlaxi by Tourism Officials & Alpine team for the takeoff and landing site for #Paragliding. Hopeful of sending trainees to Himachal by this year so that Paragliding can start by this year,” Chakma wrote on social media.

The team of Alpine Wanderers will shortly conduct a paragliding trial next month.

Meanwhile, tourism minister Pranajit Singha Roy has already given its approval for hiring four gliders and two paramotors. The tourism department will send four candidates to undergo training in Himachal Pradesh upon receiving official approval.

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Jampui is the only recognised hill station of the state and is at a height of about 800 ft from sea level in North Tripura district of Tripura.

The population consists mostly of Mizo people as the area is close to Mizoram.

The sunrise and sunset are a delight to watch at Jampui Hills. The fresh air and weather attracts tourists in hordes. The orange gardens and the rich culture of the villagers are also some of the other highlights of the area.

Also known as Tripura’s ‘Mawlynnong’ for being the cleanest village, Vanghmun is situated at an altitude of 800 m and has a population of 1,512 in about 253 families.

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