Falconry and Fly
- Maya Devi, Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
- From November through to March
- Available to:
- Anyone, all ages welcome.
- £95 GBP per person
There are times when the ever popular Parahawking Experiences are fully booked. But don't despair! It's still possible to do some raptor related activities with us and even get to fly, up close alongside the Parahawking flight.
The Falconry and Fly day was created to ensure that no one misses out on our renowned raptor and flying experiences. Your day will start with the Falconry Experience at our beautiful home on the banks of Phewa Lake. During a 2 hour session, your experienced instructor will teach you the basic training methods, special handling techniques and how to use the equipment. You’ll then get to fly and exercise our birds, a great way to spend a morning and get some fantastic photos for a lasting memory.
Lunch is provided at our restaurant where you get a chance to relax and take in the beautiful views across the lake.
After lunch you'll be taken up for your special tandem Paragliding flight. It's special in the sense that your specially trained pilot will fly with and follow as close as possible that afternoons Parahawking flight. This will give you a totally unique perspective of Parahawking in action. You won't have a glove or food to call the bird in to you but you will have your hands free to take some incredible photos.
On landing, you'll be presented with the same detailed information on Vulture Conservation and how The Parahawking Project is contributing to the conservation effort, as are all our passengers and guests.
- Transport from Lakeside to Maya Devi Vallage in the morning
- Falconry Experience
- Lunch at Maya Devi Village
- Transport to the paragliding site
- Regular paragliding tandem flight
- Vulture conservation presentation
- Transport back to Lakeside in the afternoon
- Falconry Experience rated "excellent" by travellers
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The Parahawking Tandem Experience
Ranked the #1 activity in Pokhara on Trip Advisor, featured on the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel and recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of Pokhara's highlights. Parahawking is essentially paragliding and interacting with a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment. It was developed and pioneered in 2001 in Pokhara by Scott Mason. By combining paragliding with the ancient art of falconry, we have trained birds of prey to fly with us and guide us through the sky as we fly.
- Maya Devi Village, Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
- From October through to April
- Available to:
- Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply)
- £130 GBP
Parahawking is essentially paragliding and interacting with a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment. It was developed and pioneered in 2001 in Pokhara by Scott Mason. By combining paragliding with the ancient art of falconry, we have trained birds of prey to fly with us and guide us through the sky as we fly.
IN THE AIR
We fly with Kevin or Bob our two world famous Egyptian Vultures. They will guide us to the best thermals, soar with us as we climb above the mountains then come and land on YOUR hand many times during the flight. We'll take pictures and movie of the flight from our on-board cameras for you to take away. A totally unique and unforgettable experience.
ON THE GROUND
On landing, our highly trained staff will educate you on Vulture Conservation and how by flying with us you have directly helped to save Nepal's vultures from extinction. If Paragliding was on your bucket list then Parahawking will fulfil all your dreams, a truly unique once in a life time experience not to be missed.
Parahawking has been featured on the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, ABC News and is recommended by the Lonely Planet as one of Pokhara's highlights.
The Parahawking Tandem Experience is RANKED #1 ACTIVITY IN POKHARA ON TRIP ADVISOR. Hailed as the "must do" activity and is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Nepal.
Photos and Video
Our Parahawking photos and videos have been seen all over the world. We use special wide angle HD cameras which are set to capture every moment, perfectly framed with you, your pilot, the scenery and of course the bird.
On landing we'll copy your pictures and movie onto a DVD. Your picture may even make the Facebook Picture of the Day. Photos and Video can be arranged on the day with your pilot. The price is 2500 rupees.
Check out the pictures in our FACEBOOK PAGE to see the PICTURE OF THE DAY.
Domestic Flights in Nepal
BOOK YOUR DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL WITH US - CONVENIENT AND HASSLE FREE
It's important that when you book with us you arrive in plenty of time for your parahawking experience, and that you return to the airport in plenty of time for your onward journey.
We know how difficult it can be to arrange domestic travel in Nepal from overseas. We have partnered with the leading flight ticket agency in Pokhara to offer you the best service and competitive prices.
BOOK YOUR DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL WITH US - CONVENIENT AND HASSLE FREE
It's important when you book with us you arrive in plenty of time for your parahawking experience, and that you return to the airport in plenty of time for your onward journey.
We also know how difficult it can be to arrange internal travel in Nepal from overseas. Given that it's still not possible to book domestic flights online, we have partnered with the leading flight ticket agency in Pokhara to offer you the best service and competitive prices.
We can book your domestic flights tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara or any domestic airport in Nepal. We will send you an e-ticket via email in plenty of time for your flight.
Flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu run at regular intervals throughout the day.
The first flight is at around 8.00am and the last flight is at around 16.00pm.
Pokhara domestic airport is a short 10 min taxi ride to Lakeside and a further 10min to The Parahawking Project
The price is:
£100 per person - one way
£200 per person - return
How to book
Please fill out the booking form here
Do you need accommodation whilst you are in Pokhara? Maya Devi Village is the home of The Parahawking Project in Nepal, but it's also a lovely guest house and restaurant. It was built approx 20 years in ago in the traditional Gurung style to blend in with the local surroundings. Maya Devi was acquired by us in 2003 and has been carefully restored and renovated to provide modern facilities and some home comforts whilst retaining it's traditional theme.
Maya Devi Village is the home of The Parahawking Project in Nepal, but it's also a lovely guest house and restaurant. It was built approx 20 years in ago in the traditional Gurung style to blend in with the local surroundings. Maya Devi was acquired by us in 2003 and has been carefully restored and renovated to provide modern facilities and some home comforts whilst retaining it's traditional theme.
Maya Devi comprises of 5 traditional round stone and thatch huts plus the main house and restaurant and of course the aviaries where the birds reside. The accommodation comprises of a detached round lodge split onto two floors. The ground floor features an outdoor sun veranda, inside living area and attached bathroom, the second floor features the bedroom with 1 double bed and views over looking the lake. Each lodge has 24 hour hot water, battery backup power and free wireless internet.
Maya Devi Village is conveniently located just 2 km from the busy tourist center of Lakeside, close enough to enjoy the evening nightlife if you prefer but far enough to provide a hideaway for some peace and tranquility.
We have VERY limited availability, if you would like to book, please let us know as soon as possible.
We also offer Parahawking and Accommodation packages where you could save up to ¬£45
Everyone is welcome at Maya Devi Village, whether you are doing Parahawking or not.
The accommodation is available from September to the end of July.
Prices are as follows:
$65 USD per night - September to April
$50 USD per night - May to July
Discounts are available for longer stays
Frequently Asked Questions
Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.
Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!
Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.
We support vital Vulture conservation projects, proceeds from Parahawking go to Vulture conservations projects.