Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for trying something unique. During his foreign visit, he had played drums. Now it has been learnt that PM Modi had tried paragliding. He even exhorted his security guards to have a go at paragliding. PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Aanchal Thakur from Himachal Pradesh for winning India\u2019s first medal at an international skiing event. Aanchal hails from Manali and her father Roshan Lal Thakur is an instructor. During the campaigning in Himachal elections in November, PM Modi had spoken in public about how he became a fan of paragliding when he visited Solang two decades ago \u2014 and how 'a Thakur' was his first instructor. \u201cProbably, he doesn\u2019t know that he had tweeted the name of the girl whose father\u2019s name he mentioned in Manali two months ago. I was among the crowd but did not get an opportunity to meet him,\u201d says Thakur. Aanchal has bagged bronze at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey, a tournament recognised by the International Skiing Federation. PM Modi tweeted: \u201cWell done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.\u201d Take a look at PM Modi's Tweet Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours. \u2014 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 10, 2018 PM Modi tried his hand at paragliding in an institute run by Thakur in 1997, during a political tour to Solang. In the late 90s, Modi was BJP\u2019s in-charge of Himachal, Thakur claimed. \u201cA local leader brought Modiji to show him the paragliding facility. The ground was slushy because it had been raining. He wanted to give it a try but I said he couldn\u2019t because you need a firm ground for the run-up. But he was adamant. He tried it and he was hooked,\u201d says Thakur. Aanchal has never met Modi, but has heard about her father\u2019s connection. \u201cI never imagined that the Prime Minister would tweet about me. I can\u2019t believe it. I hope this brings more recognition to Winter Olympics. I owe my success to my father,\u201d she says. Being a paragliding instructor was actually Thakur\u2019s summer job. In the winters, the 1989 national skiing champion used to take to the snow-capped slopes of Manali. His son Himanshu represented India at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. \u201cAfter our first meeting, Modiji used to come practically every month, and he\u2019d bring lots of people along\u2026 On one visit, he travelled with a security team and on reaching the academy, encouraged his bodyguards to have a go at paragliding,\u201d says Thakur. Thakur says he was in touch with Modi for a while after he became the chief minister of Gujarat. In 2012, he says, Modi called to ask him to visit Gujarat\u2019s Saputara, where an adventure sports institute was being set up.