Located in the Dhauladhar mountain range amidst majestic mountains, Bir Billing is one of the most fantastic aero sports sites throughout the world. It attracts numerous tourists and adventure lovers from India as well as abroad. The paragliding capital of India is the only place that holds a paragliding world cup each year.
The launching point for the gliders a here is at 8500 feet on the Dhauladhar ranges. It is an ideal launch pad and a favorite among the international paragliding circuits. A pleasant grassland above Bir and Chaughan makes for the most brilliant gliding sites all over the world. Get the feeling of flying high up in the sky through the tandem paragliding facilties provided here. If you are a newbie no worries, you would be accompanied by a pilot with an international license and an experience of over 5000 hours of flying. The best part of this adventure sport is that there is neither a specific age limit nor any special training required. You only have to accompany the pilot and find a place on your own seat to have a memorable time in the sky.
Perfect time: If the season is suitable, you can indulge in this adventure activity throughout the year. March to May and August to November months are the most pleasant.
Paragliding made more fun
- To enjoy flying to the fullest, make sure you carry woolen clothes and windcheater.
- High resolution camera should be carried without fail.
- Sturdy ankle support shoes, gloves and long trousers are a must.
Mountain biking, nature walks, angling, trekking and hiking are some of the other outdoor activities offered at Bir Billing. Yoga workshops and meditation programs are also held here for visitors who wish to relax and rejuvenate themselves.
River pools in upper Bir, peaceful monasteries and the tea gardens are a must visit for tourists. Baijnath, a small town 9 kilometers from Bir is one of the most popular pilgrimage places. The beautifully carved Vaidyanath Temple of Lord Shiva here is believed to be one of twelve jyotirlingas. On the way to Baijnath, you can visit Palpung Sherab Ling, a Karma Kagyu Tibetan Monastery.
Reaching Bir Biling
Bir is at abut 62 kilometers from Dhramshala and Guggal (near Dharamshala) is the nearest major airport. The major railhead is at Pathankot and there is a morning train from Pathankot to Ahju, which is only 3kms from Bir. There are many semi deluxe or deluxe buses available from Delhi to towns nearby like Dharamsala, Palampur, Baijnath. From there you can book a cab to take a bus. Bir is about 520 kms away from Bir.
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