Bir-Billing is taken into consideration one of the maximum herbal locations for the paragliding and is set 60 km from Kangra town of Himachal Pradesh. In Billing the take off site is situated at an altitude of 2,326 metres, has been reconstructed to permits 15 to 50 gliders to take off concurrently. The total area of landing site at Bir, located at 1,361 meters, has also been expanded for safe landing. This is one of the excellent places you could discover if you are in a mood to do some adventure. Bir was meant to be discovered and explored on foot; slowly and carefully. Choose to trek, hike or walk through several forest trails and enjoy the view and weather of one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh, so why Waiting Mountains are calling and you must go.
Some facts about Bir-Billing
FACT NO -1
Bir has the world’s second best paragliding launch site in the world (after Lake Como, Italy), and the best for paragliding in India, at Billing, a valley 14 kms north to Bir. Every year over hundreds of professional pilots from different countries come to Bir to participate in this adventurous activity which is one of the strongest tours in India. Himachal Pradesh tourism ministry has put the best infrastructure for the professionals and the visitors too.
FACT NO- 2
Back in 2015, The Paragliding World Cup got underway from the billing paragliding site, Union Minister of Civil Aviation P. Gajapati Raju flagged off pilots. Despite overcast situations, the pilots took to the skies amidst cheers of encouragement from the crowds that thronged Billing. A total of 130 pilots representing more than 37 countries took part in the World Cup. The local Billing Paragliding Association was the organizers of the event, while the Airports Authority of India (AAI) was the title sponsored. For the first time GPS-aided GEO augmented navigation (GAGAN), an India SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) Program jointly developed by the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the AAI were used for live tracking of the pilots.
FACT NO- 3
The billing paragliding affiliation is the enterprise recognized by way of the Aero membership of India, which in flip is the handiest body diagnosed by Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the world governing body for air sports, and the Paragliding World Cup Association (PWCA). The Association of billing successfully organized the Pre-World Cup of Paragliding in 2013 in billing.
FACT NO- 4
The field at the AAI Paragliding World Cup is one of the strongest on the tour Julien Wirtz of France is the top-ranked pilot who participated in the event who holds the position World No. 1 in ranking, Followed by Vidic Jurij of Slovenia, Julien Wirtz of France and Torsten Siegel of Germany. Andreas Malecki of Germany (former World No. 1 from September 2011 to February 2012) and Maxine Pinot of France (World No. 8 and winner of 2014 Super Cup in Turkey) The Indian challenge will be led by Ajay Kumar, who is the country one of the most experienced pilots.
Things to do in Bir-Billing-
The internationally known charitable organization, Dharmalaya, has its very renowned school in Bir that promoted education and empowerment for compassionate living with a focus of sustainable village development. The offer periodic classes and seminars on philosophy,meditation, health, ecology and organic gardening.
Bir Tea Factory:
A Bir co-operative, it offers eco-tours for those interested in learning about the process and nuances of tea productions. Added bonus is a great tour of gorgeous and fragrant tea plantations!
Placed in Chowgan, this terrifi monastery with an impressive stupa at its gate, often open seminars on Buddhist discourse for the public.Take a stroll at one of the previously privately owned tea gardens of Chowgan.
Best Time to visit-
There is no such special Months to Visit Bir-billing but best Flying Season is from March to mid-June, mid-September to March.
Prices to glide-
Range from company to company, offering adventure sport options. You can expect price ranging from 2000 to 3500.
Where to stay-
There is a camping site near to the forest area of billing there is a option of pitching dome tents anytime other than that various options are available, You can book well infrastructure Hotels, Guest House, Home stays as per your choice..