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Bir is known as the paragliding capital of India. There are plenty of places to travel to in India for adventure. Some are famous for bungee jumping, and river rafting. Some are famous for scuba diving. And then there is Bir, famous in India for paragliding. People from all over the world come to India to enjoy these adventures. Paragliding in India has become one of the leading adventure activities in the world for several years. The best and safest destination for paragliding in India is Bir Town in Himachal Pradesh.

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Best Paragliding Site In India- Bir & Billing

Bir and Billing are small villages located about 14km apart in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is always famous for its natural beauty and Tibetan culture. Billing is popular for its adventure sports. Billing is a paragliding take-off point, which offers panoramic views of the world’s second-highest, 8,000 feet high, valley below. The landing place is in the field west of Bir Chaugan. In the backdrop of the blue sky of the Bir these paragliders fly all the time with colorful wings. There is another name for Bir “Parindo Ke Nagari” ( City Of Birds). Bir is called the paragliding capital in India. In 2015 the paragliding World cup was held in Himachal Pradesh at Bir Billing villages for the first time.

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Bir landing ground
Bir landing ground

How To Go Bir Billing

There are many ways to go to the paragliding capital, I mean Bir Billing village. I go from Kolkata to Delhi and plan the rest to go from Delhi to Himachal mainly Bir. From Delhi and Chandigarh, you can reach Bir by Volvo bus or by car.

Delhi to Bir 489 kilometers. Time Take 11 to 12 hrs. There are various overnight buses ( Private and Government) operating from Delhi to Bir. Manju ka Tilla and Kashmeri gate from these two bus stand you will get a bus to Bir. Bus ranges from 1200 to 1400 depending upon the luxury and season.

Chandigarh to Bir is 289 kilometers. You can get a direct bus from Chandigarh ISBT to Bir. Time takes 7hrs by Car or bus. Bus cost around 1000 Rs.

The nearest airport Kangra Airport is 68 kilometers away from Bir town. The time takes 2 to 3 hours by car or bus. But to reach Kangra Airport, you need to go via Delhi Airport.

From Dharamsala and Mecloadganj you can easily reach Bir colony by hiring a car or taking a local bus. It will take 6 to 7 hrs. So what are you waiting for, enjoy your memorable flight in the paragliding capital of India.

Please Note Bir to Billing is 15Km & the time takes 40 minutes by car.

Bir Paragliding Information

Bir and Billing is the safest paragliding site in India. This is the place where India gets the opportunity of the International Paragliding World Cup. All amenities here meet international standards. You will always have a license holder paraglider with you whenever you paraglide. So don’t worry about your smooth landing. Some risks involved with adventure sports. To deal with this, experience rescue teams trained on-site to deal with any unforeseen accidents. The Bir Billing Paragliding adventure starts at Billing where you’ll be at approximately 7,600 feet above the ground. Expect to be in the air for 15 to 30 minutes after which you’ll land at Bir which is 4,300 feet above sea level.

Timing

You cannot paraglide when the region receives rainfall, usually from July to September. Otherwise, paragliding is done here all the time for the rest of the year. The best month is October till mid-December. This time you will see a gorgeous view of the Dhuladhar ranges with clear skies.

You can go paragliding anytime from 7 am in the morning to 6 pm. But people prefer paragliding at sunset. There is only one reason, the sky and the surrounding environment look so beautiful at this time. Many times while paragliding, you have to wait a long time at the take-off point for clear weather.

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Booking

Don’t need to book online. When you get in Bir, you will find lots of operators in the Tibetian colony bazaar area, who book paragliding and other activities all day long. There are also lots of paragliding instructor information in the hotel or hostel where you will be staying. Call them to book your time and enjoy.

Price

The cost of paragliding in Bir is INR 1800 to 2500. The flight journey time is 15 to 25 minutes. This price including

Bir to Billing transportation (15Km) and video photography. Some people can do 45 minutes of paragliding if they want, in which case the charges become INR 4000.

Please Note There is another still photographer on the landing site. When someone is landing the photographer clicks a lot of your landing pictures. And then sells them 200 Rs for all pictures. But it’s up to you whether you want to buy those pictures or not.

Age & Weight

There is a certain weight limit for paragliding, which is that you have to weigh between 15 kg and 95 kg. If your weight is between 95 kg and 115 kg, then you too can fly, but you have to pay a fee of 500 rupees. Children under the age of 18 will also need parental consent to fly.

Safety Precaution

Always Choo’s license holder and experienced paragliding instructor.

Wear something warm when you go paragliding.

You need sports shoes that fit properly. During takeoff and landing time you need to be running so good shoes will help you.

Avoid carrying too many things. You will be dropped off at another point after you land, so carry just what you need.

Don’t eat heavy food before paragliding.

Don’t panic in the air. Be a team player do as your instructor say and enjoy the thrill in the air.

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Fly Solo In Paragliding Capital

You can have your solo paragliding experience here. But for that, you have to do a month’s course at the paragliding institute here. And only if they give you a certificate after taking the exam then you can fly solo. Lots of tourists from India go there for about a month only to learn paragliding. The government operates a national paragliding institute with training facilities for domestic and international pilots. So fly solo in the paragliding capital of India.

Please NoteThe local police can take a fine of up to 1000 RS for not wearing musk. So wear your mask.

About Me

Bir Is the Hidden Ecotourism Village Of Himachal Pradesh. Tucked between Kashmir and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh has as much to offer as its famous neighbors. One such small and hidden place in Himachal as well as India is Bir. The remote town of Bir is known today for its tea gardens, Tibetan culture, monastery, ecotourism, and Para-gliding. Bir is the place of the history of the ancient Bara-Banghal Kingdom. Bir was the southern outpost of the kingdom, which was centered between the Dhauladhars and the Pir Panjal Range. Stretched from Bir in the southeast to Chamba in the west and Lahaul to the north. With a mixed population of a few thousand Indians and Tibetans. It is such a quiet place in Himachal that it will have an impactful effect on your mind for a long time.

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Why Bir Is Famous In India?

To the point, Bir is famous for best Paragliding site in India. Known as the paragliding capital of India. As well as Bir attracts adventure seekers from all over the world. Bir is also known to be a center for ecotourism as well as spiritual studies. Bir is also famous for authentic Tibetan food. Several restaurants run by the Tibetan family offer authentic Tibetan tasting and flavored food. One of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh for a long weekend gateway.

 Bir is famous for best Paragliding site in India
Bir is famous for best Paragliding site in India

Bir Temperature

Within 7 months out of 12 months, Bir’s weather is very pleasant. At this time most of the tourists come to visit. Due to the monsoon (June July & August), the number of tourists is a bit low, and paragliding is completely closed to the weather at this time. Bir has wonderful pleasant summer and a bit of snowfall at peak in winters.

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How To Go

There are many ways to go to the ecotourism town, Bir. I go from Kolkata to Delhi and plan the rest to go from Delhi to Himachal mainly Bir. You can reach Bir by Volvo bus or by car from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Delhi To Bir

Indian Bus
On My Way To Bir

Delhi to Bir 489 kilometers. Time Take 11 to 12 hrs. There are various overnight buses ( Private and Government) operating from Delhi to Bir. Manju ka Tilla and Kashmeri gate from these two bus stand you will get a bus to Bir. Bus ranges from 1200 to 1400 depending upon the luxury and season.

Chandigarh To Bir

Chandigarh to Bir is 289 kilometers. You can get a direct bus from Chandigarh ISBT to Bir. Time takes 7hrs by Car or bus. Bus cost around 1000 Rs.

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Nearest Airport

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport, which is 68 kilometers away from Bir town.

From Dharamsala and Mecloadganj you can easily reach Bir colony by hiring a car or taking a local bus. It will take 6 to 7 hrs.

Please Note- Because of the pandemic, you have to wear a mask all the time on the streets of Bir, according to the rules of the government. The police can take a fine of up to 1000 rupees for not wearing musk.

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About Me

My Next Trip To Himachal Pradesh Cover picture source by Google Image

My next travel trip after the final vaccination is to Himachal Pradesh. What is happiness If no problem rises planning the travel? I have been studying where to travel next for a long time. Even a few years ago, planning this trip was easy. But in this time of the pandemic, when it comes to traveling somewhere, safety issues become very important. After my final vaccination, I wanted a place where people travel less. And that place will be quite far from Kolkata. Because it’s always fascinating to me to struggle for reaching my travel destination. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go to Himachal Pradesh. But I am not going to Shimla, Manali, or Spiti valley the famous tourist spots. I am planning to go to two small villages called Bir & Billing in west Joginder Nagar Valley. Surrounded by Tibetan culture, these two Himachal villages are now becoming popular among travelers.

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Planning

I always plan to visit all the places in India in one trip. Many places in India have come to my mind while thinking about where to go next. Kedarnath & Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Sandakphu, Tribeni & Kalimpong in North Bengal, Le Ladakh trip, Varanasi & Agra in Uttar Pradesh. After recharging all the places I finally decided I would go to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Then I will reach Agra by road from Varanasi. But you know what happened next? While looking for hotels and hostels to stay in Varanasi and Agra on various websites, I came across a small Himachal village hostel. And once I see it, I like the atmosphere and vibe of that hostel. So now the journey in front of me is not Varanasi Agra, it is Himachal Pradesh Bir, and Billing Village.

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Unplaning

I want to know, whose travel planning is perfect. My travel plan is never perfect. A new place, new people, a new environment, and new life every morning, that’s what makes me feel good on my travel days. I booked my hostel in Himachal first and booked my flight back flight from Delhi to Kolkata ten days later (Because on that day that flight was available at the lowest price). The remaining 10 days of travel are still unknown to me.

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Safety First

Hey, have you completed your final vaccinations? It is very important to complete the vaccination if you want to travel anywhere in India and outside India. But once the vaccination is done, it’s not all over. Some simple safety rules should be followed all the time.

  • Use your Mask. (Your masks help protect those around you)
  • Maintain Social Distancing..(The most important travel precaution is to maintain at least a 3-meter distance from any others)
  • A little difficult but we have to be careful not to touch the eyes, face, and nose as much as possible.
  • Cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but if someone still smokes, it’s important to keep it in mind. Smoking as far away from others as possible and taking care not to pass the same cigarette to others.
  • We have to take care to keep ourselves as clean as possible.
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