A lot of people have a wish list of the things that want to do before they reach a certain age. Paragliding appears in these lists are very often and for good reason. There has always been a certain charm about the idea of flying in air, and what better way to have that magic feeling. So if you want to experience the thrill of paragliding, paragliding in a place with a great landscape like Bir Billing will even more memorable.
In Himachal Pradesh, there are many places for paragliding. Among them the Bir Valley is the most famous for paragliding and hang-gliding. Bir Valley has the nice whether throughout the year and it offers great heights and right amount of thermals for para-gliders.
Also known as Bir Billing, it is surely one of the most beautiful sites of paragliding in the world. Located in the foothills of the Himalayan chain, having the potential sailing for hundreds of kilometres with a backdrop of snowy peaks rising to nearly 6000 meters! You can share your thermal with vultures and eagles and surf to the stratospheric ceilings with your leading edge.
Bir is located 530 KM North of Delhi, in the region of Himachal Pradesh. Taking off from Billing located 14 KM away from the village is accessed by trail and offers a wonderful panorama.
From the Bir Valley, most common mountain chain is Dhauladhar ranges which will lead to Palampur (30 KM) and Dharamshala (60 KM). Dharamshala is a place where leader and Guru of Tibetans, The Dalai Lama lives. To the East, it is a distance about 65km which will take you to Mandi. Assuming northward through deserted valleys is Manali (110 KM) that awaits you.
The paragliding take-off site is located at 2500 meters is a nice grassy dome, accessible to anyone without any problem (a single road for 2 wheeler and 4 wheeler motor vehicles), which allows you to take off, but especially in the South and West, when the breeze strengthens.
The landing site is located in village Keori and on the edge of Tibetan Colony. The landing site lies alongside with Chougan-Keori Road. It’s a quite clear and wide open ground with green grass and lots of fields around it with very few trees.
Generally Bir Billing remains open for paragliding from the mid of September to the 1st week of July. From July to August the valley remain closed due to heavy rainfall. Lots of tourists from the other countries and various parts of the country usually come here in two different period of time for paragliding:
The best timing for paragliding starts from The 1st week of October till the Mid of December. The months of October and November are the best time for paragliding. During this period the wind remains clam and little warm almost every day which is good for normal flight. The paragliding competitions use to happen during this time.
The second best period for paragliding starts from the beginning of March till June. This period is the longest season for paragliding in Bir Billing and good for cross country flying as you get lots of thermal. But the wind is quite strong during the day and thunderstorms may be frequent during this time.
From the mid of December, January till the mid of February are valid for paragliding, but flight remain low as the cool air temperature does not encourage the para-glider to fly high or for longer duration.
The average price for paragliding in Bir Billing is INR 2500 for approx 15 to 30 Min Flight. But this price may vary from different paragliding service provider.
Here at Billing Adventure, We have standard price for a normal paragliding. We normally charges INR 2000 per person for single 15-30 minutes paragliding. In this price the transportation charges are also included and you also don’t have to worry as we won’t ask you anything, “No Hidden Charges” and “No Service Tax”. The take-off site is approx 18 KM away from where we pick you.
Also we have various different packages for paragliding. The Medium Flying Package will offer you to fly from 30 Min – 45 Min in the air. The Next we offer in The Long Flying. The duration of this flying range from 45 Min – 60 Min. For those who want to fly for much longer period of time we also have The Cross Country Flying. The timing for cross country flying will be more than 1 hour. The timing can vary as per client’s choice. Our pilots are also well experienced for Acrobatic stunts in the air. We can also offer Acrobatic stunts while flying on clients request. Kindly remember, The price will vary from package to package, amount of duration of flying and for Acrobatic stunts in the air.
We wish you a very happy and adventurous paragliding in Bir Billing. You can also check our “FAQs” Section down below for more details. If you still have some questions which are unanswered here feel free to drop us a message or give us a call on our given numbers.
Paragliding is an act of flying in the air with the help of a para-glider that allows you to fly freely taking advantage of wind currents, like birds. In paragliding, the para-glider is adapted to be take-off from a slope of a hill or a place which is quite high from normal ground with favourable wind conditions. The normal para-glidier does not have any kind of motor or engine to propel itself. The one having small engine with propeller on the back is called para-motor glider in which an engine to propel itself, but in the case of Paragliding we perform only free flight without motor.
To fly alone, you just need to do a training course for Solo Paragliding, but if what you just want to live the experience of flying, Tandem Paragliding give you the option of flying with an instructor or trained pilot. The instructor or trained pilot is one who will handle the para-glider while you enjoy the flight.
In Solo Paragliding, only one man is able to fly the para-glider in the air. First, he needs to go to the edge of a high sloppy hill and gear himself with all the required equipment for flying. Then he needs to check the wind conditions and if the conditions are favourable the he simply needs to run towards the end of sloppy hill. For Solo Paragliding, one need to be fully trained in Paragliding. A well experienced pilots can be able to fly the para-glider.
Tandem Paragliding for those who are inexperienced and basically do not know how to fly with a para-glider. This kind of Paragliding is for those who use to come to Bir Billing in a short time and want to enjoy the flying thrills using Tandem Paragliding. In Tandem Paragliding, there are 2 persons flying with single para-glider. For Tandem Paragliding one must be a well trained pilot among them. The pilot usually sits behind the other person and he is the one who is fully responsible for flying the para-glider during the flight time. The other person simply enjoys the adventure of flying.
For a tandem flight you do not need any prior knowledge or special physical condition, the only thing is to wear comfortable shoes and dress that allow you to make a short flying trip. You should be mentally and physically fit for Paragliding. You may have to face the forces up-to 5Gs (Gravitational Forces) during flight.
The flight duration depends on the height of the takeoff and the existence of thermals and / or dynamic, so it is impossible to know how long the flight before seeing these conditions.
Paragliding from the edge of the Billing take-off point, about 2400 meters above sea level, enabling us to secure minimum 10 minute top to bottom flight, even if there is no favourable wind current. If the conditions permit, the flight will last long for hours.
Paragliding is an adventure sport, and as such has some level of risk we try to minimize using approved equipment, safety (helmet, suitable footwear, ..) and an emergency para-glider we have available in case any incident occurs. We also believe that the best way to prevent accidents is to fly only under favourable weather conditions and experienced pilots. Tandem Paragliding fly only if conditions are completely favourable, without taking risks for the client nor for the pilot, and to date none of our drivers needed to use the emergency para-glider.