Paragliding in Himachal
Bir Billing is located around 530 km. away from our national capital New Delhi. Bir Billing is considered as the 2nd best place for paragliding in the World and the best in India. Many foreign pilots travel to Bir Billing every year in the month of October and November. Due to the increasing popularity, Bir Billing hosted 1st Paragliding World cup of India in Oct 2015. In this paragliding world cup, pilots from 135 countries had participated.
Going back in the history, Bruce Mills from New Zealand was among those to introduce Hangliding at Bir Billing in early 80’s but the trees at the Lower areas made the landing difficult. Later some French introduced Paragliding here and then many pilots started attracting towards Bir Billing. Then after, the govt. connected Bir Billing with a motorable road, which boosted paragliding as a popular sport here.
Bir and Billing are two different places located 16 km away from each other. Bir is located at 1350 metres. from sea level and it is the paragliding landing area, whereas Billing is situated at 2430 meters. from sea level and is the paragliding take-off point. For doing paragliding, everyone has to drive to Billing for one hour in the hilly, mountainous road.
Mr. Arvind Paul is amongst the top Paragliding pilots of India and flew at almost all the paragliding destinations in India. He helped us in listing the ranking of all the places.
Camping in Bir
As regards to staying, the Best Place for staying at Bir Billing is Camp Oak View that is located in the Oak forest at 04 km. away from paragliding landing area. Camp Oak View has beautiful and cozy bell tents, a very industrious and knowledgeable team which is proficient in designing the tailor- made Trekking, Camping and Paragliding itineraries.
One can trek from Bir (2,000m) to Billing (2600m). The 14 km distance from Bir to Billing is actually a rock road and can be covered on foot. On this trek u can cross Bir river, Wildlife Ladgwal village, Valley of stone. and Hanumangarh view. Dinner with Bonfire and night stay in the camp.
The location itself of the camp is very beautiful.