Paragliding is an adventure sport that is gaining popularity in India, and the best place for that is Bir Billing. The place is a heaven for paragliding lovers around the world and regularly comes under the top paragliding destinations in India. This is due to the terrific views, and brilliant climatic and wind conditions at Bir Billing.
Here, as you soar thousands of feet in the air, through the blue skies, you are treated to the breathtaking landscape of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks all around you that rise and fall like ripples, just sharper. And amidst the mountains and under your feet are the lush Himalayan valleys, dotted here and there by quaint hamlets, winding roads and sparkling rivers. The experience of paragliding in Bir Billing is simply breathtaking.
Along with the views, the cold wind that ruffles your hair is also responsible for the smooth flights here. These winds are strong and stable, letting you fly longer and higher. There is minimal turbulence, and the flight - though thrilling - is still serene and relaxing. And because of such stable winds, the take-off and landings are smooth too.
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On our website, we have listed various tandem paragliding flights that vary with the flight time. There are the short tandem flights that last only for 15-20 min. These short flights are perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of paragliding but don’t want to dedicate a lot of time.
Then there are the long tandem flights that last around 40-50 min and take you even higher into the skies. And last, the cross-country flights let you fly for over an hour, around 80-90 min winding through the higher altitudes. Depending on your preferences, budget and time, you can book any one of these flights.
For your flight session in Bir Billing, you first have to arrive at the Tibetan Colony in Bir on the given time. There, you will be greeted by the tour operator who will then drive you to the take-off point in Billing. Once at the take-off point, you will meet the pilot who will brief you about the activity and introduce you to the safety guidelines. You’ll then get strapped into the paraglider and prepare for take-off.
You will then begin running with the paraglider gaining more uplift with every step. After a few seconds, you’ll feel the paraglider tugging and lifting you, and you’ll see the ground drop beneath you. With the cold wind in your hair and under the paraglider, you will rise higher and higher, and you’ll be treated to the magnificent Himalayan views of the snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys.
At the end of your flight, you’ll see Bir under you and the pilot will start the landing procedure. You’ll see the ground slowly getting closer and closer. And you’ll then touch down with a few brisk steps to reduce your momentum. The pilot will then help you get yourself unstrapped from the paraglider. The paragliding flight in Bir Billing ends here.
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Day 1: Go paragliding in Bir Billing
Today, you have to report to the Tibetan Colony in Bir at the given time and meet the operator there. They will then drive you to the take-off point in Billing. There, you’ll receive a thorough briefing session about the activity and safety guidelines. You’ll then strap into the paraglider and prepare for take-off.
Once you are ready, harnesses and straps checked, you and the pilot will run with the paraglider gradually rising behind you. And once it has enough lift, you’ll feel one tug and see the ground drop away beneath you. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views while soaring through the sky, you’ll see the verdant valleys, quaint villages and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
The pilot will then guide the paraglider to the landing site and you’ll watch as the ground comes closer and closer. And then, you’ll touch down. You’ll then strap-out of the paraglider. The trip ends here.
The Bir Billing paragliding tour package includes one tandem paragliding ride from Billing to Bir along with all the paragliding equipment and safety gear like a helmet. Additionally, the package also includes travel arrangements from Bir to Billing. The services of an experienced pilot and support crew are also included. Lastly, all applicable taxes are also included in the Bir Billing paragliding cost.
The Bir Billing paragliding price does not include any kind of transport from your home-city to Bir. Nor does it include any kind of personal expenses such as meals, beverages, etc. or any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, strikes, etc. The package also does not consist of any kind of adventure or travel insurance. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.
Bir Billing paragliding can be done almost throughout the year, except during the monsoon season and in the months of peak winters. During monsoons, the activity is impossible to do because of heavy rains, and during the peak winters, the temperatures are too low.
But throughout the rest of the year, Bir Billing has some of the best wind conditions in the world for paragliding. The winds are smooth and stable, and strong enough to let you fly longer and higher. The views are also superb with almost no cloud cover, letting you enjoy the panorama of snow-capped mountains and lush valleys under you.
For the Bir Billing paragliding, you have to reach Bir where the take-off site is located. And though it is a popular tourist destination, there are no direct flights or trains connecting to it. But there are many regular bus services, both state and privately run, that connect Bir to most major towns and cities of North India.
The closest railway to Bir, however, is the Gaggal Airport in Dharamshala at 68 km. This airport is connected to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kullu, etc. by regular flights.
And the closest railway station is at Pathankot at 142 km. This is a broad gauge station connecting to major cities of India since it is a major stopping point for express trains heading to Kashmir. There is also a narrow-gauge rail line from Pathankot to Ahju which is 3 km from Bir.
From these places, you can easily hail local transport to reach Bir, either by bus or taxi. Or you can even drive your own car since the route is scenic and the roads are well maintained.
For the paragliding flight in Bir Billing, you do not have to wear any kind of specialized items of clothing. All you have to wear are basic clothes but do wear a thick t-shirt or a sweatshirt as it can get cold as you fly higher.Also, remember to wear sturdy shoes that provide good ankle support as sometimes the landing can be a bit rough
For paragliding in Bir Billing, you don’t have to carry any paragliding equipment. The tour operator will provide all the paragliding equipment including safety helmets. All you have to carry is your personal essentials. Do carry a sunscreen though, to save your skin from the sun
Paragliding in Bir Billing is easy and does not require any kind of prior experience or fitness levels. Since the paraglider will be handled by the pilot, you just have to hang back and enjoy the experience of flying through the skies whilst enjoying stunning Himalayan views.
Just like any other adventure sport, paragliding too comes with some risk, but with proper precautions, this risk can easily be minimized. And to do so, the operators choose to use the top quality gear and safety equipment.
Along with this, the pilots are also well trained and certified, able to cope with any kind of issue that might occur during the flight. They also follow the utmost safety guidelines to ensure everything goes well. And if they deem the weather conditions to be unfavourable, they will cancel the flight. So, taking these into account, paragliding in Bir Billing is as safe as it can be, and there’s no need to worry about anything.
Though shoes are of no use when flying, they do come in handy when you are landing. During these landings, sometimes you end up touching down on an uneven surface or might come in too fast requiring you to run before coming to a stop. For this, it is important that you wear good quality, comfortable shoes that, preferably, also provides ankle support.
For tandem paragliding flights in Bir Billing, you do not need any kind of experience or certification as you will be accompanied by a certified pilot. The pilot will pilot the paraglider and all you have to do is hang back and enjoy the flight. This means that even beginners with no experience can go for Bir Billing paragliding tours.
No, for the paragliding tour in Bir Billing, you will always be accompanied by a pilot. The pilot will handle the paraglider along with taking off and landing.
The flight time entirely depends on the package that you book. On our website, we have packages listed from short tandem flights that last for 15-20 min to long tandem flights that last for around 40 min. And there are also cross country flights that let you fly for around 90 min.
Fear is subjective, especially when you are hanging off a parachute with nothing between you and the ground for thousands of feet. But paragliding, along with being exciting, is also a serene experience, especially in Bir Billing. Thanks to the stable winds, paragliding is smooth, giving minimal jerky scares. It is scary only if you are afraid of heights, otherwise, it is a fun and exciting experience.
Paragliding in Bir Billing happens throughout the year except during the monsoon season and peak winters. Due to harsh, cold winds during winter, and the heavy rains during monsoon, paragliding becomes impossible.
During the rest of the months, the climate is stable and the winds are strong yet smooth, offering the best paragliding conditions. So you can go paragliding in Bir Billing anytime you want.
The Bir Billing paragliding session begins in Billing, where you take off, and ends at Bir, where you land. But as for most itineraries, you have to arrive at Bir. From Bir, the tour operator will arrange the transport to the take-off point in Billing. At the end of the flight, when you land is Bir, no transport is required. So yes, the transport is included in the Bir Billing paragliding packages but only from Bir to Billing before your takeoff
To pilot a paraglider, you need to be a certified paraglider who has prior experience and training on flying. Only then can you fly your own paraglider in Bir Billing. For the tandem paragliding flights, the pilot will control the paraglider and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the flight.