Do you sometimes feel like escaping everything and flying far away like a bird? Paragliding is one way to experience just that. India provides many wonderful destinations, but the most recommended of all is paragliding in Himachal Pradesh. You’ll soar through the clear blue skies, witness fantastic snow-clad peaks below you, and feel the wind slap against your face. You’re in for a magical treat. The high mountains and the convenient winds will let you stay longer up in the air.
Bir Billing has quickly become known as the best paragliding destination in India. Known for the fabulous landscape, the splendid views, and the convenient launch and landing spots, paragliding in Bir Billing is a must-try. Paragliding in Bir Billing is great throughout the year, except during the monsoon months of July to September.
Tandem paragliding is when an instructor handles the craft and the passenger is strapped into a separate harness in front. All you need to do is sit and enjoy the spectacular views laid out for you while paragliding in Bir Billing, such as the snow-covered Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, and the Kangra Valley.
There are some itineraries that combine trekking and paragliding in the scenic hills of Bir Billing to give you double the fun. You'll trek through the green hills of Himachal Pradesh, spend the night in tents, and then go for a thrilling tandem paragliding in Bir Billing. The take-off point lies at an elevation of over 9000 feet, so you’ll get a birds-eye view of Himachal’s prettiest region.
If you want to try paragliding in Manali, you should head to Solang Valley. Situated between Beas Kund and the Solang Village is Solang Valley, also a famous skiing spot. Along with parachuting, skiing, zorbing, and skating, paragliding in Manali is one of the chosen adventure sports amongst enthusiasts.
Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh is active almost all year round, except during the monsoon months, and during peak winter months.
Even if it’s sunny on the ground, it might get cold while you are in the air, paragliding in Manali or paragliding in Shimla. Wear a thick shirt or a sweatshirt. Avoid wearing shoes that might slip off, and remember to empty your pockets before you fly.
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.
Day 1: Go paragliding in Solang Valley
Today, you have to arrive at Solang take-off point anytime after 09:00 hrs and meet the operator there. The pilot will first give you an introductory briefing along with the safety guidelines. After the briefing session, you’ll get strapped into the paraglider with the pilot and prepare for take-off.
For take-off, you’ll begin with a brisk run to create some uplift under the paraglider and once it has enough lift, you’ll feel it tug you up. You’ll see the ground drop away under you as you head higher and higher into the blue skies.
You’ll be treated to the magnificent landscape of the Himalayas that consist of lush valleys flanked by towering Himalayan mountains. You’ll see small villages and cerulean lakes dotting the landscape.
And at the end of the session, the pilot will glide the paraglider slowly to the ground. Once you touchdown, you’ll stop your landing with a brisk walk. You’ll then get unstrapped. The trip ends here.
The paragliding in Manali price includes one paragliding session of 15 min along with basic orientation and briefing. The cost also includes the services of an experienced paragliding pilot and support staff. Lastly, all applicable taxes are included in the package.
The paragliding in Manali price does not include any kind of transport from your hotel in Manali to the take-off point and back. The cost neither includes any personal expenses like meals, beverages, tips, etc. nor does it include any kind of costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, landslides, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, if used.
The best time to fly in the skies of Himachal Pradesh is usually all year round except during the monsoon season and peak winter season.
It should also be noted that paragliding in Himachal Pradesh greatly depends on the wind conditions of the day.
By air: Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar, Dharamsala, Kangra Airport in Gaggal and Shimla Airport in Jubberhatti are the three domestic airports in Himachal Pradesh that are well connected to major Indian cities via regular flights. Once at any of these airports you can reach your destination through the many private cabs/taxis available at the airports
By rail: There are two narrow-gauge railway lines that serves Himachal Pradesh, one connecting Kalka with Shimla and the other one connecting Pathankot to Kangra.
By road: Himachal Pradesh is well connected to the major cities in India via road. There are frequent buses from Punjab, Delhi and Haryana for places like Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala.
You don't need any special apparel for your tandem paragliding adventure in Himachal Pradesh. Wear comfortable full-sleeved t-shirt/shirt that is thick and pair it with full-length pants. Make sure the shoes you wear are sturdy hiking boots that offer good ankle support.
All the required technical paragliding equipment and safety gear will be given to you by your operator. You will be required to carry a water bottle, some snacks, sunglasses with a strap and your camera.
There is no need to prepare beforehand for your tandem paragliding in Himachal Pradesh; however, a basic level of fitness is required. You need to be above 16 years of age and have a maximum weight of 120 kg.
Of course. An instructor will be flying with you and managing all the paragliding equipment, so all you have to do is pay attention to the instructions, sit back and enjoy the experience. Hence, this tandem flight is perfect for beginners. If you enjoy the flight, you can choose to sign up for a 3-4 day course.
Being an extreme sport, paragliding may involve some risk. However, during paragliding in Himachal Pradesh, the risk becomes almost nonexistent. The instructors/pilots are highly experienced and they make sure that the weather conditions are ideal before taking flight. They also make sure that you're strapped in tight. To ascertain maximum safety, they may cancel the flight or wait for the right wind conditions if the weather is not favourable.
No, you will be flying with an experienced and certified pilot who will be strapped behind you and will control the paraglider. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the flight.
The packing list for your paragliding trip in Himachal Pradesh is very short. Pack a bottle of water and some light snacks to munch on as you may have to wait for the wind conditions to be in your favour. Also, be sure to carry sunscreen and before you fly, it would be a good idea to empty your pockets. You can also carry your camera to capture all the thrilling moments.
Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh is ideal and exciting almost all year round except during the monsoon months of July through September. The peak winter months may also hinder your paragliding session. At the end of the day, your flight will depend on the wind conditions of the day.
All the paragliding equipment and any safety gear required will be provided to you by your operator. Other than that, wear comfortable full-sleeved t-shirt/shirt and full-length pants, paired with sturdy shoes that offer good ankle support. Moreover, flying in the Himachali skies may be a little chilly so it's best to wear a warm jacket.