Bird’s Eye View – A Guide To Paragliding In Bir Billing

Introduction

Bir and billing are two small villages in the same valley of northern Himachal Pradesh. But these two villages are complementary to one another. That means you cannot enjoy one of them without visiting the other. Bir got its name from a ruler from the Sen Dynasty, Birsen. influenced by Tibetan culture, this little village is located in the Joginder Nagar Valley. 

Being home to a Tibetan refugee settlement, it has numerous monasteries along with a large stupa that will take you by awe in all their reds and whites, making your tour very peaceful. Adorned by various pretty dotting cafés serving delicious food in their chic style, this place also offers some thrilling activities like paragliding, hiking, and camping. 

Overview of Paragliding in Bir Billing

One of these activities that Bir Billing is famous for is paragliding. Rightly called the “paragliding capital of India”, Bir Billing is the 2nd highest paragliding site in the world. The landing site of paragliding is located at Bir while the take-off site is Billing, making both of these places a doubleton destination. Although Bir Billing wasn’t always this popular. In the year 2015, this village hosted the Paragliding World Cup for the 1st time after which its popularity shot up. It became popular to an extent that it often comes at par with Manali and McLeod Ganj. 

During this championship around 150 trained paragliders competed for the ultimate glory while 500+ free flying paragliders enjoyed their day. But why is it considered so perfect for this activity? What makes Bir Billing better than most of the other destinations for paragliding? Well, it is not just the updated man-made excellent technology, but also the best natural factors at this place, making it an ideal destination for paragliding. This place is blessed with a remarkable landscape of valleys and the Dhauladhar mountain range along with excellent weather conditions. 

Bir Billing is credible enough to be called the best paragliding place in India!

Why? Well, here’s why. The fact that a worldwide event based on paragliding was hosted in this location, it’s needless to say that all the amenities here will meet international standards. It is in this place where the National Paragliding Institute is run by the government. This institute trains domestic pilots and international pilots. Being home to such a training institute is a fantastic sign of credibility. Not forget this institute is operated by Arvind Paul who is India’s top paragliding pilot.

Now let’s look into some of the natural factors making Bir Billing ideal for paragliding in a little detail.

Perfect air current: Bir Billing is gifted with the most suitable air current conditions. During May-June, it experiences 5-12 m per second of thermals while in spring it is about 4-8 m per second of thermals. This gives it an average of 5 m per second of thermals throughout the year. Now, what could be better than this for paragliding!?

Ideal take-off and landing site with exquisite views: as mentioned earlier, the landing site for this activity is Bir while the take-off is done at Billing. The valleys of these two places will have you mesmerized by their greenery. Being high in the cold fresh air and getting a 360 view of the majestic hilltops will have you all enchanted. Billing has extremely smooth winds which makes the take-off very easy and perfect. Further, bir, being the landing site has a minimum threat of accidents and availability of quick help which is exactly what’s required.

The cloud base is simply flawless: cloud base is measured in meters/feet above sea level and Billing has a cloud base of 4000-6000 m. this is remarkably a higher measure which means you can gain more heights while paragliding. 

The right time to go paragliding in Bir Billing

This place is open to paragliding almost throughout the year. Although it is prohibited to undertake this activity during the rainy season which is usually from July to September.

In January and February, you will get to witness the snow-capped mountains but the drawback is that the cold air of this season might not let you ascend height to a great extent.

The weather conditions are considered better during March till June but at certain times the winds might get a little too strong and you will be asked to wait or come again the next day. October to mid-December is considered the best month for this activity. During this time, you will find clear skies and incredible views of the Dhauladhar ranges.