Who doesn’t dream of flying high in the air? Like many others, I always wanted to experience the feeling of flying high in the clouds and looking at the world from a bird’s eye view. So, to make my dream come true and take a break from the hubbub of everyday life, I chose to travel to Bir-Billing to fulfill my bucket list goal "Paragliding in the Asia's first & world's second highest paragliding site.
How to reach:
There are a couple of options for you to explore in order to reach Bir:
The nearest airport to Bir is the Kangra Airport in Dharamshala which is around 68 km from Bir. You can take a flight till Dharamshala and then a local bus or taxi to reach Bir which will take another 1.5 -2 hours.
However, this will be quite costly so I would advice you to consider it only in emergency.
Another option is to take a train to the Pathankot Railway station which is the closest major railway station to Bir. From here, you have a couple of options to choose from.
1. You can take a toy train from Pathankot to Ahju which is the closes narrow gauge station to Bir. However, it takes about 6-7 hours to complete the Pathankot to Ahju journey in train so prepare accordingly.
2. Another option is to take a state bus from Pathankot to Bir which will take about 3-5 hours to reach and will cost you about 150-200 INR.
3. You can also take a direct taxi which will cost you about 3000 INR and will drop you at Bir in just 2.5 hours.
You can take a state transport or a private Volvo bus to reach here. From Delhi, an ordinary state bus will cost you about 600 INR and will leave you at Baijnath and a private Volvo bus wil cost about 900 - 1200 INR and will drop you right at Bir.
Another best option is to go by your own car till Billing itself and roads are also quite smooth in Himachal Pradesh.