She decided it was time to put on her wings and fly"
Over the past few years India has emerged as a popular paragliding site and tremendous opportunities exist for people who want to fulfill their dream of flying. Amongst them, Bir Billing is a hot spot and said to be the best. It became famous after hosting the first World Cup of Paragliding in 2015.
Billing is the site from where you fly, it is located 15 km uphill from landing site Bir.
How to reach Bir :
Flight -The nearest airport is Kangra which is approximately 68 km from Bir. You can take a taxi further.
Train - The nearest station is Pathankot which is approximately 100 km from Bir. You can either take a toy train from there till Ahju or take a taxi.
Bus - It is one of the convenient and economical option and also how I reached Bir.
You can take a bus from Delhi which takes around 12 hours overnight and drops you at Baijnath. From there you can either take a local bus or a taxi which takes only 20 minutes.
Best Time :
It is open throughout the year and can be visited as per your convenience but March-May and Oct-Nov are considered best due to favorable thermal currents.
I did my paragliding in the month of Nov.
Types of Paragliding :
Tandem - It is operated and guided by a pilot
Solo - It is for professionals who can fly without a pilot
Paragliding courses - if you are an enthusiast and would like to learn the sport you can enroll yourself in the professional courses. There are basic and advance level courses that are running for approximately a week each and cost around 20k and 25k respectively.
You can these operators - Travelbirbilling, Bir billing Paragliding, Bir Billing.com & Fly Bir Billing.
Everyone can go for it! The only limitation is weight. There is no minimum or maximum age, though children under 18 years old will need their parents' consent. Any person from 20kg - 120kg can fly.
Tandem paragliding is considered safe but as a rule all passengers are required to sign a disclaimer before they undertake this activity.
They take care of all safety and security standards however, there are few things you can do for yourself.
Follow all safety instructions properly. Don't eat anything heavy just prior to flight. Wear comfortable clothing. Stay calm and enjoy the flight.
The normal cost of tandem flying is around 2000 -2500 INR. Most of the operators however, club paragliding with camping and trekking, depending on which the cost may vary upto 5k.
My experience :