3rd October a.k.a the day I got to fly!!
The best sleep of my life, that’s what I woke up from on 3rd October. The exhaustion from the trek resulted in this sweet deep sleep and I woke up refreshed and relaxed in Bir.
Now Bir is a small quaint town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Our plan for the day was of course paragliding as Bir Billing’s paragliding is best in India and second best in the world and to explore the town of Bir.
Our hotel manager put us through to a paragliding agency and we agreed on Rs. 2400 for 15-20 minutes in the air, video footage on GoPro and our snapshots taken by a professional when landing. Darn good deal I would say. We got ready and were waiting for the car to pick us up and take us to the take-off site in Billing. The car service cost was included in 2.4K. The distance between Bir and Billing is about 15 kms and it takes around 40 minutes to get there as the road is full of twist and turns on the mountains.
I was feeling queasy in the stomach and my heart was racing the entire car ride to the top. Beautiful ride though. Bir is a spectacular sight when you are moving up with views of the distant snow covered mountains and the town sitting like a tiny jewel amidst lush green vegetation.
Some tips for those who are planning to go for paragliding here: October is a great month to attempt this activity. Though paragliding completely depends on the weather and wind currents, in October the winds are largely in favor of this sport. We did it at around 11 am and conditions were ideal. The sun wasn’t too harsh or on our head, weather too was cool and pleasant. Also no food consumption before the activity.