Day 5:The Paragliding day"Bir aaye aur paragliding nahi kiya to kya khak bir aaye"So the tandem paragliding cost around 2000 to 2500 with go pro for 15-20 minutes and the experience was awesome ,I am not gonna write much about it as explaining that with the limited vocabulary of mine wont do the justice.You can check if you can attend the morning prayer in any monastry people here are really welcoming and they do allow you to sit with them and pray.Landing site is my favorite place you can go there to see the sunset and see people landing from the paragliding.
Day 2 : Reach BirThere are many home stays and also Zostel so you can select the stay, I had booked Zostel which is very close to the landing site.Bir is a home of Tibetan Monasteries and Paragliding. So what you can find here is every street has a monastery and if weather is good there are para gliders in the sky also streets with beautiful cafes.Monastery to visit:1. Deer Park InstituteDeer Park Institute has some events going on so you can check and see if can attend any2. Chokling Monastery3. Sherab Ling Monastery4. Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro InstiuteCafes to Visit:There are many cafes and you can definitely go and check out the Garden Cafe , Musafir Cafe, Zim Zim restaurant if you missing the basic Indian food, June 16 cafe.
All set for the next day, we did Paragliding (mode 4) today from Billing (place 4). Mr. Ranjeet Thakur (+91-8894447037), he was my pilot. He did a very good job, very comfortable flight and what a view, amazing. Paragliding cost us Rs 2500 /person (including video) and at landing site, they click your photos which you can purchase for Rs 200.
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 pilotSolo - It is for professionals who can fly without a pilotParagliding 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.
Requirements : 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.
Safety : 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. Cost : 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 :