Only when I heard the phrase, "Quit my job to travel", it created fear within me. Several questions ran in my mind from basic survival requirements to luxury retreats! But, this time I will happily be one of them who says, "Quit my job. Travelled. Found a new perspective to life."
I was always in to adventure activities. Everything that created adrenaline rush fascinated me. So, this time we chose to have an experience that would be a story for our kids in the future :p
*Paragliding* it was. And when we think of paragliding in India, no other place comes up in our minds or hearts except Bir Billing.
Unlike our earlier trips, that are mostly pack-and-leave, this time we planned! And trust me, things were smoother. We got in touch with TravelBirBilling to get a customised package for us. After going through various packages, we opted for the Volvo Bus Package. It's an amazing package for those who just want to relax throughout the trip without worrying about bookings or travel. Here is the entire itinerary:
Day 0: Volvo bus from Delhi to Bir.
Delhi to Bir. (550 km/10-12 hr)
Arrive Majnu ka tilla, Patala ground flyover. Board volvo bus at 1930 hrs to Bir. Overnight journey in volvo bus.
Day 1:- Arrive Bir, local sight seeing and overnight stay in Hotel at Bir.
Arrive Bir and later visit 9th century old Shiva temple and palpung sherabling monastery Bhattu by car .
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Bir.
Day 2: Bir to Billing trek.
Trekking from Bir to Billing. (10 km./5 hr).
Post breakfast, Start trek at 1100 hrs from Bir. Trek passing through pahari villages and mountain stream. After trekking 4-5 hrs. you reach at Billing, which is paragliding takeoff point at the altitude of 2430 meters from sea level. Pitch your dome tents with camping team.
Bonfire, Dinner and Overnight stay in Dome tents at Billing.
Day 3:- Paragliding and Bir to Delhi bus (550 km./10-12 hr.).
Morning paragliding session of 15 to 30 min, land at Bir paragliding landing area. Walk for 1 km to hotel for breakfast. Later leisure time to explore Bir Tibetan colony area, monastery and and later transfer to Bir Bus stop for volvo bus to Delhi at 1830 hrs.
Day 1, 17th of May, we boarded a volvo bus (Northern Travels) from Majnu ka Tilla, New Delhi, 8.30 pm. Trust me, the feeling of being in Himachal started from the bus stand itself as most travellers were traditional Himachali people wearing those beautiful costumes. It was an overnight bus from Delhi to Bir. The seats were much more comfortable than what we had expected them to be.