Bir, was the start of my first “real” solo adventure. Yes, I have been on many day solo trips but nothing like starting your week long solo adventure in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal doesn’t have any shortage of places, it is almost endless trove of natural beauty and adventure. In such a diverse environment, it can get pretty confusing to pick just one place to visit. If you’re in such a pleasant conundrum however, you might want to hit up Bir-Billing for a more adrenaline-fuelled aerial adventure. I wasn’t, however, in any conundrum, because I knew I had to do my first ever paragliding adventure in Bir.
Bir is a Tibetan settlement situated in the shadow of the lofty Dhauladhar Mountains. Recently, it has also carved a name for itself in the international paragliding circuit after it hosted Paragliding World Cup in 2015. The heights, along with the climate of Bir Billing are the most suitable for any air borne gliding sport. Along with this, the tea plantations and stunning views of the Dhauladar range of the Himalayas add to the beautiful experience of flying here.
Of course, getting a paragliding license requires a good deal of training, and for working professionals like us it seems like another few days/weeks off to enrol ourselves in the program. But there are tanden paragliding flights for newbies like us, where we are accompanied by professionals—require no special skills – just one skill – to take that “great leap of faith” to jump off into a sheer drop of a 1000 meters. Trust me, it does!