Lift your spirits, ditch your fears & jump from 7800+ ft in BirBilling, Himachal

30th Sep 2016

“For those, who are determined to fly, having no wings is just a little detail.”

Photo of Lift your spirits, ditch your fears & jump from 7800+ ft in BirBilling, Himachal 1/1 by Yamini Gupta

If you wish to grow a pair of wings & fly high, pay a visit to a quaint yet picturesque village, Bir in Himachal Pradesh. Jump from the second highest site (Billing) of the world to fly for an uninterrupted, soul-indulging ride of 35 – 40 minutes long at INR 3000 only.

It’s a gift – the free life!

When they first harness you, it feels just like an ordinary thing before any other activity. When you see the parachute spread wide on the ground, it looks like any other adventure gear. When you look around; see people taking off, you don’t even bat an eyelid.

It’s only when they ask you to run, you realize how magnanimous, majestic it is. Jumping from 8500 ft. + doesn’t give you an adrenaline rush. It gives you the rush of your life. You fly high & mighty in the sky & all your troubles vanish into thin air. You glide swift & smooth like an Eagle eyeing its prey from thousands of feet away. It liberates your soul; you begin appreciating the gift that has been bestowed upon you – the free life.

Photo of Bir Billing Paragliding, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Yamini Gupta

You begin from Bir, hike 14 kms. to reach Billing – the launch site. They harness you in less than a minute and you are ready to connect with your adventurous side.

My feet started to shake when my glider asked me to run down the slope. “What if I fall? What if the parachute doesn’t open? What if I make a fool of myself? And then I saw a 10 year old flying with his glider. That was enough impetus for me to give some competition to Usain Bolt. And that’s how I started running too. In 5 seconds that seemed like 5 long minutes, my parachute caught the drift and we soared high. I still remember when my feet went up in the air; I felt like a Skylark.

In the words of P.B. Shelly,

“Higher still and higher

From the earth thou springest

Like a cloud of fire;

The blue deep thou wingest,

And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.”

The Azure Sky & the Finished Puzzle:

The pieces on the ground from up in the air, seem all part of a puzzle. A puzzle that’s been finished for long. A puzzle that starts to make sense when looked at from such height.

When you fly this high in the air, everything looks beautiful. In that short time frame, you develop compassion for the world – the lush, green valleys; the pretty, colorful houses and fellow human beings.

Photo of Lift your spirits, ditch your fears & jump from 7800+ ft in BirBilling, Himachal by Yamini Gupta

The best part of the glide is definitely the landing. When you gradually approach the land, all you care about is – yourself. And you thank the gods since you are safe, sound & happy.

Photo of Lift your spirits, ditch your fears & jump from 7800+ ft in BirBilling, Himachal by Yamini Gupta

Bir is located in district Kangra of Himachal Pradesh. It is 50 Kms. southeast of Dharamshala. You may fly to Dharamshala & hire a cab to Bir.

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Hi!!!great article.Is mid July a good time to go to this place....if not could you recommend some place ....
Tue 06 27 17, 12:07 · Reply · Report
Very well written!
Sun 11 13 16, 09:39 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks Nivedita. Will post some more soon!
Mon 11 14 16, 22:09 · Report
Did the same in May '16 and it was amazimg... You wont even realise that you are already up and are flying... The take off part is quite adventurous and scary
Sun 11 13 16, 08:19 · Reply (1) · Report
Yes, the take off was the most exhilirating. Who was your glidier (guide)?
Mon 11 14 16, 22:09 · Report
How did you go there from Delhi ? Suggest me all possible routes
Mon 10 03 16, 10:53 · Reply (1) · Report
Well, we drove our way to Palampur. If you start early, you may do that the same day. Stop at Murthal on your way for delicious paranthas. You could hire a cab also. Alternative routes are: 1. Volvo - they will drop you at Dharamshala. Hire a cab from there. 2. Train - Train goes till Pathankot. Palampur will be approx. 100 kms from there. Hire a cab. You could even fly to Gaggal airport & then take bus/ taxi from there. But I won't suggest that: 1. It's expensive 2. You miss on the scenic route.
Mon 10 03 16, 21:43 · Report
We did this in June, 2016... Amazing experience... :-)
Mon 10 03 16, 04:32 · Reply (1) · Report
We did this in May 2016. I had an almost 'near to death' experience while river rafting in Rishikesh in April this year. After that, Paragliding was liberating.
Mon 10 03 16, 21:44 · Report