Billing Sky Birds
The Bir-Billing area is a popular site for paraglider pilots, both Indians and visitors from all over the world. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November. The village continues to host periodic international competitions and events. The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing (14 km north of Bir), at an elevation of 2400 metres, while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan (also spelled Chaugan), on the southern edge of Bir.READ MORE
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Bir and Billing are small villages located about 14km apart in the Kangra valley. While Bir is known for its natural beauty, distinctive Tibetan culture and vast tea gardens, Billing is popular for its adventure sports – the village offers travellers the opportunity to para-glide, hang glide, trek and camp outdoors. The most famous spot in Billing is its paragliding take-off point, which is the world’s second highest, towering at 8,000ft, offering panoramic views of the valley below. The landing site is in the western fields of Chowgan in Bir.
Bir is easily accessible by road and Himachal Roadways buses regularly ply to the village from Delhi. It is also well-connected to the nearby hill stations of Dharamshala and Palampur. Though most famous for paragliding, Bir has a lot more on offer than just adventure sports – the little village also boasts of magnificent views of the Himalayas, beautiful monasteries, and Tibetan settlements. Bir is best explored on foot – walk down its narrow lanes and appreciate this humble village’s surprising beauty. Bir is a delightful smorgasbord of sounds and colours. The Buddhist chants carrying out from the monasteries merge with the sound of gushing streams and colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Young monks play around and the smell of fresh food hangs invitingly in the air. There is a lot more to Bir than just the hustle and bustle of thrill-seeking tourists. The village really manages to bury itself in your memory with its peaceful and serene environs.