Conditions for Cross Country para- gliders.
Billing is Launching site for gliders and Bir Billing is best place to do paragliding in Asia. Paragliding made Bir Billing village so famous, otherwise, other people have no idea about Bir. The launching site is at top of the mountain at 8000 feet from sea level, mountains are shaped in such a way that paragliding can be done to Dharamshala and easily return in 3-4 hrs from here. Cross country flying is the most interesting activity here in which paragliding pilots fly over the rocky mountain, Dhauladhar Mountains and Glacier. Paragliding can be done for 100 kilometers depending upon weather conditions.
Local at Bir
Most of the people here are farmers and this is side business for them, Locals have small eating points, chai shops, taxi’s trekking guide, guest houses, homestays, and rented services.
Paragliding is closed for 3 months – July, Aug, and September. Local have to depend upon these small businesses.
Cross Country Flying is the most important activity for Paragliding in Bir Billing. Cross country flying is the reason for which many pilots from different countries travel to Bir during the months of October to Dec and March months. These are the months favorable for cross country flying and visitors for cross country increasing every year here.
The paragliding world cup in October 2015 made Bir famous among Indian and Foreign Travelers. World has only few such launch sites having cross country flying conditions.
Routes for Cross country Flights:-
Bir to Palampur and Return
Billing to Palampur to Chamunda to Dharamshala to Triund and Returb
Bir to Barot to Mandi and Return to Bir
Billing to Manali
Nearest Landing site other than Bir is 360, Dharamshala polish ground, CSKHPKAV Ground or farms of Thathi village.
Care full of high tension power line near National highway 154 near to Bir.
Paragliding in Himachal at Bir Billing is best site for Tandem and solo Paragliding sessions.