Paragliding is Open and operational in Bir Billing from 16 September, open in months — October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, till 15 July.
1. 15 to 20 minute Paragliding session in Bir Billing. INR 3000/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight Paragliding Booking click here
2. 20 to 30 minute paragliding session in Bir Billing. INR 3500/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight
3. 30 to 45 minute Paragliding session in Bir Billing. — Available during October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May and June. INR 5000/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight.
4. 45 to 60 minute Paragliding session in Bir Billing. — Available during Mid October, November, December, January, February, March, April, Mid May.INR 6500/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight.
5. 60 to 120 minute Paragliding session in Bir Billing. — Available during October, November, December, Feb and March. INR 12000/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight .
6. 120 to 180 minute Paragliding session in Bir Billing. — Available during October, November, December, February and March. INR 18000/- Per Person Per Paragliding Flight .
7. Paragliding learning course for 14 days – ground handling and 10 to 15 solo independent flight in Bir Billing. — Available during September, October, November, December, February and March.
15 days solo Learning course .
Paragliding at Bir Billing controlled by Tourism department of Himachal Pradesh under the observation of Associations of Paragliding. Bir Billing has two Paragliding associations named – “BPA” (Billing Paragliding Association) and “BAPA” (Billing Aero Paragliding Association). Billing Paragliding Association is the oldest and organized paragliding world cup in 2015 – which was the rise of commercial Paragliding in Bir Billing. Most of the pilots in Bir Billing registered with BPA. During trials of paragliding pilot license, pilot must be associated with any of the association. Members of the association also recommends pilots for the license.
Most of the pilots in Bir Billing are associated with Billing Paragliding Association. Pilots of BPA have no major accident record and pilots flying safely. Types of equipment like gliders, reserve parachute, lines, carabineer, harness, buckles of it. “BPA” organized time to time guidelines for pilots for safety. Travel Bir Billing pilots registered with BPA.
Now BPA has decided to build a rescue team at Bir Billing for Paragliding and compulsory accident insurance to each tourist flying here to make sure safe and secure paragliding. Each pilot is now restricted to the limited number of Paragliding sessions each day. During winters – 4 paragliding sessions and in summers 6 sessions, which make hustle-free and controlled flights.
Each pilot must need a valid license registered with any association, medical examination after every 6 months, approved checked glider.
Now the rates for Paragliding are also fixed as INR 3000/- as the minimum flying price rate to tourists traveling to Bir Billing valley. Anyone charging lower than this fined and agency banded for flying for a week.
All the guidelines implemented from 1 March 2022.
In the 1980’s French Pilots recognized “Bir Billing” as the best favorable condition for flying and introduced Hang Gliding. Hang gliding is very difficult at that time as pilots need to carry heavy metal frames and canopy to the Paragliding take-off point which is 14 km uphill. The road was not there to Billing at that time, so need porters and mules to carry, which was not possible to all pilots.
Paragliding in Bir Billing was introduced in the early years of the 1990’s by ‘Bruce Mills’ who was a new-Zealander pilot and well known in Bir Billing valley which started attracting many pilots to try hands in paragliding here. Later it becomes popular among locals of Bir and they start learning paragliding. Now in year 2000′ onwards, Bir Billing started tandem paragliding – means a paragliding flight of two people (one as pilots and the other a tourist)which introduced commercial activity and employment to local inhabitants of Bir.
Now Bir Billing has more than 200 tandem paragliding pilots, out of which nearly a nearly hundred pilots are licensed by Himachal Tourism. Bir Billing hosted the paragliding world cup in 2015 in which pilots of 130 countries participated. Paragliding world cup makes a sport popular in India and commercial flying increased. Bir Billing becomes a favorite paragliding destination in the world and India.
Bir Billing attracts international solo joy riders from all over the world from October, and November till mid-December. Climatic conditions are best favorable for long paragliding during this period. Pilots experience cross-country flying – which means can fly 5 to 7 hrs in a day. Bir Billing attracts more than 500 solo pilots every year that stayed for 30 to 60 days and fly every day. Conditions and long flying experience over the Himalayas, snow-covered mountains, and safe conditions for experienced and learners as well.
Routes followed as
Billing to Palampur to Himani Chamunda to Triund to Palampur to Bir to Mandi to Jognindernagar to Bir.
The longest flying record is also at Bir Billing which is 253 km in a single flight, conditions for the long flight make Bir Billing a favorite paragliding destination among paragliding pilots.
Few Paragliding instructor teaching paragliding as well for person interesting in learning. Paragliding course which makes to fly in air for 14 days – P1+P2+P3. Best instructors for Learning Paragliding course are Mr Arvind Paul and Mr Gurupreet Dindsa. Now
Now National Institute of Paragliding, Bir completed and will operational soon from 1st half of 2024. Now Paragliding courses by National Institute by govt instructors and local instructors not able to teach paragliding. Proper guidelines will updated soon. Paragliding activity controlled by National Institute of Paragliding, Bir.
Paragliding experience during December, January is different as all the mountains around covered with snow, even Billing experience snowfall during that period. Most of the travelers choose this period for camping and paragliding in Bir Billing valley.
Best time or best season for the Paragliding.:- Paragliding is possible throughout the year except for the monsoon. Monsoon here from early July to late September. Monsoon here is with very heavy rain from July to September, which is the time when paragliding is closed in Bir Billing. Bir Billing is located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas , which provide amazing weather conditions throughout the year.
But the best period for Paragliding :- October to June is the season for paragliding. Even October – November and March – June are the best time for long flights.
What’s the Route? Nearest highway? Directions to Bir-Billing.
1. : Delhi – Chandigarh – Kiratpur – Una – Paragpur – Dehra – Kangra – Palampur – Bir Billing:-530 km. (recommended) – google map show different route through villages. Follow the route as given.
2- Delhi – Chandigarh – Kiratpur – Bilaspur – Mandi – Jogindernagar – Bir Billing :-520 km. (not recommended)
3- Manali – IIT Mandi – Jogindernagar – Bir Billing:-180 km.
4- Dharamshala – Palampur – Bir Billing:-70 km.
5- Pathankot – Palampur – Bir Billing:- 140 km.
These are the routes to reach Bir Billing. If you driving your car then the best route to reach Bir Billing is Route -1. This is a bit long but safe and smooth. Other routes can be used if you driving from nearby destinations like Manali and Dharamshala. Route from Pathankot can be followed if you traveling in Train till Pathankot or visiting Vaishno Devi temple and the planning to visit us.
Visit our blog for more information. the nearest bus stand is at Baijnath which is 12 km. from Bir. Baijnath is well connected with daily buses from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are 02 Volvo buses daily to Baijnath starts at 2145 hrs. and 2245 hours from ISBT Kashmiri gate New Delhi respectively. One can book from buses from Delhi to Baijnath from HRTC online portal by clicking here on the link. Other deluxe, semi-deluxe and ordinary buses provide their services to Baijnath. If you want more options, you can take a bus to Dharamshala, where many Red bus operators run their buses daily. And get a local bus to Baijnath which takes 2 hrs. from there. Just let us know your plan so we can advise you with full details of routes and nearest stops. Other options by bus from Delhi to Chandigarh and then hire a cab to Bir from Chandigarh as it makes your travel easy, safe, comfortable, convenient and cheap.
Questions related to Paragliding and answers.
Answer – Weight Limit for Paragliding is 25 kg to 90 kg.
Answer – Minimum age required for Paragliding is 12 years. For paragliding need to show Aadhar card for verification.
Answer – If age is lower than 12 years than paragliding not allowed even with parents. Now as per new guidelines no tripling allowed or no kid can fly with parents.
Answer – Whole paragliding activity takes 2-3 hrs. to complete.
Answer – Dharamshala is 60 km and Macleodganj is 60 km takes 2-3 hrs to Reach Bir. After reaching Bir, it takes 2-3 hrs to complete paragliding session and another 2-3 hrs to return back to Dharamshala. You need to start early for day trip to Bir from Dharamshala.
Answer – Paragliding take off point is 8000 feet from seal level and landing site is 4000 feet. Both points are 18 km drive away from each other.
Answer – Person not doing paragliding can go to paragliding take off point by own car or taxi. Its drive able route.
Answer – Bir Billing open throughout the year in all seasons – winter, summer, and monsoon. Bir Billing Landing site is 3.5 km away from National Highway 154. Road till Bir is two lane and good condition.
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Stay 1 Night Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 4500/- Per Person + GST.
Camp stay 1 Night Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 5000/- Per Person + GST.
Stay 1 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 5000/- Per Person + GST.
1 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 5500/- Per Person + GST.
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Camping stay 2 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 8700/- Per Person + GST.
Tent stay 2 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 9200/- Per Person + GST.
Camping stay 2 Night in Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 7700/- Per Person + GST.
Tent stay 2 Night in Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 8200/- Per Person + GST.
Tent Stay 2 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 7900/- Per Person + GST.
Camping Stay 2 Night in Machaan Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 8400/- Per Person + GST.
Tent Stay 2 Night in Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 15 to 20 min Paragliding is INR 6900/- Per Person + GST.
Camping stay 2 Night in Fixed Tent (Dinner and Breakfast) + 20 to 30 min Paragliding is INR 7400/- Per Person + GST.
Package details for given above options of Snow trek – Snow in the months from Dec to Mid March.
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