Bir Billing Bir is a small town amidst the mountains of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas in India and Billing is a jumping-off point at an altitude of 9000 feet. The paraglider jumps from Billing to land at Bir. Bir-Billing has become quite popular among adventure sports enthusiasts as it offers a beautiful scenic paragliding location, favorable weather, and wind with green meadows. The place provides a natural jumping-off point at Billing and a plain landing point at Bir and Chauhan village. After the exile of the Dalai Lama from Tibet in 1960, Tibetan refugees lived in Bir. The area offers two beautiful monasteries and tea gardens to visit.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING:-
Being in the plains, Bir has a moderate climate. In summers it can be comfortable without woolen clothes but in winters it gets cold. Whereas in Billing there is a lot of wind throughout the year and windcheaters and warm clothes are a must.
TREK TO BILLING:-
I and my friends started the trek from Bir village.I prefer to start early in the morning as the sun can be seen in different colors. It was the festival of Holi so the day started with a splash of some colors in Bir village. The trek route is on the northeast side of the village. Billing is easily accessible by motor, but we all decided to enjoy nature and trek to the top, where we all had to fly back. Trek starts in a rough jungle And crosses the main road four times. The road is clear and easy. The route can be covered in 4-5 hours and the terrain is not difficult. However, there is a section where the climb is steep and strenuous.
CAMPING AT BILLING:-
We reached Billing by noon. Arrange our camp and managed wood for the fire.(Please carry extra garbage bags, don’t litter around, and don’t leave the place clean) Soon the sun was about to set and the sky showed some amazing light patterns welcoming us to the second-highest point in the world. Paragliding Point is a delight for amateur photographers.I took some pictures of the valley and the sunset. We enlisted the help of local people to cook the food for the night. After resting for a while after the trek, we were all exhausted and soon the BonFire lit up. As expected, a hot campfire along with a hot meal and some soulful songs made a memorable combination.
The main day of Bir Billing Paragliding had arrived. We got up early in the morning. There were no toilets though, so it was all a nature walk among the bushes. Finally, after a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready to go. As shared, Billing is the second-highest natural paragliding spot in the world. The flight takes 25 to 30 minutes depending on the wind and weather conditions. The flight starts from the grasslands of Billing and ends at Bir plains. The group panicked as the wind was strong and the height from which the jump was to be made was quite high (9000 ft above sea level and about 4500 ft above Bir). Although there was obvious enthusiasm Apart from fear.
Everybody was trying to overcome the fear of jumping into an unknown deep gorge. Someone was making the last phone call at home and someone was reciting Hanuman Chalisa (a Hindu hymn for protection from evil in the name of Lord Hanuman) to gain strength. Mountain Dew soft drink ad was making many heads-ups The preferred weight for a gliding person should be between 45 – 85 kg and the minimum age should officially be 14 years. We had arranged for co-pilots before jumping in. The person with the most weight was asked to take the first jump. We were all dressed in helmets according to our size and there was a briefing by the instructor.
There are some good pilot and adventure companies available to rent equipment from Bir Village. But care should be taken in the selection. Have a long talk with them to find out their abilities. The average cost per person for an auxiliary flight is around Rs.1500/- to Rs.2500/- (depending on the season and instructor) Bookings can be done on the spot in Bir village and in consultation with the government the operator license is asked to be checked. However, there is no formal mechanism insight to verify the details. Being from the military I checked out the parachute, strings, harness, helmet, and a short conversation with the copilot and it was me and the sky’s vision was limitless.I was second in the queue.
Take-off is a series of actions. The parachute should be played with the back fully extended and the strings checked for tangle. Once done, the rider sprints along with the parachute at a certain speed and lifts the parachute into the air, and takes control of the parachute once fully inflated, initially with altitude gain Takes the living in flight mode.