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Bir is a village located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and is rightfully considered the heaven for Paragliding. The para glider is launched from Billing, 18 km north of Bir, and one glides down from Billing to the Landing Site at Bir. The names of the two places are therefore used in conjugation as Bir Billing.
Bir Billing is famous as the Paragliding capital of the world. Bir is also famed for its soulful Tibetian monasteries set amidst scenic and peaceful settings. There is a sizable community of Tibetan refugees in the village, especially at the Bir Tibetan Colony. The place, despite being mesmerizing, is not as crowded or commercially exploited as Manali, Shimla etc. and is therefore ideal for a 3-7 day vacation.
All round the year! Though the main Paragliding season is October-November, the entire summer is a good time to beat the heat of the rest of the India and paraglide in the pleasant weather of Bir.
Paragliding- If you go to Bir and do not paraglide, then it is like going to Agra and not visiting Taj Mahal. If there is one place in India where you actually Paraglide and not just be in air for a couple of minutes, it is Bir. Not just it is an extreme adventure, but also one of the MUST DO things in your life. Do not die before you paraglide at Bir! To do a solo paraglide, one must have certification which you can get on successful completion of Paragliding course, various levels of which are offered at Bir. However, for a vast majority who just want to Paraglide and not spend days learning it, tandem ride, also called joyride, is the thing. Here the glider is manoeuvred by a pilot and you just sit and enjoy and click pictures.