Bir and Billing known as the ‘Paragliding capital of India’ are the two towns in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradest state of India. Bir and Billing are famous for adventure sport activity. Bir is a small Tibetan colony famous for its monasteries that welcome passing visitors, and Billing is a famous launch pad for paragliding and hang-gliding and situated 14 km from Bir..
The flying season is from March to May and again in September to 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 approximately 2540 metres ), while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan (also spelled Chaugan), on the southern edge of Bir.
Every year, The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh organises the ‘Para Gliding Pre-world Cup’ at Bir Billing in the month of October. In 1992 the world record of 132.5km for an out-and-return flight was set here.
Best time to visit Bir and Billing
The best time to visit Bir and Billing is between the months of February to November.
How to reach Bir and Billing
Kangra has its own domestic airport at Guggal, which is 7km away from Kangra town and about 40 km from Palampur. There are straight flights from Delhi to Guggal.
By Rail : Pathankot is the nearest railhead. There is an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot. From Pathankot Palampur is connected by narrow guage railway.
By Road : Bir is situated 35 km from Palampur while Billing is situated 14 km from Bir. Buses and Taxis are available from Plalampur and nearby cities.