Paragliding in Billing offers excellent world-class facility for paragliding and is one of the best gliding sites in the world.
Paragliding is one of the most amazing and highly enthralling adventure activities. We all nourish a dream to grow wings and conquer the sky. Paragliding fulfills that lifelong dream. Its a highly rewarding experience. If you are interested in soaring high in the sky and enjoy the untouched scenic locations, verdant landscapes, mountains and more from above, Billing is the destination to visit. The aerial view of the Chamba and Kangra valleys is simply breathtaking.
Every year, a pre-World-cup paragliding event is organised here. It is organised as per the rules of Federation Aeronautique International.
You take off from a little verdant meadow at Billing (2600 m). The meadow is considered to be one of the wonders of the nature. It has been naturally designed as a launching pad, and is perfect for a perfect take off. The meadow is above the villages of Bir and Chaugan. Bir is the landing ground for the Para gliders who take off from Billing. It is located at a distance of around 15 km from Billing.
From Billing, the range runs all the way to Dharamsala and separates the Kangra valley from Chamba. To the north of the meadow are the high peaks and the plains are located on the southern side. Its around 1 km fall from the meadow, and an average top to bottom flight to the Chaughan landing area is said to last for about 25-30 minutes.
And, if the conditions are favourable - weather, wind speed and direction, cloud base of 4000-5000m, and more - you can go for Cross Country distance, such as from Billing to Manali or Billing to Dharamsala (90km). Billing is known for its regular thermals and ridge lift techniques.
The flight from Billing to Manali or Billing to Dharamsala is usually ridge-hopping. It means that you get lift from the ridges or cliffs edges that run down from the main rim of the range. In Billiing, thermalling is a necessary skill for flying. In the Billing - Dharamsala flight route there are 15 or so ridges.
Exact Location: Billing is located north of Dharamshala in the district of Kangra.
Nearest Town: Palampur 24+ km
Distance from Delhi: 540+ km.
How to Reach
Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest airport from Billing and the nearest rail head is at Joginder Nagar. Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Billing. Billing is well connected by road with Manali, Dharamsala and Mcleodganj. Reaching Dharamsala is another easiest option to reach Billing.
Dharamsala is well connected by road. There are easy road transport facilities available from various destinations of India including Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla and Pathankot to reach Dharamsala. The road network to Dharamsala is well-maintained and is connected by National Highway 1 (NH1).
The nearest railway station to Dharamsala is Kangra Mandir (narrow gauge) which is at a distance of 22 km. It is a small station and hence all of the trains do not stop at this station. The major rail junction is Pathankot, which is about 85 km away from Dharamsala. Pathakot is well connected to all the major cities in India.
The nearest airport to Dharamsala is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley. The airport is at a distance of 12 km from Dharamsala and reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Dharamsala.
Best Time to Visit: Best time for gliding is March to May before the monsoon and September to November.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Palyul Choekhorling Monastery: Palyul Choekhorling Monastery, also known as Nyingmapa Buddhist Monastery was established in 1980 by the highly revered Rigo Tulku Rinpoche. It is one of the largest monasteries in India and is home to around 107 monks from different places such as Bhutan, Nepal, Ladakh and Tibet.
Baijnath: Baijnath is a picturesque town and a famous pilgrimage destination for the followers of Hindu religion. The main attraction here is the ancient Baidyanath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One can also visit Tashijong Gompa, located at a distance of 5 km and worth a visit. Baijnath is located 46 km south east of Dharamsala. The temple is on way to Bir.
Dharamsala: This is a highly captivating town in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. The town is divided into three parts - the upper Dharamsala called Mcleodganj, the middle Kotwali Bazar and the lower Kaccheri area. Dharamshala is bounded by dense pine and deodar forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. The place plays host to the Tibetans population and Tibetan government in exile. Dharamsala is also the starting point to a number of trekking trails that lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district.