Bir-Billing – Ecoturism and Paragliding Site
Bir and Billing are two nearby villages in Kangra district of Himachal Predesh state of India, famous for its community based Ecotourism, Aero-tourism and Spiritual activities.
Eco-Tourism activities at Bir village and surrounding areas are intended to preserve the ecology of the area and to support the livelihood of local people. Ecotourism Society of Himachal Pradesh, EcoSoC, is a Government supported agency working on this task.
International Paragliding Pre World Cup is held yearly at these villages for more than a decade. These nearby towns at 14 kilo meters distance, are said to be one of the finest Para Gliding and Aero sports sites in the world. Take off starts at Billing and landing is at Bir.
Bir Paragliding World Cup 2018 was held from October 27 to November 3, 2018 at Bir-Billing, at an altitude of around 2290 meters. The capacity of the Para-gliding site is planned to be increased to 100 simultaneous para gliders from the present 30-40.
Bir town is a Buddhist town and is well known for its spiritual and meditation activities. There is a Buddhist stupa here. Dharamshala, Central Tibetan Administration HQ is at around 50 kilo-meters from this town. Chowgan town, the place where a Tibetan colony was established in 1966, is on the outskirts of the town. There are several Buddhist monasteries at the south-western part of the Town at Chowgan.
How Do I Go to Bir-Billing Paragliding site?
Gaggal airport in Himachal Pradesh is the nearest airport at around 150 kilometers distance. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) at Delhi, is at around 550 kilometers distance form this town. Billing is at a distance of 14 kilometers from Bir town on your way to Thamsar Pass..
Ahju, a narrow gauge railway station on the Kangra Valley Railway route (on the 164 kilometer Pathankot – Joginder Nagar Narrow Guage Railway Line) is the nearest railway station to this paragliding town. “Pathankot Junction” with station code ‘PTK’, is the nearest major railway station, which is well connected to other parts of the country.
There are regular bus services from New Delhi to Baijnath, a town at around 30 kilometers distance from Bir town. You may hire a taxi or go by local buses from Baijnath.
Bir Road, off NH 20 connects Pathankot in Punjab state to Mandi in Himachal Pradesh state and is the nearest National Highway to this paragliding town.