Bir Billing Tourist Guide
About Bir Billing
- Coordinates: 32.05°N 76.70°E
- Country India
- State Himachal Pradesh
- District Kangra
- Bir - Elevation 1,525 m (5,003 ft)
- Billing - Meadow Elevation - 2540 meters
About Bir - The Dream Destination, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced here.
Billing is located up in the hills 14 km from Bir with an arena of almost 200 km for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aero sports sites in the country.
This site is regarded as among the best in the world for Paragliding in October/November.
Billing (2290 m) is the take-off site and Bir (1400 m) is the village at the landing site.
Bir Billing Paragliding Site at 2540 meters.
The road distance between the two is 14 km. Bir is sheltered by the Dhauladhar mountains and the ridges behind keep rising to 3000 mtrs, 4000 mtrs, 5000 mtrs and one after the other so as pilot can fly at 4000 mtrs and still watch the mountains tower above. Bir is a beautiful village surrounded by tea gardens and spectacular scenery.
Paragliding Features in Billing
All along the bottom of the ridges runs a parallel road from Mandi to Dharamshala and beyond which assures easy recovery for pilots after landing. The most important feature of this region is its weather.
- On bad weather days one can still fly 20-30 kms.
- Good days, Pilots can Glide for even 100 kms.
Best Time for Paragliding in Billing
Billing is the Best Paragliding Site in Month of October/November WorldWide..
October & November are the ideal months for flying in autumn and March to May i.e spring is also flyable but conditions are very strong in spring with thermals of 6-12 mtrs/sec and cloudbase of 4000 to 6000 mtrs.
Paragliders at Billing
Important Destinations near Bir Billing
- Palampur is 29 km
- Baijnath is 13 km from Bir.
- Jogindernagar is 40 Kms
- Barot is 70 Kms
Bir Tourist Attractions
- There are several institutions in Bir that attract tourists, students, volunteers and other visitors from around India and from abroad:
- The Deer Park Institute is a 'centre for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions' established by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in March 2006 under the patronage of the Dalai Lama.
- Chokling Gompa is the monastery of Neten Chokling Rinpoche, a reincarnate lama in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the director of the film Milarepa (2006). Chokling Gompa is a point of architectural interest, with a grand prayer hall and a picturesque stupa.
- There are also several other monasteries and temples in the Tibetan Colony, and the Tibetan herbal clinic (Men-Tsee-Khang) and handicraft centre also serve as tourist attractions. The major monastery of Sherab Ling is just a few minutes away in nearby Bhattu village.
- Tibetan Buddhist monastic college is in nearby Chauntara.
- Dharmalaya is an Indian charitable society (NGO) based in Bir, which is 'devoted to education, service, and compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, and immersive ecotourism