How To Reach Bir Billing
Billing is 14Km or an hours rough jeep-taxi or van ride from Bir. The starting point is in front of Cape Amaho in the Chaughan Tibetan colony at around 10 am every morning during the season.
Air: 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.
Rail : Pathankot is the nearest railhead. There is an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot. From Pathankot Palampur is connected by narrow guage railway. One can also take a bus or taxi to Bir from Pathankot.
Road : There are ordinary, semi deluxe or deluxe buses available from Delhi and other major towns of Himachal Pradesh to Dharamsala, Palampur, Baijnath, Jogindernagar or Mandi. All Kulu- Manali buses go via Mandi. Bir can be reached easily from all these towns by buses or taxi. The distances from the different places to Bir are Dharamsala (70km), Mandi (70km), Palampur (35km), Jogindernagar (12km), Baijanath (12km). From Delhi, the overnight services of DTC Indraprastha Service to Baijanth, HTPC Super Deluxe to Palampur both leaving from ISBT Delhi around 6pm are preferable. From the junction which turns off to Bir Road, Taxis and Rikshaws are available
Bir a small village with a Tibetan Colony and monasteries in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh; serves as a landing ground and a base for Hang and Para gliders. Their launching (take-off) destination ‘Billing’, is a little meadow at 2,400m (8500 ft) on the Dhauladhar ranges, 14-km up from Bir. This meadow one of the wonders of nature, perfectly designed as a launch pad, has become a legend on the international paragliding circuits and a destination for World Champion Paraglider pilots.
From Billing, the range runs all the way to Dharamsala, separating the Kangra valley from Champa. To the north of the meadow is the high peaks and to the south the plains. The fall from the meadow is about one kilometre and an average straight TTB ( top to bottom) flight to the Chaughan landing area lasts for about 25-30 minutes. If the conditions (like weather, wind speed and direction, cloud base of 4000-5000m etc) are right, one can make a ‘Cross Country’ distance flight from Billing to Manali or Billing to Dharamsala (90km). The flying is generally ‘ridge-hopping’ ie. getting lift from the ridges or cliff edges running down from the main spine of the range. ‘Ridge lifts’ caused by wind hitting a hillside and ‘Thermals’ (columns of hot air) are used by the glider to rise higher.nestled in the kanra velly of the dhauladhar range in the himalayas,bir ranks the top world sites in the world.With extreme possibilties of flying everyday.Bir has everything for every pilot,from developing ur technique to indulging in cross country flying. The Bir-Billing area is noted as a popular site for paraglider pilots, both Indians and visitors from all over the world. The flying season is from September to November, with some flying also done in October. The village continues to host periodic international competitions and events.