Himachal Pradesh is full of wonder, but of the many places worth visiting in the Kangra district are the charming towns of Bir and Billing.
Bir is known across the world as the ultimate destination for ecotourism, meditation and of course, paragliding. Better known as the Paragliding Capital of India, Bir and Billing have garnered quite a reputation over time as a must-visit for the adventurous lot. Bir is the take off site and Billing is the landing site. The two towns have become a sort of holy shrine for paragliders since 1984
But there is more to both the places than just the thrill factor. Abundant in natural beauty and surrounded by tea gardens, Bir is famous for its vibrant Tibetan culture, including the various monasteries (like the Chokling Monastery and Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery) that are beautifully maintained and create a special ambience in the town.
It is also famous for the lovely Deer Park Institute, which is a popular centre for those who wish to study Indian wisdom traditions. Not too far away, Billing, with its panoramic view of the gorgeous Kangra Valley, is also home to a lot of Tibetans, who fled from the Chinese in 1962 and made Kangra their home.
The two towns are also known for having the most amazing jeep-able routes in Kangra valley. In fact, the 14 kilometre road from Bir to Billing is really just a road hew out of the rock face in 1962, which is impossible to cover except on foot or in a jeep.
If you’re up for a nice adventure with scenic treks, some hardcore camping, and a go at paragliding, the hub of aero sports in India awaits you. In fact, now would be the best time, as the right season is from March to May, and October-November. Dial B for the adventure of a lifetime