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Bir Billing Tourism

Bir Billing is 2nd Highest Paragliding site in the World

Bir Billing, India’s paragliding hub, is famous for its high-altitude landscapes. Bir and Billing are two different places in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Billing is the take-off site for paragliding, and Bir is the landing site.

The distance between these two is about 16 kilometers. Famous for paragliding, Bir & Billing is also renowned as the “Paragliding capital of India.” One gets to see Bir’s traditional “Himachali” culture and spectacular views of Billing.

Best Places to Visit Bir & Billing

Baijnath Temple | 14 Km from Bir

1. Baijnath Temple: It is a historical temple of “Lord Shiva” situated at a distance of 14 km from Bir. It is believed in mythology that when Ravana brought the Shivling from the Himalayas as a memory of Lord Shiva, he placed the Shivling here for rest. Later this spiritual aura site was established as a temple by the Pandavas. 

Distance: 12.7 km from Bir

Billing | Paragliding take-off site

2. Billing: Paragliding is incomplete without Billing, which is the launching point of paragliding located about 16 km from Bir. One get to see beautiful surrounding views of mountains and valley during paragliding. This place is a one-stop destination for paragliding as well as for camping, trekking and cycling.

Distance: 15.5 km from Bir

Sherab Ling Monastery Near Bir

3. Sherab Ling Monastery: Sherab Ling Math or Monastery is situated at a distance of 13 km from Bir. Established by the followers of Bodhi Dharma, this monastery is a replica of Buddha on the foothills of the Himalayas. If you are traveling to Bir & Billing, then definitely add this place to your bucket list. 

Distance: 8 km from Bir

Bangoru Waterfall

4. Bangoru Waterfall: Situated 5 km away from Bir, Bangor Falls is one of the best places to visit near Bir. Situated between Gunehar village and Billing valley, this waterfall is also an ideal place for trekking and camping, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding places with running water. 

Distance: 3.6 km from Bir

Chowgan Tea Gardens | Bir Tea Garden

5. Chowgan Tea Gardens: The Dhauladhar hills of Himachal, whose plateau region in the north-western valley is famous for tea production in Billing. Chowgan Tea Gardens is the place where tea production takes place. The plantation has spread over about 5 km and is very pleasing.

Distance: 3 km from Bir

Himalayan Film School

6. Himalayan Film School: One of the most popular places in Bir is the Himalayan Film School, located at Deer Park Institute, a 12-minute drive from Bir. Himalayan Film School offers basic training in traditional filmmaking, photography, documentary filmmaking and short filmmaking. 

Distance – 4 km from Bir

Best Things to do in Bir & Billing

Paragliding in Bir Billing

1. Paragliding: One of the best adventure activities in Bir & Billing, paragliding is a famous adventure sport. Loaded paragliding flights covering a distance of about 14 km in the air are the best experience in Bir and Billing. Connect with India Thrills, who will provide a helpful rider with complete knowledge of paragliding (Read more).

Best time to try: March to June

Camping in Bir Billing

2. Camping: The camping experience in Billing will be the quintessential for every adventure lover. Situated in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, Billing offers a great camping experience with stunning surroundings and number of camping sites offering spectacular views of the Himalayas, Dhauladhar, and Bhatu forest along with Bir.

Best time to try:  April to June

Trekking in Bir Billing

3. Trekking: Every adventure activity fades without trekking. Trekking, paragliding and camping are the perfect combination of adventure in Bir. So if you also on visit to Bir don’t miss Fuldhar Trek, Bada Bhangal Trek, Thamsar Pass Trek, Rajgundha Trek and Plachak Valley Trek, which are some of the best options for trek near Bir Valley. 

Best time to try: April to June

Cycling tours

4. Bicycling Tour: Billing’s spectacular mountain trails are every adventure biker’s first choice. The rough mountain roads of about 15 to 17 km present a formidable challenge for every adventurous biker. Most of the roads in Billing are unpaved, and the surrounding scenery is mesmerizing, prompting every biker to cycle here. The time of April to June is considered ideal for cycling here.

Best time to try: April to June

Cafe Tour

5. Cafe Tour: If you are a food connoisseur, then Bir is the perfect gourmet cafe destination for you. From North Indian cuisine to South Indian cuisine, Bir is also home to the best cafes, serving a variety of cuisines from all sides. Cafe Ila, Musafir Cafe, Gliders Pizzeria, Aura Cafe – Bir, Olive Kitchen and Pindi Kitchen are some of the best cafes here that you must try.

Best time to Visit: March to June

Hang Gliding in Bir Billing

6. Hang Gliding in Bir Billing: Like paragliding, hang gliding is also a great option in Bir and Billing. Which gives every adventurer a chance to fly in the air. Like birds, this activity with wings is also considered safer than paragliding, which can be tried by everyone. Like paragliding, Billing is the launching site for hang gliding, and Bir is the landing site. 

Best time to try: March to June

Best Time To Visit Bir Billing:

Bir-Billing is an ideal place to visit in all seasons, but the best time to visit here or the season is from October to March.

Bir Billing in Summer (April to June): Summers are comfortable in Bir and Billing, with temperatures varying from 11°C to 25°C. Especially in the high altitude areas of Billing, the temperature is about 10°C to 15°C, below normal ranges.

Bir Billing in Monsoon (July to September): Monsoon affects the tourism of Bir Billing; due to incessant rains, all adventure activities come to a standstill. At this time, the temperature remains around the average of 13°C, but the rainfall reaches 70 percent.

Bir Billing in Winter (October to March): Winter season is the best time to visit Bir Billing. The skies are almost transparent, ideal for paragliding and other adventure activities. The average temperature during this time ranges from about 8°C to 14°C. And there is also a lot of snowfall in the higher altitude of Billing.

How To Reach Bir Billing:

There are several ways to reach Bir, which makes the journey of every tourist easy and comfortable:-

By Air: There is no direct air flight to Bir. Kangra Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of about 65 kms. Kangra Airport is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Mumbai, where you can reach them directly. From Kangra Airport, you can book a bus or taxi to Kangra city, where you can directly reach Bir via Baijnath.

By Train: Baijnath Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Bir Billing. It is well connected to Joginder Nagar, Saraigarh, and Pathankot Railway Station, where you can reach Baijnath directly. You can book a local bus, taxi, or cab and reach Bir.

By Road: You can directly reach Bir by road. 

  1. Delhi to Bir – Delhi is the capital of India, and the distance between Delhi to Bir is 495 kms. You can get many buses from Majnu ka Tilla to reach Bir. Or else you can book a direct bus from Delhi’s Kashmere Gate to Bir.
  2. From Chandigarh – To reach Bir from Chandigarh, you can take a bus to Baijnath and then go to Bir by taxi. If the Baijnath bus is unavailable, you can take a bus to Palampur or Kangra and then again take a bus to Baijnath, which will be readily available. From Baijnath, taxis and local buses are available till Bir.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bir and Billing:

Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, North India, Bir-Billing is an adventure destination in India. At a distance of about 200 km from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, this place is a major center for paragliding.

No! These two places are different, where Bir is the landing site of paragliding and Billing is the launching site of paragliding.

With beautiful scenery, Bir-Billing offers multiple adventure sports, such as paragliding, camping, trekking, and bungee jumping, making it a tourist center.

Known as the paragliding hub of India, Bir Billing hosted the 2015 Paragliding World Cup because this place has the perfect weather conditions for paragliding flights.

Paragliding timings in Bir-Billing are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

There are many beautiful places near to Bir, like Gunehar Waterfall, Chowgan Tea Garden, Sunset Point (Landing Site), Bangor Waterfall, Sherab Ling Monastery, and Baijnath.

October to March is the best season to visit Bir-Billing. Since this time is the peak season for adventure sports in Bir-Billing, the temperature is neither low nor high. Along with this, the skies are also almost transparent, which provides perfect conditions for sports like paragliding.

Apart from paragliding, you can also go on picnics, camping, trekking, Bungee Jumping, mountain biking, monastery tours, and cafe tours near the beautiful waterfalls.

Along with Bir, Billing also has some beautiful cafes that offer Tibetan and Himachali cuisine with spectacular views of Bir.

There are many hotels and guest houses to stay in Bir and several campsites in Billing where you can enjoy camping.