After almost two months, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to lift the ban on paragliding activity in Bir Billing, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the state, from Saturday. The step is expected to buoy tourism in the state, which has been ravaged by recent floods and rains.
Local authorities say following the decision, tourist rush to Billing is expected to increase during the weekend. The state government had imposed a complete ban on paragliding in July this year with the onset of monsoon to avoid any mishaps. Officials said after notifying certain safety guidelines, the district administration had restored all types of paragliding activities in Bir Billing.
Since paragliding was banned in the area for the past two months, most of the hotels and homestays were deserted. Bir Billing is touted as Asia’s best paragliding site and among the top ones in the world. This cosy village, a noted centre for ecotourism, meditation, and spiritual studies is located away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and other tourist destinations.
The valley is in the west of Mandi district and the village is famous for its scenic beauty. It is also one of those less-famous adventure destinations around the globe that offer holistic peace of mind to adventurers as well as travellers.
On the top of the mountains is a take-off site for paragliding. Host to the Paragliding World Cup in 2018, Bir is referred to as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’ and is fast becoming a Mecca for enthusiasts and adventure sports lovers from across the world.
Billing, the take-off point, is situated at 8,000 feet from sea level and offers great flight. The landing site is on the southern edge of Bir and is approximately 4,500 feet from sea level.