Known as the ‘Paragliding Paradise of the World’, the towns of Bir and Billing in Kangra district are extremely beautiful places for adventure sport. Billing is the take-off site while Bir is the landing spot. Bir has situated 35 km from Palampur while Billing is situated 14 km from Bir.
Bir has a Tibetan colony and various Buddhist monasteries which are worth visiting. The Tibetan colony is one of the earliest Tibetan refugee settlements in India and was established in1962 by those fleeing the Chinese invasion of Tibet. The Deer Park Institute is a famous center for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions which was established by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
Billing presents a panoramic view of the valley below. Bir and Billing were rated as one of the best destinations for paragliding in the world but unfortunately less known to Indians. Billing also boasts of being the venue of the first paragliding competition and every year, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh organises the ‘Para Gliding Pre-world Cup’ at Bir Billing in the month of October. Tourists can also try their hand at hang gliding and parasailing.