Bir’s biggest attraction is paragliding. Paragliding is an adrenaline rush sport loved by every thrill seeker. After the Paragliding World Cup being held in 2015, Bir has become popular not only in India but worldwide for paragliding.
In Himachal Pradesh, there are many places for paragliding. Among them the Bir Valley is the most famous for paragliding and hang-gliding. Bir Valley has the nice weather throughout the year and it offers great heights and right amount of thermals for para-gliders. It is surely one of the most beautiful sites of paragliding in the world. Located in the foothills of the Himalayan chain, having the potential sailing for hundreds of kilometres with a backdrop of snowy peaks rising to nearly 6000 meters! You can share your thermal with vultures and eagles and surf to the stratospheric ceilings with your leading edge.
Bir is located 530 KM North of Delhi, in the region of Himachal Pradesh. Taking off from Billing located 14 KM away from the village is accessed by trail and offers a wonderful panorama.
From the Bir Valley, most common mountain chain is Dhauladhar ranges which will lead to Palampur (30 KM) and Dharamshala (60 KM). Dharamshala is a place where leader and Guru of Tibetans, The Dalai Lama lives. To the East, it is a distance about 65km which will take you to Mandi. Assuming northward through deserted valleys is Manali (110 KM) that awaits you.
The paragliding take-off site is located at 2500 meters is a nice grassy dome, accessible to anyone without any problem (a single road for 2 wheeler and 4 wheeler motor vehicles), which allows you to take off, but especially in the South and West, when the breeze strengthens.
The landing site is located in village Keori and on the edge of Tibetan Colony. The landing site lies alongside with Chougan-Keori Road. It’s a quite clear and wide open ground with green grass and lots of fields around it with very few trees.