Billing - Introduction
Billing in Himachal Pradesh is renowned the world over for having the distinction of organizing first every paragliding competition according to the rules of Federation Aeronautique International. Its topography makes it the most suited venue for future world paragliding championships.
Billing - Location
The adventure destination of Billing in Himachal Pradesh is located at 8,500 feet in the Kangra valley. It is above the Buddhist monastery of Bir.
Billing - Sites Near By
Set like a jewel against the splendid backdrop of the legendary Dhauladhars, the temple of Baijnath-the abode of the Lord of Physicians-continues to attract people from all corners of India, and the world. Built by two merchant brothers-Manyuka and Ahuka-more than a thousand years ago, in 804 A.D., the temple of Baijnath has acquired an aura of mystic invincibility. Inside, the 'lingam' of Vaidyanatha Lord Shiva has long been a symbol of veneration for the vast numbers who journey to this temple year after year. The temple priests claim a lineage as old as the temple. Month after month, they have observed the motley crowd of people who become unified by the sheer strength of faith as they approach the 'lingam'. Many travel to Baijnath in the hope that the Lord of Physicians will grant a boon and free them of ailments. The water at Baijnath is reputed to possess remarkable digestive properties and it is said that till the recent past, rulers in Kangra Valley would drink only water obtained from Baijnath.
Above Baijnath, touching the foot of the mighty Dhauladhars, is the ancient, picturesque village of Bir. Once the seat of the powerful Pal Rajputs, Bir is now the venue of an annual fair, traditionally a part of the Holi Festival. The beautiful oak forest of Bir resounds with the joyous sound of dancing and singing and carefree laughter, as Gaddis and Kanets pour in from the mountains around. They bring with them their Gods dressed in all their finery, ceremoniously placed and carried in colorful palanquins. Worship is an important part of the festivities during which huge quantities of lugri (rice beer) are consumed. Billing is at a distance of 14 km from Bir
Billing - Adventure Sports
Billing (8,500 feet) in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh has been the venue for hang-gliding rallies offering opportunities for excellent flying. Billing offers 100 kilometers of up and down, and cross-country flights.
Para Sailing has been a regular sport at Billing in the Kangra valley. The game is also pursued in Goa, Trivandrum, Orissa, hills of Uttar Pradesh, North East, Manipur, and many other places in India.
Billing is the most favorite place to organize any hang gliding event in India. The place also has the distinction of organizing first every paragliding competition according to the rules of Federation Aeronautique international, which makes this venue eligible for future world paragliding championships.
Billing - Where to Stay
For Billing, fiberglass tents and tented accommodation can be arranged through the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
Billing - Travel Information/Precautions
1. Before taking up any of the above-mentioned games, you should check with your medical consultant that you are physically fit to participate.
2. When into the sports, follow the advice of your instructor religiously. Do not jump ahead of the schedule. It is not possible to touch the cloud base in the first day of training: possibility is that in trying to touch cloud base you would be touching the land base forever. Remember, life is precious.
3. Follow all the safety measures and wear all the instruments as prescribed.
4. If you are participating in parasailing in an open area, ensure that any obstructing element is not in your path.
5. Responsible tourism is the current buzzword today the world over. Protect your environment at all cost; don't destroy it.