Bir-Billing: Give wings to your madness
A blog by - "Shreya Srivastava"
Why walk, when you can fly. Fly along those mesmerizing mountain ranges, those beautiful valleys and those breathtakingly amazing scenes of flowing mountain streams. Or why to drive, when you can trek. Trek through the wilderness, challenging your physical strength and consoling yourself by "almost there" while knowing that you're completely drenched in exhaustion. Or why to live in hotels, when you can go camping, feeling a bit closer to mother nature and accepting your fate to whatever she unfolds to you, watching sunrise and sunset, birds and animals, hills and streams surrounding you. If the above lines have in any way, matched your way of thinking, then I take the honor to introduce to you, Bir-Billing, two very small geographical areas in Himachal Pradesh, but also two very remarkable places for the adventure enthusiasts. Situated in the foothills of Himalayas, Bir-Billing stands to be world's second highest natural paragliding spot and a hub for aero sports. Do you have a soft corner for adventure? If yes, then it HAS to be on your bucket list of must-have experiences!!! Known as the paragliding capital of India, Bir-Billing has remained to be a flocking ground for paragliders ever since 1984. Also, the best flying season here is said to be between September to Mid November. Moreover, not just paragliding, but the place also attracts people in large numbers for mountain biking, camping and trekking along the Dhauladhar Ranges, through beautiful pahadi villages and fascinating mountain streams. Other nearby tourist attractions are Chokling Monastery, Bir tea factory, Camp Oak View, Deer park Institute and Dharmalaya Institute, apart from many other small places. Regarding the food available in the area, you can find almost all kinds of Indian and continental food, including the local delicacies of Momos, Sidu, Auriya kaddu, Chouk, Bhagjery, Aaloo palda, and Patande, among many others. So guys, plan out a weekend trip to Bir-Billing and have a breathtaking experience with paragliding, trekking, and camping in and around the area. Plus, l would also make a small mention about all those adventure junkies participating for the mountain biking race. Hey there bikers, as we know that HASTPA(Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association) is organizing the 12th international mountain biking event, Hero MTB Himalaya 2016. So seeing the whole scenario from your perspective, you're gonna make a tough choice by choosing the race, over paragliding. Thus, it's either finish the whole race or give it up for a splendid experience and eye pleasing views. Well, whatever be your choice, it's definitely a win-win situation for you guys! Not to forget, you'll be a part of a historic event, since this place stands tall in the world as the second highest place for mountain biking. So, c'mon your riders, gear up for the most exciting experience of your lifetime and see how height takes over you. Because certainly, the sky is not the limit, it is the destination.