Billing is a beautiful little place in Himachal Pradesh, which is considered one of the best gliding sites in the world. It is blessed by nature and is perfect as a launching pad, making it an ideal place for hang-gliding and paragliding. Adventure sports enthusiasts flock to Billing, from all over the world, mainly between September to November, which is the best time to enjoy these sports. Let Adventure Tours of India, take you on an adventure to Billing, that will surely add excitement and fun to your life.
Billing-Tourist Places in and around Billing
The temple of Baijnath, attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world. The temple was built by two merchant brothers, Manyuka and Ahuka, in 804 A.D. Inside the temple, is the 'lingam' of Vaidyanatha lord Shiva. Most of the people visit this temple in the hope that the 'Lord of Physicians' will free them of any kind of ailment that they or their loved ones might be suffering from. Another interesting thing about this place is the water here. Many claim that the water at Baijnath possess excellent digestive properties, may be that explains why rulers of the Kangra valley used to drink water brought from Baijnath.
Close to Baijnath, is the beautiful town of Bir. The village which is 14 kms away from Baijnath, is famous for an annual fair, which is related to Holi festival. During the festival, locals come dressed in their best clothes and dance and sing joyously. They carry Gods dressed in finery, which are placed in colorful palanquins. People also drink a lot of rice beer, locally called lugri.
Billing-Things to do
Billing is just the place for people who love adventure sports. Located at an altitude of 8, 500 feet in Kangra valley, Billing is famous for hang-gliding. It offers 100 kms of up and down, and cross-country flights.
Billing is also famous for yet another adventure sport, that of Para Sailing. Other places in India where Parasailing can be enjoyed are, Goa, Trivandrum, Orissa, Uttaranchal and Manipur, among many others.
Billing also has the distinction of holding the first ever paragliding competition according to the rule of the Federation Aeronautique international, which makes this place fit to hold more paragliding championships in future.
Billing-Getting There & Accommodation
Since Billing is only 14 kms from Bir. It is roughly an hour ride on a jeep or van from Bir.
The closest airport is in Kangra, at Guggal. From this airport, there are straight flights to Delhi.
The nearest railhead is at Pathankot. There is even an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot.
One can easily get to Billing or Bir by bus. You can either take a bus from delhi or from any other major town in Himachal Pradesh. One can get to Billing by hired cabs or jeeps too.
Comfortable accommodation for tourists to Billing, is available at Bir (14kms) and Chaughan Tibetan colony. It is a good idea to book rooms prior to the visit, so one does not face any problems in the last minute.
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development can arrange Fiberglass tents and other tented accommodation. There are many hotels too that are in towns close to Billing
Billing-Things to keep in mind
Since most people come to Billing for adventure sports, there are some things tourists should keep in mind before coming to Billing, Himachal Pradesh.
If you are planning to try any adventure sports, you might want to check with your doctor if you are physically fit for the sports.
While you are trying out new adventure sports, make sure you follow all the instructions as advised by the instructor.
Something to keep in mind while parasailing is that make sure you are doing it in an open space and that there are no obstructive objects in your path.
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