Himalayan Hang Gliding Rally - Billing , Himachal Pradesh

From Billing, the range runs the entire way to Dharamsala, untying the Kangra valley from Champa. To the north of the meadow is the elevated peaks and to the south the plains. The plunge from the meadow is nearly one kilometer and an average straight TTB (top to bottom) flight to the Chaughan landing area duratin for nearly 25 to 30 minutes. If the environment (like weather, wind speed and direction, cloud base of 4000 to 5000m etc) is right, one can make a Cross Country remoteness flight from Billing to Manali or Billing to Dharamsala (90km). The flying is normally ridge hopping getting lift from the ridges or cliff edges running down from the key spine of the range. Ridge lifts originated by wind striking a hillside and Thermals (columns of hot air) are utilized by the glider to raise higher.

Thermalling is a vital skill for flying in Billing. In Billing, thermals are bring into being on a usual basis over a temple for this reason called the 'Thermal Devta', intermediate down the eastern spur which run down to Bir. The temple can be recognized from the air by a red ribbon attached to a tree top. In the Billing - Dharamsala flight route there are more or less 15 ridges. One can have the companionship of the Huge Himalayan Griffin Vultures for the duration of flight. Billing is in addition easily top landable.

Billing is distinguished the world over for having the credit of organizing the very first Paragliding competition as per the rules of Federation Aeronautique International. The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh organized the Para Gliding Pre world Cup at Billing- Bir during the month of October 2003. It is in addition 'the place' for Hang gliding and Para Sailing. Each year during May, an annual Himalayan Hang Gliding Rally is organized at Billing. Aero sports club at Bir and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department ( Phone: 91-177-223959 ) assist in this regard.

Best time / season for gliding in Billing : March to May before the monsoon & September to November
Clothing : It is advisable to bring warm flight clothing, wind proof jackets, winter flight suits, rough trousers, ankle support shoes since the weather tends to be chilly when one is air borne. Thick gloves/socks are also recommended.


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