When was the last time you slept with a broad smile on your face and clouds in your eyes.
For me it was the day I jumped off the cliff!
Just have a look at the picture below and it will all make sense...
This amazing sport is "paragliding" and the paradise like place is Bir Billing(Kangra -India)
Bir Billing was in news last year for hosting India's first AAI Paragliding World Cup in Oct 2015.Yes,there actually exists something called Paragliding World Cup.
AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015 @ Bir Billing Image Source
Bir is a beautiful flat land surrounded by majestic mountains and dotted with multi colored step farming beds.
This place gives a sense of peace and calm:
The cab climbs through the turns and steep slopes and so does one's heart beat.On looking at the gliders above I was full of excitement at Bir (the lower base) but as the up hill journey progressed my excitement gave way to fear and by the time we reached the highest point of the mountain-Billing, fear was the only emotion I was left with.
Flying among the birds
It took me one hour to prepare myself mentally. Once the pilot strapped the gear around me I just stood there with my eyes closed and bam! within a second I was flying!
(Pilot- The guy who takes the glider flight along with you)
Flying at the height of 2400ft above the birds,above the mountains, over the monasteries it was the best experience of my life so far.
It was around 45 min ride and then we landed smoothly on the clearing in Bir.
I was happy and hungry so decided to treat myself with Kangra special "Tikki Burger" and tea.
In Bir there is a cozy cafe-Garden Cafe.It is the perfect place to relax post gliding and share your experience with co-gliders while munching on delicious pancakes. Sandwiches here are worth a try.
The gorgeous Garden Cafe
The final destination for the day was this ancient Shiva temple of Baijnath.This temple is worth a visit for its architecture and splendid views of mountain range behind it.
Baijnath Shiva temple
It was the best day ever.And then the whole evening I had a broad smile on my face and clouds in my eyes :)
PLACE: Bir Billing
HOW TO REACH:Overnight Volvo bus from ISBT delhi to Baijnath "Himsuta" Bus booking
COST: INR 3000 per person per ride.
Trainer/Pilot: I would recommend Mr.Jyoti Thakur, an experienced paraglider( 9816525205 and 9418112392
IMPORTANT TIP: 1)Wear leg warmers and keep your nose covered as it gets really chilly at the height of 2400ft.
2)Leave your belongings (including big cameras) in your vehicle at Bir.
WHERE TO STAY: There are a plenty of hotels and homestays in Baijnath and Bir.
WHAT TO DO NEXT:You can explore the village Bir, it has a few monasteries.The next day you can head to Mcleodganj and Dharamshala.