Himachal Pradesh

What to see in Kangra, India

A magnificent building stands near Chowgan Chowk in nondescript Tibetan Colony in Bir, Kangra.  I have tried to capture highlights of the building that showcases many traditional Tibetan architectural features. Check the mini photo gallery.  

Bir By Air

Bir and Billing do not have an airport. The paragliding sites probably cannot have an airport because if paragliders and big commercial mechanized aircrafts share the sky, accidents may occur. Air connections to nearby big towns in the state are also limited. All flights for the towns usually leave Delhi before noon. Delhi to Dharamshala (Gaggal Airport) Dharamshala, less than 100 kilometers from Bir, has an airport where flights land

Types and Causes of Paragliding Injuries and Prevention

Accidents occur during paragliding. This is a fact. However, the causes are mainly manmade. For example, inadequate training, poor techniques, ignoring weather conditions… The accidents can injure head, spine, pelvic, and lower and upper limbs. Injuries to lower limbs (ankles, legs, pelvic area) and spines are the most common. During landing, pilots get maximum injuries mainly because of mistakes made by them. Don’t be scared. I am writing about injuries

Know 11 Rules That Will Increase Joys of Air Adventures

Indian authorities have taken some initiatives to enhance safety during air adventure holidays. For example, central government laid down basic minimum standards for paragliding and the state government defined The Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004. Now it is the turn of the participants and the operators to follow these rules to maximize the joys of the adventure. Here are 11 rules that each participant shall also follow: 1.      Hire

Know and Follow Basic Minimum Standards for Pleasant Paragliding Trips

Although trend of paragliding adventures gained momentum in India very late as compared to European countries, the country earned the contract to host Paragliding World Cup 2015. The activity is no more limited to hills and mountains. Even plains are inviting attention of paragliders. So the activity rule book is in making. One of the chapters define Basic Minimum Standards (BMS). This paragliding season, remember and follow the BMS. So

Paragliding in Billing, Indian Himalayas

Today we will take you to Billing, the paragliding site in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh. During Autumn, the skies of Billing are dotted with colorful canopies. Check yourself.      

Paragliding in Bir, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh in India

Flying like birds in the blue crisp skies of Bir during autumn is an exhilarating experience. Harvesting the golden yellow crops is a joy that will provide enough fuel during the snowy winter… Today’s photo story presents some beautiful moments from the paragliding season 2012. Browse now!  

Bedroom of 1-bed unit in Bhumang Monastery Guest House in Chauntra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Three years ago in October we stayed in Bhumang Monastery Guest House in Lower Chauntra. We spent four days in the guest house during annual paragliding season of Bir Billing in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It was October. The guest house, situated within an easy walking distance of the paragliding landing site in Bir, offers self-service units. The airy sunny spacious unit followed the principles of minimalism. But all parts of

The Himalayan hamlets from the fort

The Ahju Fort  complex, located in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, features a Bharat Sancher Nagar Limited’s (BSNL) tower, two temples, and the ruins. The complex offers lovely views of (1) the Himalayan hamlets, including Bir, billing, Badehr, and Suja; (2) twin paragliding sites, Bir and Billing; (3) popular touristy places such as Baijnath and Dharamshala; (4) the Dhauladhar Range and Bara Bhangal. To watch the slideshow of the day hike, click