Bir & Billing are two small villages in Baijnath tehsil, of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. They are 14 kms apart and are now considered as one of the finest aero sports sites in the world. Billing is at 2400 m above sea level and is the take-off site.
Bir is famous for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. It is also home to Tibetan refugees and several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.
The Tibetan Colony was set up in 1966 by the third Neten Chokling (1928-1973), an incarnate lama of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He brought his family & a small entourage and established a Tibetan settlement, where now over 300 families reside.
Over the years, the HP Govt has worked very hard and set up world class infrastructure at Bir and Billing. The site has two standby helicopters for rescue and retrieving of flyers during an emergency. It meets the required international standards and after India successfully hosted the pre-World Cup in 2013, it was decided by Para-gliding World Cup Association, that Bir Biiling was to hold the 2015 World Cup.
Over 150 flyers took part in the event which was well attended by both international and domestic tourists. There were free flyers too and 4 acrobatic flyers were specially invited by HP government from France.
Right now, the site has capacity is to accommodate the take off of 30 to 40 gliders but plans are to soon increase this number to 100.
Although the landing site Bir lacks hotels but it was made up by setting up a tent village for athletes and home stay for others.