Paragliding in Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh, reopens after 3 months
Paragliding in Bir Billing resumes following a gap of three months. The government of Himachal Pradesh had previously imposed a ban on paragliding at Billing. This measure was taken after the Covid-19 outbreak in March this year. The decision was formerly in compliance with the central government. All types of activities and gatherings are dissuaded to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Paragliding activities resumed on Wednesday, 8th July. As a few pilots flew from Billing to the landing site at Chogan, only solo flights were witnessed on the first day. There were no tandem flights to be seen in the absence of tourists.
At the same time, the administration is prone to a second ban on paragliding activities. The ban on paragliding in Bir Billing would supposedly last for two months – from July 15th to September 15th. Paragliding accidents in rainstorms would be prevented as a result of this measure. The safety of pilots and tourists is also considered. Such a ban on paragliding during the rainy season is not new. It is imposed in the monsoon season of every year.
Bir-Billing ranks among the ten best paragliding sites on the planet. The Bir-Billing is situated at a height of 5,000 feet and 9,000 feet above ocean level in the lower regions of the Himalayas. The rich green Bir-Billing Valley has emerged as the first choice of local and foreign vacationers for extreme sport. Billing hosts an International Paragliding World Cup each year in October. Even as paragliding resumes in Billing, the region is in a condition of neglect.