Things to do in Bir-Billing: Paragliding Monasteries Camping Awesome... read more
Things to do in Bir-Billing: Paragliding Monasteries Camping Awesome... read more
However Paragliding was realy great experience but cycling in lap of nature was not less than... read more
We visited this camp in June, just before the monsoons set. We started from Delhi, took break in Chandigarh and started our drive to Bir, the next day. The drive was smooth & fun.
While on our way, the moment we spotted paragliding, any hint of fatigue or tiredness just vanished. Upon reaching Bir ( the landing area ) he sent his guide to help us reach the camp, which otherwise would have been difficult.
The camp is located in the middle of the forest and it's fun to enjoy a quite sunset and gaze stars post that. Food served is excellent, hot water provided for morning bath ( yes it's required in June ) etc etc..It's packed with all the facilities a camp should have. Though it was my first camp outing, but my thought were agreed with fellow travelers,( who have been to other camps in the past ) that it’s like a 5 star camp !!
Varun, the owner, is very young, knowledgeable and humble person. This also reflects in the way he has set up the camp, the staff he has and the smile which all of them keep while taking care of the guests. He seamlessly coordinated all the activities and ensured that we had a great great time. The best part he takes personal interest in managing everything. Keep that going guys !!
Paragliding ( we did it twice ) and trekking is highly recommended and it's advisable to visit the place before monsoons. Please carry, some thick/ warm clothes for children proper rain gear ( raincoat.. umbrella’s won’t help ), as in the mountains the weather can change all of a sudden.
I'm pretty sure, we are going there again !!
Thanks for your valuable review, looking forward for your next visit to camp Oak view and Bir billing with more trekking options
Somethings in life are priceless. Staying in this camp is one of them!
On our Himachal sojourn, I and my wife were sure that we didn’t want to visit the usual places like Shimla, Dalhousie, Manali etc. We wanted something exciting and that’s when we got to know about this camp. There were multiple options that we could choose for and we opted for a package which has a trek and paragliding. We exchanged couple of calls and emails with Varun who owns this place and the booking was done seamlessly. This was just the start of something truly special.
Reaching Bir Billing
We were advised by Varun to reach Bir by 6 PM as the camp was in the middle of the forest. As the climate was foggy and it has rained in the morning, Varun advised us to finish off the Paragliding in late evening as the forecast was of more rain for the entire week. We were thrilled as that happened to be our 3rd Wedding Anniversary as well. We reached Bir around 3PM and were escorted by Babloo to the camp. It might be difficult to locate the camp without an escort though the maps show the exact location of the camp. After parking, you need to hike for about 100mts to reach the camp.
It was like finding an oasis in middle of a desert. The camp area is surrounded by thick green forest yet is very neat and clean. The tents are well spaced so as to maintain privacy. The tents are equipped with mattresses, blankets, towels, bottled water, a light and a charging point. You will not find even 1 speck of dust or stain inside the tent. The toilet and bathroom complex are separate and super clean. A lot of effort has gone into maintaining this place so neatly. There is no designated dining area but you can choose to have it under any of the tree or near the camp fire. The food is absolutely lip smacking. You can place your request if any and Pintu will be more than happy to make it for you. We wanted to taste something local and he had made a special sabzi out of Lungdu. The next day he made Khatiyal ki sabzi which was equally great to taste. The puri chole, paneer bhurji, aloo mater, dal……. basically everything he made was simply too good. Hot water was made available to us in the mornings by using Hamam for boiling the water.
We had opted for the 16KM village trail trek while booking. Varun introduced us to Khadak Singh – a 66 year young man who knows every nook and corner of these mountains. It was indeed refreshing to have such an enthusiastic man for company. He took us to such amazingly beautiful places that for once we thought we are in a foreign land. We got a feel of the local culture and cuisine when he took us to the house of a local farmer. As we were completely drenched in rain and shivering, the old man, Mr. Nihal Chand was kind enough to light a camp fire and make tea for us at his house. What hospitality! This certainly was the highlight of our trip. Finally after 16km and 9 hours of trekking, we came back to our camp by 6 PM. If you are trekking in rain, be careful of the leeches as we encountered lot of them during the trek.
This was the anniversary gift and Varun had booked the Paragliding ride for us at Arvind Paul's Fly Bir Billing. The ride from Bir landing area to Billing take off zone was nothing short of an adventure with narrow roads and near zero visibility. We reached the top in about 30min and since it was foggy there were not many people waiting for the jump. Luckily, as soon as we reached, the fog cleared and we were ready for our jump. Prem, who was my pilot, gave me clear instructions on Dos and Donts and was very professional in his approach. We opted to video record the jump using a Go Pro. This will cost you 500 bucks but it’s worth the money. After you are strapped, you need to run for some distance till the edge of the cliff before u actually take off. Once you are in air, the feeling is of a bird for the next 15-20min. The mountains will look like they have been covered with a thick green carpet and clouds will feel like soft cotton. You will love every second you are in air and wish that the ride continued for a little longer. You can request the pilot to do some stunts in the air which will take the entire experience to the next level. As instructed by the pilot, I kept my legs parallel to the land while landing and after a 15min dream ride, we finally landed in Bir. The immediate feeling was I want to do it again and I want to do it now. There are few photographers available in the landing area who will click you landing photos and offer it to you for Rs 200. This experience was our best anniversary gift till date.
Varun, Lucky, Pintu, Babloo and Khadak Singh are the nicest people you can meet in Himachal. The warmth and hospitality shown by them cannot be described in words. You have to experience it to believe it. For the period of stay, this camp was our home – 3000km and 8500ft away. Thank you guys for giving us such memorable moments and making our trip ultra-special.
Recently Visited Bir Billing with friends and family had a Owsum time :) Varun is simply amazing & the most helpful person one will ever know. Stay was cosy comfortable & food was jus yummmly delicious - cant wait to go again next year !! Big Cheers to Varun and his team wish them all the success in life!!
I recently visited Camp Oak View with 3 friends and had a wonderful time. The tents were cozy, clean and comfortable. The landscape was stunning. Varun and his staff at the camp were very welcoming and accommodating. We had a weeklong trip planned that included paragliding, visiting the beautiful monasteries in the area and an overnight camping trip to a nearby village, which was very memorable. I'd highly recommend any and all of these activities!
Its been really wonderful being a part of it. Everything was up to the mark. All the arrangements were excellent moreover people were very nice. The beauty of the camp view the fun we had with people will always remain in my memomries. looking forward to come again :-)
The most amazing paragliding experience in India and perhaps in the world.
The fact that the world paragliding championship was held at bir is a supplementary to my statement.
Taking off from a height of 2400 metres which is roughly 8000 feet by trained professional pilots is a once in a lifetime experience