Bilaspur is a very good place for Paragliding.there is a big lake besides landing field that makes it a ideal place for doing SIV.. many pilots from all over the world come here for SIV, acro, xc and for tandem joyrides.
What is special about Bilaspur, which is not there in flying sites at other places, is that it gives you almost eight hours of flying time as against 3 to 4 hours maximum Paragliding in Bilaspur at Billing or Manali. More over it has vast and safe landing grounds on the bank of Govind Sagar Lake at LUHNU. From training point of view, Bilaspur can be considered the best in whole of Asia. It is laid down in the training manual that training in instability maneuvers during advance pilot course i.e. Dynamic Stall, deep stall, spiral drive, spin reovery, assymmetric tuck, front tuck and deployment of Reserve Parachute, should be carried out over a broad base of water for reasons. For this, there is hardly any place, where there is any huge lake just beside the landing site. Bilaspur has the privilege of having unique combination of Air Sports in one stretch, which is very rare.
The Director Tourism, who himself belonged to Bilaspur, took keen interest in approving Bandla top as take off site, gave financial assistance to run para gliding courses for Bilaspur under Himachal Aero Adventure Institute Bilaspur, which under expert guidance of Mr. Bruce Mills from New Zealand and Alexi Garisimov from Russia, got the pilots trained. Thus Bilaspur was brought on World Map in Paragliding.
The best time to visit Bandla Dhar in Bilaspur is May-June and September-October. In just about 20 minutes of the flight, you can rise to the height of 20000 feet.
How to reach Bilaspur For paragliding?
Reaching Bilaspur is possible through the road. It lies on the National Highway 21, 170 kilometers before Manali on the Chandigarh Manali Highway.