Hi All,

Do get your Autumn trip flights as soon as possible now!

Please do let all your contacts know about this trip as the more people we get the more fun it will be! (And more of our instructors get to go too :-)

For various reasons, we are driving from Delhi to Bir, but if you elect to fly Spice Jet to Bir, you will need to purchase additional bags at the time of booking, but then you will also need to purchase the additional kilograms to put into said bags! (You may be able to do this at the time of booking.) Driving up is usually approximately the same time door-to-door as flying.

Any remaining balance (non-refundable) will be due on 15th August for autumn trips and 15th January for spring trips. If you would all be so kind, payments can be made by bank transfer, credit card in person or cash.

Please make any bank transfers to:

Bank: Barclays Bank, High Street Lewes
Account name: Air Trips
A/c number: 90145580
Sort code: 20-49-76


We stay on the outskirts of the village of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, which is at 1430m.

We launch principally from the take-off at Billing (2440m) and the mountain range immediately behind launch extends to 4980m. If you drop back a ridge or more the peaks quickly increase to 6-7000m

For the recently qualified and/or low airtime pilot, you can expect to become a competent XC pilot, able to identify and use thermal lift to cover serious distances and then land safely in a field of your choosing, perhaps even occasionally the main landing field! Look upon out-landings as an opportunity to meet new friends and have an amazing travel experience and you won't go far wrong.

For the more experienced pilot who can already thermal well and is seeking some quality instruction in the awesome scenery and benign thermals of this classic XC paradise, we'll be aiming to improve your skills by guided XC flying every day, perhaps including some of the more dramatic high altitude routes.

Before you go, please practise forward launches in nil wind and nil wind spot landings.

As always, you must always land on your feet! If you cannot do this reliably, please practise now.

Please tie everything to your harness or flight deck. Every year we end up wandering around some field looking for someone's camera, radio or vario that they forgot to pack when they landed. Likewise please tie your wallet and phone to your person. The locals are very honest, but it can be embarrassing to report yet another lost item to the village elders.

You will have to purchase a local paragliding licence from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate on arrival. This was about GBP 10/week last year. You will be required to submit your BHPA card and a copy of your insurance, passport and visa to obtain this licence.



You will not be allowed onto the aeroplane without a visa! If you do manage to get on a flight, you will be turned back at Delhi.

There is now an e-visa system in place, which should be sufficient for most clients on a single trip. Please see the Indian government website for details.

Otherwise, Indian visas are now being processed by a third party organisation. Please see http://www.indiavisaheadoffice.co.uk for details. It was recommended that you obtain your visa in person, but the postal system does work well if you are religious about completing the paperwork perfectly.

Visas run from the moment of issue. E-visas are issued on arrival, you just get an authorisation when you apply for them.

A TOURIST visa is required. On the application form you may be asked to say 'Places to be visited' and also may be asked for two referees in India.

If so, these should be filled in on the visa form as follows:

Places to be visited:

Dharamsala, Bir, Manali

Address in India:

Dream and Adventure, Friends Network, Village Chaugan, PO Bir, Tehsil Baijnath, District Kangra, 176077, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Tel: 00 91 (0) 98163 77150

Referees in India:

Sian Everingham, Dream and Adventure, Friends Network, Village Chaugan, PO Bir, Tehsil Baijnath, District Kangra, 176077, H.P., India
Tel: 0091 (0) 99584 24493‬

E-mail: sianeve@hotmail.com

Sunny Budhraja, Tripsout Travels, 72 Janpath, New Delhi, 110011, India
Tel: 00 91 (0) 11 4151 9998


You must have medevac insurance and ensure that permitted activities include paragliding. You will be asked to show your insurance documents to Steve on arrival. Please provide Steve with a photocopy of your certificate.

You my wish to consider:


See your GP NOW for current vaccination and malaria advice.

You will probably require vaccinations against Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Polio and Diphtheria.

You will probably not require malaria tablets, but check current advice, Be cautious to avoid mosquitos in Delhi and you can avoid malaria and dengue prophylaxis as these are not prevalent in the north.

It is advisable to take a small first aid kit and some water purification tablets in case you land out.

Follow usual advice of avoiding unsterilised water and ice cubes or milk products including ice cream. In reality, most milk products are pasteurised, but be careful about local produce.


You cannot (legally) obtain rupees outside of India.

Be prepared to change most, if not all, of your money at Delhi (expensive) or in Bir when the Western Union rep visits us or at the Surya Hotel (recommended.)

There are virtually no cash machines in Himachal Pradesh.

We recommend changing GBP 200 - GBP 300 for the fortnight! The rate was about 89 Rs/GBP last year.


Per client, we suggest at least Rs1000 (£11) per local staff member, more if you feel it is appropriate, which may be particularly relevant for our local flying guide(s).


During the daytime, weather is similar to an exceptional day in August at home. However, evening falls quickly, and it can be cool if a katabatic breeze occurs.

I personally take merino wool thermals, a duvet coat and several 'travel' shirts and zip-off trousers.

Don't forget a sun hat.

Very good gloves and tea bag style hand warmers are a must for trip two.


Our contact in the UK for the duration of the trip is Diana on 01825 723765.

Steve's Indian contact number will be advised on the Telegram group as soon as we get there.

There are one or two internet cafes left in Bir, but nowadays 4G mobile data is readily available in the populated areas.


Check your baggage allowance both ways, it may well differ.

Do NOT pack anything with a battery into your checked in luggage or it will get held up. Likewise if it even looks like a power bank or similar.

There are international limits on the size of Lithium batteries which may be carried on an aircraft. Many drone batteries and some powerbanks exceed this limit.

Do NOT pack anything with a blade, including a multi-tool, into your hand luggage or it will get confiscated.

Remember that it may be cheaper to buy some things there rather than pay excess baggage charges – clothes and toiletries are very cheap in India.

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