A Drive To Para Flying Capital Of India

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By-Miles Ahead Expeditions

About The Listing

Type of Trip : Road Trips

Level : Medium

Location : Himachal Pradesh

Duration : 4 Days 3 Nights

Trip Start : Delhi

Trip End : Delhi

Description

This road trip to Girli, Bir And Billing will be one cherish for a life time. Garli is such a postcard perfect village of India in secluded helmets of Himachal. A charming village which is not at all uncomfortably popular. Bir is known all over the world as a best playground for paragliders and is a paradise for tourist who wish to take a safe tendem paradliging sport. Bir-Billing offer great opportunities for high altitude and cross country flying for a stretch that extends to 200 Kilometers.

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Activities

Daytime

Road Trip
Sightseeing
Photography

Evening

Nature Walk
Bonfire

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: Delhi to Girli, Himachal Pradesh.

    5:00 AM: Departure from Mukerba Chowk Delhi By pass to Girli.

    1:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Registration & Check-in Desk operational Welcome Drink along with Lunch served on arrival Leisure Time.

    8:30 PM: Onwards Dinner will be served.

    Day 02: Girli to Bir.

    7:30 AM: Morning Tea.

    8:30 to 9:30 AM: Breakfast.

    09:30 to 11:30 AM: Leave for Heritage Village Walk and local sightseeing.

    11:30 AM to 2:30 PM: Departure for Bir (75 Kms – 2 to 3 hours).

    2:30 – 3:30 PM: Welcome drinks and lunch.

    3:30 – 7:30 PM: Leave for local sightseeing Sir Sobha Singh Museum Norah Centre for the Arts at Andretta Visit Baijnath Temple.

    8:30 PM: Onwards dinner will be served.

    Day 03: Bir to Billing.

    7:30 AM: Morning Tea.

    8:30 to 9:30 AM: Breakfast will be served.

    9:45 AM: Paragliding Activity Team to leave for Billing (at an extra cost subject to weather conditions).

    1:30 to 2:30 PM: Lunch served at Bir.

    2:30 to 4:00 PM: Visit to Sherbling Monastery.

    4:00 to 6:30 PM: Visit to Taragarh Palace in Palampur.

    8:30 PM: Onwards dinner will be served.

    Day 04: Check out from Bir.

    7:30 AM: Morning tea.

    8:30 to 9:30 AM: Breakfast served.

    9:45 AM: Check-out time.

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Pricing    

* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 07 Jun, 2015
Single entry ₹ 6,550 EMI starts* ₹ 582
Add-Ons
  • Mountain biking.: ₹ 700
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350cc per day without fuel.: ₹ 1,200
  • Royal Enfield (Lightning 535cc) per day without fuel.: ₹ 1,500
  • Paragliding.: ₹ 2,500
  • Rented vehicle (Swift Dzire) with driver and fuel.: ₹ 14,000
  • Rented vehicle (Toyata Innova) with driver and fuel.: ₹ 16,000

Inclusions

Includes
  • Three nights stay in Heritage Havelis and traditional Himachali – Style Cottage on twin sharing basis.
  • Buffet meals including breakfast, Veg lunch & dinner Veg / Non Veg.
  • Each Cottage has double or Triple beds, along with quilts and blankets, attached bathroom with geyser & western style toilets.
  • Local village walk.
  • Nature walks.
  • Visit to famous Tibetan Monasteries, Museums, and local markets.
Doesn’t Includes
  • Vehicle.
  • Adventure activities.
  • Any meals on the way.
  • Fuel.
  • Toll taxes.
  • Monasteries & museums tickets.
  • Paragliding.
  • Mountain biking (Cycles).
  • Additional stays due to unavoidable natural calamities.
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Terms & Conditions

  • Amount once paid will not be refunded.
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Tips, Hints, Precautions

  • THE DO's

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  • DO always wear your seat belt.

  • DO review the official rules of the road for your jurisdiction periodically, and follow them always.

  • DO follow the speed limits.

  • DO pay attention when you are driving, even if you are familiar with the area. A surprising number of accidents happen only blocks from home!

  • DO be courteous toward other drivers.

  • DO give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks.

  • DO keep a winter survival kit in your car for bad weather conditions. A good survival kit should contain a cell phone, matches, flares, a working flashlight, food, water, and blankets.

  • DO make sure that your spare tire is in your car and that you have a working jack.

  • DO make time for routine preventative maintenance on your car. Breakdowns can be dangerous and costly.

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  • THE DON'Ts

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  • DON'T drink and drive, and don't get in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.

  • DON'T make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do. Just because someone has their turn signal on does not mean they are actually going to turn. They may be like the rest of us, and have forgotten that it is on!

  • DON'T assume that other cars know what you are doing, either. Make sure that you use your turn signals and give yourself, and the cars around you, plenty of room to maneuver.

  • DON'T tailgate other cars, pass on shoulders, fail to yield, run stoplights or stop signs (even if no one else seems to be around), or break any other rules of the road on purpose. If you act like you are above the law when you operate a car, you will sooner, rather than later, find out that you are not.

  • DON'T play your car stereo so loudly that you are disruptive to others, or so loudly that you are unable to hear emergency vehicle sirens.

  • DON'T talk on your cell phone and drive at the same time. If you need to make or answer a telephone call while you are driving, pull over at a safe place, use the phone, and then resume your journey.

  • DON'T engage in other activities, while driving, that distract your attention or reduce your reaction time.

  • DON'T treat a car like it is a toy. It is not. Don't use your car to play chicken, race, or give another car a friendly "tap."

  • DON'T let your emotions and frustrations get the best of you. Don't engage in road rage, no matter how irritating another driver might be to you.

  • DON'T leave valuables in your car, especially in places where they can be seen, no matter where you are parked.

  • DON'T use plastic bags for carrying stuff as plastic is officially banned in Himachal Pardesh

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  • Generic Tips for Expeditions and road trips.

  • Anticipate

  • Give some thought as to what you may expect to encounter ahead. Consider how the weather may have affected your intended route. Should you change your planned route or carry appropriate gear to cope with it? Rain. snow, ice, drought all have possible implications for your expedition. Problems are often encountered but some can be anticipated and their effects reduced.

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  • Walk it first

  • If you can't see the ground your tyres are in contact with then the unexpected can happen. Water crossings can have deep potholes - even if they have a concrete base. Long grass can have ruts, holes and hidden objects. It's a compromise thing - on a long trip it may not be practical to walk all the hazards so BE AWARE take it SLOW. Stretch your legs rather than your luck.

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  • Side slips

  • Traversing a slippery slope or riding the crown on a dirt road can lead to your vehicle slipping down sideways. Turn the vehicle in the direction that the rear end is moving then apply gentle throttle to gain control and steer back up the slope.

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  • Corrugated roads

  • Often encountered in hot dry regions used by heavy vehicles. Drive just fast enough to iron out most of the jolting. Driving fast to give a smooth ride is dangerous as tyres are only fleetingly in contact with the peaks of the ridges. You can reach a situation akin to aqua-planing on water. Distance between corrugations is dictated by soil composition and vehicle useage. There are 'comforts zones' generally aound 40km/h, 60km/h and 80km/h. Don't drive faster.

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  • Rock climbing

  • Look well ahead and plan a route to keep the vehicle on as even a keel as possible. Keep a slow steady pace and try not to stall or stop.

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  • Steep Descents

  • Select the lowest gear possible and let the engine brake for you. Manual diesel engines brake better than petrol or automatics. If you have 'hill descent control' use it. If you really need to apply wheel braking (e.g very long very steep decline) then do it GENTLY, otherwise the wheels will lock up and the rear end slide around. VERY DANGEROUS.

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  • Steep Ascents

  • Select a gear that will get you to the top at a steady pace. Ease off as you negotiate any obstacles enroute but don't stall. Charging at a hill can cause loss of traction, disturbance to vehicle contents and

  • possible vehicle damage.

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  • Sunset

  • Driving into a setting sun restricts visibilty. This can be especially dangerous on 4WD tracks, SLOW DOWN or stop early and take a break. Dusk is also a difficult time to see obstacles since headlights aren't much use. It's a good time to use the available light to organize your camp.

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  • Night driving

  • Not a good idea, but if you must, then drive well within the limits of your lights to stop or avoid obstacles.

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  • Use both hands

  • One handed driving is strictly for tarmac! Rough tracks can deflect a wheel suddenly and you've lost control before you know it. It's a potential rollover. That doesn't mean all steering wheel movement should be illiminated. On rutted tracks and rough ground allow the vehicle some leeway to choose the path of least resistance.

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  • Mirrors

  • Practise reversing using your mirrors. A loaded vehicle may restrict your normal view. When offroad you can angle the mirrors down to see your rear whells and the tracks they make.

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  • Mud holes

  • Be wary that somebody may have got stuck in there previously and left wood, stones or other debris buried in there which could damage your tyres. You can reduce tyre pressures in the same way as for sand driving to help 'float' over the mud.

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  • Use what you have

  • If you have a diff lock and your route ahead is steep, slippery of soft use it BEFORE you get stuck.

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  • In convoy

  • There is more chance the vehicle infront will stop or slow suddenly in an offroad situation. Allow for this. There is no need to risk damage by flying stones either. In convoy you should maintain contact with the vehicle BEHIND.

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  • Safety

  • Wear your seat belt, even you're not likely to get caught by the law! Offroad tracks are more likely to lead to unexpected vehicle movements.

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  • Important check lists.

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  • Pre-departure Maintenance Checklist

  • Check engine oil

  • Check transmission oil

  • Check brake fluid

  • Check radiator coolant

  • Check windshield wiper fluid

  • Check fan belts

  • Check hoses

  • Check air cleaner

  • Check seat belts

  • Check tire air pressure (air up to recommended pressure for highway driving, air down at trail head, air up prior to trip home)

  • Check for tire wear or damage

  • Check brake pads & shoes (adequate braking pad material, in good condition and without contamination)

  • Check for loose bolts or nuts throughout vehicle

  • Grease all fittings (u-joints, steering)

  • Check gear oils: transfer case/differentials, replace if necessary.

  • Check shocks

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  • Safety and Survival

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  • The First Aid Kit.

  • First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can buy them, or you can make your own kit. Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need. Include any personal items, such as medications. Here are suggestions for the contents of a first aid kit:

  • Adhesive Tape

  • Antiseptic Ointment

  • Alcohol swabs, individually wrapped

  • Band-Aids (assorted sizes)

  • Blanket

  • Cold Pack

  • Disposable Gloves

  • Gauze Pads and Roller Gauze (assorted sizes)

  • Hand Cleaner

  • Plastic Bags

  • Scissors and Tweezers

  • Small Flashlight and Extra Batteries

  • Burnaid gel

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  • Basic Personal Essentials

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  • Water - At least one Gallon per person, per day if not more. Drier, hotter climates may require more. Remember: Alcohol doesn't hydrate. In fact alcoholic beverages dehydrate since it take more water to metabolize alcohol than the beverage contains. Plus it may cause you to require the above mentioned First Aid Kit.

  • Food - Bring food for twice the amount of time you are planning on being gone. Should you be delayed and have to spend a night out on the trail, you wont have to worry about going hungry. Good ideas for trail food: trail mix, beef jerky, fruits, dry/canned food, etc.

  • Extra Cloths - Nobody likes to sit in wet cloths or an extended period of time.

  • Personal items - This includes toilet paper, anti- microbial hand cleaner, etc

  • Sun block

  • Rain Jacket

  • Communication devices - Cell Phone, CB Radio, GMRS/FRS radios

  • Power inverter if necessary (e.g. Cell phone recharger, battery recharger for communication devices and camera)

  • Trash bags - Keep your trails clean

  • Maps, information about the area

  • Compass or GPS

  • Water purification tablets

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  • Survival - Seasonal Specific

  • Winter

  • Extra clothing

  • Warm outer layers (jacket, wind breaker)

  • Head gear (warm hat, hooded jacket)

  • Emergency blanket (compact survival type)

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  • Summer

  • Sun Block

  • Insect repellant

  • Sunglasses

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