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PARAGLIDING - Adventure Experience - Taragarh Palace Hotel

BIR-BILLING PARAGLIDING

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Sheltered by the mountains and surrounded by tea gardens, Bir a small village with a Tibetan Colony and monasteries in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh; serves as a landing ground and a base for Hang and Para gliders. Their launching (take-off) destination ‘Billing’, is a little meadow at 2,400m (8500 ft) on the Dhauladhar ranges, 14-km up from Bir. This meadow one of the wonders of nature, perfectly designed as a launch pad, has become a legend on the international paragliding circuits and a destination for World Champion Paraglider pilots. The meadow directly above the villages of Bir and Chaugan, is one of the best gliding sites in the world.

From Billing, the range runs all the way to Dharamsala, separating the Kangra valley from Chamba. To the north of the meadow is the high peaks and to the south the plains. The fall from the meadow is about one kilometre and an average straight TTB ( top to bottom) flight to the Chaughan landing area lasts for about 25-30 minutes. If the conditions (like weather, wind speed and direction, cloud base of 4000-5000m etc) are right, one can make a ‘Cross Country’ distance flight from Billing to Manali or Billing to Dharamsala (90km). The flying is generally ‘ridge-hopping’ ie. getting lift from the ridges or cliff edges running down from the main spine of the range. ‘Ridge lifts’ caused by wind hitting a hillside and ‘Thermals’ (columns of hot air) are used by the glider to rise higher. Thermalling is an essential skill for flying in Billing. In Billing, thermals are found on a regular basis over a temple hence called the ‘Thermal Devta’, halfway down the eastern spur running down to Bir.

The temple can be identified from the air by a red ribbon tied to a tree top. In the Billing – Dharamsala flight route there are 15 or so ridges. You can have the company of the Huge Himalayan Griffin Vultures during flight. Billing is also easily top- landable.

PARA GLIDING SPOT
Billing, Bir Village, Kangra district (Himchal Pradesh , India)
Billing height: 8,500 feet

BEST TIME FOR GLIDING
March to May before the monsoon & September to November

ANGLING - Adventure Experience - Taragarh Palace Hotel

Angling in Himachal Pradesh
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Angling is a source of recreation to innumerable naturists belonging to different strata of the society. In Western Countries, fishing as a sport is being increasingly recognized by the medical authorities and more and more people are coming out of indoors to try their skill for this outdoor hobby. Angling became favorite pursuit of the British’s during ninetieth century and it was mainly for this reason that exotic species viz. brown and rainbow trouts were transplanted in Indian rivers and streams. The introduced species of trout not only soon established in Indian waters but also bred and propagated fastly in view of rich oxygenated waters and ideal ecological condition of these rivers. Along with endemic mahseer (Tor putitora) the exotic trout (Salmo trutta fario and Salmo gairdnerii) started offering excellent fishing to the European anglers

ANGLING IN HIMACHAL WATERS

The streams of Himachal Pradesh fall under two categories; General waters and Trout waters, with estimated length of 600 and 2400 kms respectively. The major State’s streams include- Beas, Sutlej, Ravi,Tirthan, Sainj, Uhl, Baspa, Pabar, Lambadug, Giri, Rana, Nugal Gai, Baner, Bata, etc. The major fishes available in these streams are Trout, Mahseer, Nemacheilus spp, Barilus sp, Schizothoracids Crossocheilus sp. Glyptothorax spp. etc. Fishing in these streams is regularsied under the state fisheries Act. In trout water licences only for rod and line are permitted while in general water both rod and line as well as cast netting is all allowed.

TROUT WATERS CLOSE TO TARAGARH PALACE ARE AS FOLLOWS

RIVER LAMBADUG
Stretch : Barot to Lohardi
Stream Length : 6 Kms.

RIVER UHL
Stretch : Barot to Kothikhad
Stream Length : 10 Kms.

RIVER BEAS
Stretch : Seri mulag- Confluence of Binwa to Beas
Stream Length : 5 kms

Stretch : Harsipattan- Confluence of Kunha tributary of Beas
Stream Length : 10 kms

Stretch : Chambapattan
Stream Length : 5 kms

Stretch : Dehra Gopipur
Stream Length : 10 kms

Stretch : Baner
Stream Length : 5 kms

ADVENTURE ANGLING IN HIMACHAL

Himachal Pradesh the abode of gods the land of snows a tourist’s dream and delight, is also an angler’s paradise. It has some of the finest trout streams in the north. Angling rules are liberal and the fee nominal. Angler is permitted to catch six trout a day on each license; however a trout should not be less than 40 cm in size. Trout fishing season lasts from1st November to 28th February each year.

TROUT FISHING CLOSE TO TARAGARH PALACE ARE AS FOLLOWS

Barot (Mandi) 200 km from Shimla and 75 km from the Mandi town is known not only for its picturesque water reservoir and scenic beauty, but for trout fishing also which abounds in the Uhl river, a tributary of river Beas. Some of the finest fishing spots are located at Luhandi, Puran hatchery, Lachkkandi, Tikkar, Balh and Kamand.

MAHSEER FISHING CLOSE TO TARAGARH PALACE ARE AS FOLLOWS
After having savoured the delicacies of the trout, let us now come down to the comparatively less high Kangra valley, situated in the lap of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges, irrigated with streams which descend from perennial snows, and interspersed with homesteads buried in the midst of groves and fruit trees. Kangra has been known as the home of the proverbial mighty mahseer to which effect a fairly large account of evidence is available from the vivid accounts of various anglers interested in heavy fish. The river Beas and the Pong Dam reservoir provide attractive fish grounds to the anglers. Besides mahseer, the other fish available is malhi, soal, bachwa, god shingara etc. Although there are many places and rivers and streams where mahseer is available, the following beats are considered the best.

SARI MAROG

Confluence of the Binwas tributary with the river Beas. A place known for its fantastic size of fish, with deep pools and many stones and hiding places. The approach is via Palampur, Andretta and Jaisinghpur. From Sari Marog village, a 3 km footpath leads to the spot, which entails a steep and a breathtaking climb of about 45 minutes.

THE STRETCH BETWEEN HARSI PATTAN AND NADAUN

There are numerous beats on this stretch, easily accessible from the Palampur-Bhawarana-Thural road. The famous spots are the Mandh-Khad confluence, Lambagaon pool, Neogal confluence near Alampur, and Ambter, 2 km above Nadaun itself.

CHAMBA PATTAN

Accessible from Jwalamukhi via road. After 8.5 km this locality offers three good spots, viz. the Chamba Pattanpool, the Kaleshwar beat opposite Chamba Pattan village, and the Uppar Chamba Pattan Run. All these places offer safe catches and can’t be fished in one day.

KURU

Kuru village offers two fishing spots, both of which are accessible from one of the two river banks. The Kuru- Pool is the confluence of a small Khad with the Beas river, joining about 1 km above the village and forming a small bay, above and below which exceptional catches have been experienced. Access is through a 3 km- footpath from Dehra-Jwalamukhi road where a peepal tree and a small water tank is located at the rode side.

DEHRA-AND PONG DAM RESERVOIR
Pong reservoir from Dehra to the Dam proper offers excellent fishing for mahseer

BILLING TO RAJGUNDHA DAY TREK

This trek, also known as the Shepherds trails trek, is limited to people experienced in travel in rugged backcountry and with good know-how of hiking and camping.

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TREKS
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Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, 11 Kms from Taragarh Palace, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba. Some important treks are over the Sanghar pass to Bharmaur via Holi, the forest trek from Mcleodganj to Trihund and from Baijnath over the Jalsu pass to Bharmaur. Paraglider pilots often land near Palampur after cross-country flights starting from Billing. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.

TREK ROUTES

MCLEODGANJ – TRIUND- ILLAQUA GOTE- MCLEODGANJ
Trek: Moderate
Maximum Height: 3150 Mtrs.
Requirement: Little experience in Trekking
Essential Period: April to November

DHARAMSALA – CHHOTA BHANGAL OVER SARI PASS KULLU
Trek: Moderate
Maximum Height: 3760 Mtrs.
Requirement: Experience in Trekking
Essential Period: May – June, September – October

TREK TO KARERI LAKE (3300 METRES)
Grade: Easy