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Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

– Amelia Earhart

Adventure is like a drug that mingles with your blood and leaves you craving for it with every heartbeat. The adrenaline rush and the perfect state of mind achieved after conquering any adventure sport can’t be put into words for others to understand. One can only comprehend the fun and challenges of adventure when they try it themselves.

Each one of us dreams to soar high in the sky like a bird. This adventure gives a sense of freedom and the feeling to witness the beauty of this planet from the top of the world.

Your dream of flying can actually come true with paragliding!

If you live in India and paragliding has been on your checklist for a very long time, then you must experience the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing and realize your dream.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is an adventure sport in which pilot flies in the sky like a bird. A glider, flying suit, and boots are required to get started. If you are doing it for the first time, then you should opt for tandem paragliding which is particularly designed to carry two people. Your pilot will do all the hard work where you just need to run on takeoff, then sit back and relax to enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the world. The clear weather is a basic requirement to take off the flight. If the weather is cloudy or the climatic conditions are not suitable, then you may not be able to glide properly.

About Bir Billing
About Bir Billing
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Bir lies around 70 kilometers from Dharamshala, which is in Himachal Pradesh. Bir & Billing are twin beauties situated in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. There is a distance of 14 kilometers between these two towns but they are practically inseparable. Bir Billing is known to be the best paragliding site in Asia and second best in the whole world. Surrounded by the tea gardens, beautiful monasteries, and low hills, Bir Billing offers the most picturesque and serene views. It enjoys awesome weather throughout the year. The best month for paragliding in Bir Billing are October & November in the autumn and from the month of March to May in spring.

Why You Should Go For Paragliding in Bir Billing?
Paragliding in Bir Billing
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  • Ideal Cloud Base– Bir Billing has a higher cloud base, which is a must for paragliding. With 4000-6000 meters of cloud base, it is easier to climb higher while flying in the sky.
  • Suitable Air Current– Blessed with the best climatic conditions, Bir Billing has suitable air currents where flyer can fly up to 5000 mt. One can enjoy 15-20 minutes of tandem flight in the favorable weather conditions and enjoy the strikingly beautiful view.
  • Breathtaking Views from Take-off & Landing Sites– The take-off site has smooth and favorable winds which are extremely important for a perfect take-off. It is located at 1430 mt from sea level. One gets to witness the stunning views and greenery from the Billing take-off site. From Bir, one can see the most beautiful sunsets ever, so paragliding during sunset time will be dreamlike. And the view of snow-capped mountains from the top will be worth all the adventure and risk-taking.

Paragliding gives you wings. And if you’ve got wings, you gotta fly high!

The take-off may get on your nerves for a bit. But those 30 minutes of soaring high in the sky above the mountains and colorful Tibetan monasteries will make you forget the initial struggle within seconds.

Even if you are terrified of heights, you must definitely try paragliding once to have the most exhilarating feeling ever!

While planning a trip outside India, one of the major concern is Visa! Getting a visa seems so tough, and visiting the Visa office seems so crazy. What if I told you that you do not need Visa to visit countries outside India? Well, that would be insane! Or not so much? Well, there are a few countries where Indians do not need a Visa to visit. Here is a list of a few of them:

Bhutan
Bhutan
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Bhutan is our neighboring country and, yet we know so little about the place. Now is the time! And why browse over the internet or read about Bhutan when you can see everything through your eyes. You can easily get a travel permit for Bhutan and travel the country for 14 days. You do not need a Visa to visit this amazing country. It is time to experience the beauty of Bhutan, Try Archery and the spicy & delicious food!

Fiji
Fiji
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A collection of beautiful islands in South Pacific, Fiji is a must visit. It is called as one of the happiest countries in the world.  Fiji is breathtakingly beautiful with all the colors & friendly people. All you need is a passport whose validity does not expire for at least 6 months and, you can travel in Fiji for 90 Days! So, if you’re looking to relax and just live without stress, Fiji is the much-needed break you need!

Serbia
Serbia
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A beautiful country located in central & southeast of Europe. It is famous for beautiful churches, monasteries, rich history, & delicious food! From new traditions to an amazing learning experience, Serbia has so much to offer to its tourist! You can visit Serbia without a visa for 30 days in 1 Year!

Jamaica
Jamaica
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A Caribbean Island & Bob Marley’s birth country is what defines Jamaica. It is a beautiful place filled with natural splendor. You can entertain yourself with the reggae music & an amazing game by the Jamaican Bobsled Team, have the famous blue mountain coffee and visit the beautiful beaches and coral reefs. This beautiful country of smiling faces offers 6 months of stay without a visa!

Cook Island
Cook Island
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A small Island country, it is a paradise for adventure lovers.

You can enjoy the amazing food, go whale watching, go diving, hike or just relax around the beaches. You do not require Visa for 31 days!

Tunisia
Tunisia
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An adventurous country situated in North Africa. If you love trying out new things, you must visit this place. You can try taking a ride on the hot air balloon, camel rides, diving, reserve a seat in the famous red lizard train or explore Matmata’s caves. In case, if you want to experience something really adventurous, you could go windsurfing. This country filled with adventures offers you stay for 90 days!

Macau
Macau
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An autonomous region of the South Coast of China, Macau is also known as the gambling capital of the world. You can stay in Macau without a visa for almost 30 days and enjoy visiting the casinos. Apart from trying your luck, beautifully paved Chinese Temples, and enjoy the Cantonese food.

El Salvador
El Salvador
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A small nation in Central America is a beautiful land of volcanos. You can stay there visa-free for 90 days while enjoying Volcano climbing (the country has 26 volcanos!), explore the ancient Mayan site, and visit a coffee plantation. This small country has a lot to explore!

Indonesia
Indonesia
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It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can stay in Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. And while you’re in Indonesia, you can visit the amazing local markets, visit ancient temples, explore the might forests, and enjoy the nightlife in Bali! There is so much to do in Indonesia.

You can not use Visa as an excuse for not going to vacays! Visiting places outside India isn’t that difficult after all, right? So, go pack your bags and travel around the world!

India is a vast landmass and it is often called the “land of diversity”. This huge piece of land located between the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and The Bay of Bengal is also the 7th largest country of the world in terms of area. The diversity is noted in all departments from culture to food, or language to religion. There are hills and mountains in the North, coastal regions in the South, desert in the West, and a mix of both mountain and sea in the East of India. So, basically, if any fellow Indian or an outsider is planning to travel to India, then he/she is going to have a memorable time. Apart from the 29 states, India also has 7 Union Territories that are unique in their own way. Boasting some of the impeccable locations, architectures, and greenery, these Union Territories are the pride of the nation.

Have a look at some of the major attractions of the Union Territories of India.

Andaman & Nicobar Island

For a moment, you may feel like, you are in some foreign land, playing with the blue or green water and getting suntanned lying on the pristine white sand. The enthralling marine life and heart-warming greenery make Andaman & Nicobar Island a unique place to spend your holidays. As the island lies quite far from mainland India, thus, it has retained its beauty till now. This place is loved by tourists but often less traveled.

Andaman & Nicobar Island
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Attractions of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  1. Radhanagar Beach- often said to be the most beautiful beach in Asia.
  2. The largest sea turtles are also found here. 3 species of marine turtles – Hawksbill, Green turtle and the Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea- world’s largest sea turtle) are found here.
  3. North Sentinel Island here is the home to one of the most isolated Paleolithic tribes of the world
  4. The famous Cellular Jail was established in the British era to seclude the prisoners from the outer world. The prisoners were given harsh treatment which is shown in the light and sound show in the evening.
  5. Baratang is the place of Mud Volcanoes while Barren Island is the only active volcano in India and they belong to Andamans.
Lakshadweep Islands

This is a conglomerate of 39 islands in the Arabian Sea. The amazing beaches, dense forests, and palm-lined coastline offer just the perfect kind of view to this place. Aquamarine life and water sports activities are also rampant here.

Lakshadweep Islands
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Attractions of Lakshadweep Islands
  1. People love the scuba diving in Kalpeni Island of this place that has 100 species of coral and more than 2,000 species of fishes.
  2. There is a lighthouse in Minicoy Islands which is crescent-shaped and 300 feet tall.
  3. The water is crystal clear and turquoise in color. The close competition is the Maldives. Canoeing is one of the most favorite activities here. You may see turtles, corals, and fishes.
  4. The endless blue lagoons across Kadamat Island is a major attraction for the photographers.
New Delhi

The national capital actually needs to introduction. With a history of centuries running in its nerves, New Delhi is a place where you would experience an old world charm along with all the modern signs of advancement. From the Sultans to Mughals, to the Britishers – history of many struggles is written on the walls of Delhi.

New Delhi
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Attractions of New Delhi
  1. The beautiful architecture of the Mughal period evident through the majestic Jama Masjid and the Red Fort are one of the most visited places in India. When you hear the Azaan from the Jama Masjid, the rays of positivity enter your system.
  2. The Lotus Temple or the Bahai’s temple is another milestone in the history of architecture. White concrete and marble are used to build this extraordinary piece of art which has nine sides. These 9 sides have a pool of water and it seems like a blooming lotus amidst the pool. But the most notable feature is that- people of any religion or belief can come, sit, and meditate here for long hours!
  3. In the memory of the 90,000 soldiers who died in the 1st World War, Pt. Nehru build India Gate in Delhi and it resembles the Arc de Triomphe of Paris.
  4. Akshardham temple – the largest Hindu temple in the world, Humayun Tomb, Gandhi Smriti, The Jantar Mantar, etc. are some of the other notable attractions of New Delhi.
Chandigarh

Apart from being one of the Union Territories, Chandigarh is also the capital of two states – Punjab & Haryana. It is also a planned city whose architecture and urban designs are examples for the rest of the country. This city draws its name from the temple of Goddess Chandi.

Chandigarh
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Attractions of Chandigarh
  1. Open Hand Monument in the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh is the major attraction of this city. This metal structure was designed by architect Le Corbusier.
  2. Being the nest to many migratory birds, Sukhna Lake is very famous.
  3. Rock Garden – everything in this famous garden is built from household and industrial wastes.
  4. Pinjore Gardens built at the foothills of the Himalayas was built by the Mughals.
Daman and Diu

Daman & Diu is a tiny land that is famous for its awesome beaches and a culture that is half Indian and half Portuguese. Portuguese people have ruled over Daman & Diu for more than 450 years and that’s why the culture has a foreign feel to it. Daman and Diu lie in West India and consists of 2 separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. The Daman Ganga River flows through the coastal town of Daman.

Daman and Diu
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Attractions of Daman and Diu
  1. Fort Jerome is very famous and it was built to overlook the activities on the sea. The prime attraction of this fort is the Church of Our Lady of the sea which is a great example of Portuguese architecture. Now, a part of the church is a school.
  2. Zampa Gateway is the next attraction that marks the entry to Diu island. The carvings on the walls of the Gateway is remarkable.
  3. Jampore Beach, Nagoa Beach, and Devka Beach are the most famous beaches here which you should not miss at all.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra lies a few kilometers to the North of Gujarat while Nagar Haveli lies in between Gujarat & Maharashtra. Till late 18th century or to be precise till 1780, the Marathas ruled this region but the Portuguese came and captured this land. They continued to rule here for 150 years. So, you would definitely find the imprints of Portuguese culture in the air of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
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Attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  1. Dudhni Lake is very famous for the romantic boat rides especially in the evening where it is pleasing to see the sunset.
  2. Covering 20 hectares of land lies the Vasona Lion Safari which simply cannot be missed.
  3. Nakshatra Garden is quite an unusual garden because you would get to see the greenery and flowers representing zodiac signs. It also has an Ayurvedic park.
Puducherry

Once the French people lived here and their legacy continues to remain here. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry or Puducherry proudly flaunts the beautiful French architecture. The culture, food, and lifestyle are really un-Indian in many ways and you would feel that when you go there.

Puducherry
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Attractions of Puducherry
  1. If you want peace and serenity or have a spiritual way of thinking then Shri Aurobindo Ashram is a must visit for you. People from across the world come here to find their peace.
  2. Auroville is the most progressive town in the world. Why? Because it is an experimental community in South India where people from all over the world are welcome without any gender or religion bias. The focus is human unity and it was founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968.
  3. Gingee Fort, Paradise Beach, Promenade Beach and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are some other mind-blowing places here.

We all work hard and earn money for a better standard of living and to fulfill our basic necessities. At the month-end, we sit down and calculate the profit we have made and then lay out a plan where to invest or how to utilize the money. Everyone may not jot these things down in an excel sheet but in the hindsight of mind, this calculation is always playing. There is a certain rent to pay, electricity bills and telephone bills to be cleared, savings for the future, expenditure on sudden illness, spending on certain gifts for certain occasions, etc. This is a mundane life! Sometimes, you must be feeling lazy or uninterested in everything that is going around you. That’s the time my friend to take a break, go somewhere, and feel that there is still life left in this life.

Thinking about tomorrow or in the way of saving too much for your future, you cannot and should not spoil your present time. Traveling is the solution whenever boredom strikes in your system. If you think that traveling is a lavish expenditure, then you are wrong. There are many places in India which seems like a paradise and you can be there on a shoestring budget.

Read below and know these travel destinations without feeling any hole in your pocket.

Kasol
Kasol
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Kasol is a small hamlet in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is truly a heavenly abode! If you have been there once, you would never feel like returning. You would find the hotels at rock bottom prices. Opting for the Himachal Roadways bus services would save more money. From sight-seeing to food and accommodation – this is one of the cheapest gateways in India. Additionally, you have peace and tranquility in the air to revitalize your upset soul. Sit near the Parvati River or go for trekking and gather yourself.

Ajanta
Ajanta
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This spectacular rock-cut monument stands with élan in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. With a meager amount of only 500 bucks, you can hire a guide and explore the enchanting beauty. The rock cut of these caves provides insight into the artistic and engineering brilliance of ancient people. You can sit in a corner and read a book or if you are an artist you can spend time sketching these beautiful excavations.

Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal
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Kodaikanal is a fascinating city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu and the name in the Tamil language means “The Gift of the Forest”. It is a widely popular Indian travel destination. The famous Kodaikanal Lake is a visual treat. Silver cascade, Guna Cave, Coaker’s Walk, Poombarai Village, and Pine Forest are other notable places of interest here. What is staggering here is you can get juicy and tasty fried chicken at Rs. 20 only and get an accommodation at Rs. 200 only. Are you then packing your bags now?

Goa
Goa
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Do you really need an explanation on why you need to visit this place? This is a Mecca for all the hardcore party animals. Life seems like a beautiful celebration here. Enjoy the cool breeze and get swayed by the sea waves. The best thing about Goa is that it wonderfully strikes a balance between cheap and extravagant stay. You would find the cheap shacks along most of the major beaches and there cannot be any other cool place in Goa to stay. While in Goa, simply believe that beer is the substitute for water because beer is really cheap here! So, get set ready and fill your travel diary!

Ooty
Ooty
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Located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, this place is a popular tourist destination. The weather remains wonderful all-round the year. The gardens, parks, dams, lakes, tribal huts, and museums would offer you a memorable stay here. Apart from food and accommodation, chocolate is another cheap thing here. You would find all kind of cocoa butter that is made locally. So, while returning home, don’t forget to stuff your bags with lots of chocolates as a gift for your loved ones!

Jaipur
Jaipur
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Famously known as the “Pink City”, this place is the capital of Rajasthan and offers a smart choice for a weekend gateway. There are numerous forts and the architecture would take you back in the history. For the lovers of history like me, this is a place where I would love to return again and again. The valiant past still speaks and breathes from the walls and designs of the monuments. Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal, etc. are the places of interest. And you can also get some shopping done!

Darjeeling
Darjeeling
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The finest quality of Darjeeling Tea is still consumed at the Buckingham Palace. This place Darjeeling in West Bengal is the seat of that world famous leaf tea. The best part is that you would find the world famous tea at a cheap price. Enjoy your stay at this quaint hill station gazing into the mountains and sipping tea. The hotel rates are really cheap and thus get your bookings done because you should not die without watching the heavenly sunrise from the Tiger Hills! When the first ray of the Sun gazes at the Kanchenjunga and the peaks blush in golden aura – you would feel how beauty and love reside in the simplest of things in life.

So, are you tempted to leave your normal life for a while and enjoy the breath-taking India?

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