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What You Should Know More About Bir - Billing
You can travel to Bir by bus, train, taxi, or flight. You can take a flight to the Dharamshala’s Gaggal airport, and take a bus or taxi from there to reach Bir.
You can take walking tours within Bir to get anywhere. You can hire a taxi or take a bus if you are going up or down the hill, and commuting longer distances.
You need not buy bottle water in Bir. The water in Bir is considered to be clean and safer than bottled water; so get it filtered or boiled before drinking.
You can get an accommodation at the homestays, guesthouses, hotels, or resorts in the nearby villages like Chowgan and Upper Bir.
Most of the resort stay is budgeted and you will find basic amenities in most of the resorts and guesthouses.
If you are extending your stay, you will also find cottages that are available for long term rentals at Ghornala.
Avoid non-veg food in any of the places in Bir as they do not meet hygiene standards for cooking meat. You can make your own food when living in a guesthouse by buying veggies and other items in the Tibetan colony, and other nearby villages.
Many food joints for snacks, cafes, and restaurants are available throughout Bir.
There are many institutes spread across Bir that teach meditation and yoga.
Bir-Billing is a hill station and because of this the temperature stays cold throughout the year. The monsoons seasons are best to be avoided to visit Bir-Billing. Because of light to heavy rainfall, there is always a chance of landslide. Here is a season wise weather breakdown:
March to June is the perfect period to visit Bir-Billing. The temperature stays between 11 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius. The weather remains perfect for paragliding, which is why the highest number of visitors ends up in Bir-Billing during summer.
July to September is when the crowd is least in Bir-Billing, and that’s for a good reason. The cloudy weather and rain make it impossible to paraglide.
November to the end of January is not a good time to visit Bir-Billing. The temperature drops below 0 degree Celsius. The snow can cause roadblocks too.
There are a few ways to reach Bir-Billing, but they are all via Delhi. Hence, wherever you are coming from, your first destination has to be Delhi. Once there, you have the following options:
You need to book a seat on any train from Delhi to Pathankot, which takes about 15 hours. From there, you can ride on a narrow gauge Toy Train, which will take you to Baijnath. You can take a bus or a hired car to Bir-Billing from there. The toy train journey is very beautiful because of the view.
There are frequent buses from Delhi to Mandi. You can either take a luxury bus or a general bus from Kashmere Gate. It is fairly easy to find a bus from Mandi to Palampur. The Bir Chowk bus stop comes before Palampur.
Hiring a car to Bir-Billing is a good option for you too. The best route is the Delhi- Ambala- Rupnagar- AnandPur Sahib- Una- Amb- Kangra- Palampur- Baijnath- Bir Chowk way. This is a beautiful route and less congested.
As Bir-Billing is the best place to paraglide in India, it’s of course is the main thing to do when you are visiting Bir-Billing. Other than that, there are multiple outdoor activities you can take part in and feel the thrill.
If you aren’t paragliding then you probably shouldn’t even consider making a trip to Bir-Billing. Paragliding to Bir-Billing is what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. So, make sure you don’t miss your chance to fly over the green valleys. There are two ways to do it:
Paragliding will cost you about Rs. 2000-4000, depending on how much time you want to spend flying.
Bir-Billing is a trekking paradise. There are mountains, forest, and tea gardens to lead you to the most beautiful of sights. There are more than one trekking routes in Bir-Billing and all of them are charming in their own way.
Yes, that’s an option and a great one. Pick a spot on the mountain and just sit there for hours. Bring some food and water with you, relax, and soak in all the beauty.
There are many sightseeing attractions in Bir-Billing. With the great blue sky and a view of the green mountain, Bir-Billing is a comfort for your eyes and your soul. In addition to that, there are a few places that you should visit during your stay there.
Bir Billing has a variety of accommodation options for you. The rates are little on the higher side during the peak seasons. This is completely understandable as Bir Billing doesn’t get many tourists during monsoons and end-winters.
Bir Billing mostly has mountain ways that lead to the most prominent tourist attractions. If you are a trekker then rely on your walking skills. You can also hire a mountain bike and ride it around.
Bir Billing is a good place to shop for souvenirs and decorations. You can try these markets out:
Bir Billing has a great number of Tibetans living in there. You can clearly notice the influence in Bir Billing’s culture and religion. There are beautiful monasteries and stupas in the area which you should visit. There are local temples too.
Billing is the launching area for paragliding. From there you can glide up to Bir, where the flight ends.
The two main trekking trails in Bir-Billing are:
Traveller Tales from Bir - Billing
27 October 2016
I recently did the same trip and i am more than happy to share my experience with Thrillophilia. Everything was managed professionally Be it the trekking part, the paragliding, the Transfers. Now com...
28 December 2017
Nice Camp. Started just few months ago. People at camp are really helpful and polite. Karam, you are a rockstar. Keep the same pace buddy. This is really required in making this new camp as extraordina...
11 January 2018
"Had a wonderful time at Shivirama Camp. Maintenance and food at the camp was great. But disappointed by Thrillophilia agent as they did not properly pass on the info to the tour operator at Bir. Still...
27 December 2017
"\nEverything from location to activities was fantastic.\nA little improvement in management is required. But overall it was an amazing experience & had a lot of fun. A must visit place. \n"
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