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What You Should Know More About Bir - Billing

  • Travel Advice

    • 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.

  • What you will like there?

    Sightseeing and activities
    Bir-Billing is a global destination for paragliding. Available are many outdoor activities that can be done in the places nearby Bir-Billing, such as, Dharamshala, Kullu, Mandi, and Manali. This is a Hilltop village with serene atmosphere, clear water, and pristine beauty. You can take nature walks and cycling tours across these connected villages.

    Shopping for handicrafts
    You can go shopping at the bazaars in the Tibetan Colony. You will find handicrafts, ritual items of Buddhism, jewelry, and clothes. You can also shop at the Bir road for colorful items. 

    Meditation, yoga, and spiritual studies
    Those who are fond of spiritual and philosophical studies must visit Bir-Billing institutes and take short term or long term courses. This is a popular place for gaining the treasure of spiritual studies, arts, culture, healing arts, meditation, and yoga.

    Tea gardens, spas, and wellness 
    You can take a long stroll at the tea gardens in Chowgan during day time, and spend evening at the spas and yoga retreats at AryaMarga. Learning yoga amidst Himalayas is the best spiritual experience you can gain.

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  • When is the best time to visit Bir Billing?

    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:

    Summer

    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.

    Monsoon

    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.

    Winter

    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.

  • How to reach Bir Billing?

    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:

    Train

    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.

    Bus

    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.

    Car

    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.

  • What are the different things to do in Bir Billing?

    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.

    Paragliding

    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:

    • You join a paragliding training course in Bir-Billing and get a certificate to fly on your own.
    • You hire a pilot who will control the glider while you can sit back and enjoy the view and the thrill.

    Paragliding will cost you about Rs. 2000-4000, depending on how much time you want to spend flying.

    Trek

    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.

    Relax

    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.

  • Which are the best sightseeing attractions in Bir Billing?

    Bir-Billing is a great tourist attraction all by itself. 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.

    • Deer Park Institute- a monastery where you can relax, practice meditation, and enjoy some great vegetable food. Visit it in evening to enhance your experience.
    • Arya Marga Yoga Institute- if you are visiting Bir-Billing for a longer period of time then this yoga institute is the place to visit. You can learn here to meditate. It will change your life.
    • Bir Tea Factory- a visit to this place is a must if you are interested in knowing how the entire tea-business works. You will get a tour of the tea factory and have the chance to taste some good tea.
    • Tibetan Colony- this place is famous for authentic Tibetan food and handicrafts.
    • Bir Road Market- a very colorful market area where you can buy clothing and mementos.

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Bir Billing?

    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.

    • Garden View Hotel- this hotel is right beside the paragliding landing site. It will also offer you a great view from its rooftop.

     

    • Zostel- a very cozy place with good services. It offers you everything you need to relax and have a good time.

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Bir Billing?

    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.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Bir Billing?

    Bir Billing is a good place to shop for souvenirs and decorations. You can try these markets out:

    • Bir Bazaar
    • Kotli
    • Tibetan Colony
    • Bir Road
    • Baijnath

  • Which are the famous pilgrimage spots in Bir Billing?

    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.

  • Which are the famous destinations for paragliding and trekking in Bir Billing?

    Billing is the launching area for paragliding. From there you can glide up to Bir, where the flight ends.

    There are main two trekking options in Bir Billing:

    • Tatta Pani Trek- a 2.5 km trek from the hydro-electricity power station to the hot spring.
    • Hanumangarh Trek- this is a longer trek and offers the view of the mountain. Starts from Billing and walk up to Hanumangarh.

Traveller Tales from Bir - Billing

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Sandeep

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 comes the most exciting part of this trip, TREASURE HUNT- It was one of the best group activities i've ever done. I was super Excited for this one and it was worth it. P.S. I won a Selfie Stick and a Power Bank. ;) The location of the campsite was really good, i woke up, unzipped my tent and saw the sun rising from behind the mountain which was right in front of my eyes and I captured that moment in my heart for lifetime.

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