Bir Billing is the paragliding capital of the world and invites adventure seekers from across the globe. There is also a sizeable community of Tibetan refugees there, along with several Tibetan monasteries that one can visit.
Bir is a village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.
Bir is a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies, and meditation.
Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.
How to Reach Bir Billing:-
1. How to reach Bir Billing by flight-
There is no direct flight connectivity for the city of Bir. Kangra Airport, which is 67.6 km. away from the destination, is the nearest airport that connects Bir to the rest of the world. Other airports close to Bir are in Chandigarh (290 km), Amritsar airport (260 km) and New Delhi (520 km).
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Airport (IXC) - 152 kms from Bir Billing
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Tentative return flight prices to Chandigarh Airport (IXC) from major cities in India.
Starting city Return price (approx)
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2. How to reach Bir Billing by road
Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Bir. They operate on a daily basis, whether day or night, from places like Shimla, Dharamshala, etc. You can also take shared taxis or cabs for the same route.
3. How to reach Bir Billing by train
There is no direct rail connectivity to Bir. The nearest broad gauge station is in Pathankot, which is 112.4 km. away from Bir, while the nearest narrow gauge station is in Ahju, barely 3 km. from Bir. A toy train runs from Pathankot to Ahju.
4. Local transport in Bir Billing
You can take buses or taxis to get around Bir.
Best Places to Visit in Bir Billing
01 Bir Landing Site
Landing Site in Bir is also known as Sunset Point as it offers soul-stirring views of the sunset. Every evening, the local mob and tourists flock to this place to enjoy the beautiful sunset. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants making the Landing Site, one of the most enthralling places to see in Bir Billing.
As the name suggests, Landing Site is used by the paraglider pilots as the official site for landing.
02 Chokling Monastery
Located in the middle of the Tibetan Colony, Chokling Monastery is one of the most popular Tibetan monasteries in Bir. This magnificent monastery is painted in white and is adorned with other bright colours; making it look stunning. It has a statue of Padmasambhava and a stuff.The monastery offers unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains and as the monastery is situated just 1 km away from Bir Landing Site, one can also enjoy the beautiful sight of paragliders gliding through the skies.
The lush lawns in front of the meditation center, the peaceful atmosphere, and the colorful flags fluttering in the air make this one of the most cherishable Places to visit in Bir Billing.
Location: Bir Billing Rd, Bir Colony, Chaugan, Himachal Pradesh 176077
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
03 Dharmalaya Institute
Dharmalaya Institute is an eco-campus that stresses on the importance of compassionate and green living. One can register or volunteer to work with the institute. It holds many classes, workshops, courses, internships, and many others on topics like green building, organic farming,sustainable village development, etc.
04 Sherab Ling Monastery
The main prayer hall of the monastery has a stunning two-storey golden Maitreya statue. Built across a sprawling 3 acres of land, the Sherabling monastery is situated within the Bhatu forest in the foothills of the Himalayan ranges. The path leading to the monastery is full of pine trees on either side and the colorful prayer flags welcome everyone all through the way.
The monastery is pretty huge and its complex includes beautiful Buddhist temples, gompas, and stupas.
05 Bir Tea Factory
Bir has a pleasant climate that is ideal for growing tea, so tea gardens and tea plantations are found in plenty around here. Naturally, there are tea factories here and The Bir Co-operative Tea Factory Ltd near the Bir Bazaar is the biggest and most popular one.
One can find lots of women working here. The factory also allows tourists to enjoy an educational trip inside their premises and gives them an insight into the tea making process.
06 Deer Park Institute
The Deer Park Institute is one of the most reputed centres for the study of classical Indian wisdom. The institute hosts several programmes on meditation, philosophy, art, culture, yoga, healing arts, Buddhism and many more.
The duration of these programmes is diverse from day-long classes to month-long ones.
07 Baijnath Temple
One of the most ancient Shiva temples in Himachal Pradesh, Baijnath temple in Bhajinath township dates back to the prehistoric era of the 13th century. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Bajinath or Vaidyanath (the Lord of the Physicians) at this temple and it is one of the must-visit tourist places in Bir.
08 Gunehar River Pool
Gunehar is a whimsical little village located beside the spectacular Gunehar River in the hills of the Kangra Valley. At a distance of just about 1.5 km from Bir, Gunehar River is one of the hidden attractions in Bir that one cannot easily find on Google Maps.
The mountains surrounding the river, the calm flowing waters of the river and the untamed wilderness of this countryside village form the scenic backgrounds for picture-perfect photography.
09 Bangoru Waterfall
Located at a distance of just 4.5 km from the Tibetan Colony, Bangoru Waterfalls is one of the many small waterfalls in and around Bir. The Bangoru Waterfall looks calm and serene with milky white waters gushing through the rocks.
The waterfall is usually devoid of the tourist crowd and the route to the waterfall from Gunehar Village or Billing junction in Bir can be found with Google Maps.
10 Bir Bazar
Bir Bazar or Bir Road is a small and humble shopping lane in Bir that has lines of shops selling basic stuff like apparel. There are also a few eateries along the lane selling authentic local food. Apart from these, one can find several shops that rent out bikes to tourists for their biking trips in and around Bir. If you are looking for shopping, Bir Bazar is one of the best places to visit in Bir Billing.
Best time to visit Bir Billing
Paragliding continues in Bir Billing throughout the year except for the months of monsoon. Monsoon season starts in Bir from early July goes up to late September. This season comes here with hefty rain from July to September, which is why sometimes paragliding is officially closed in Bir Billing for this season.
Otherwise, Bir-Billing is located in a perfect place in the foothills of Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain ranges, which provide incredible weather conditions throughout the year.
I would divide the best time for paragliding into two parts.
October to November and March to June, these two are the best time for longer flights.
Paragliding experience during December, January is different as all the mountains around covered with snow, you will even find snow at Billing (the take-off point) during that period.
Best Resturants in Bir Billing
1. Cafe ilaka
3. Musafir, A Travellers' Cafe
4. The 4 Tables Cafe & Gallery
5. Paloma Bistro
6. Garden Cafe
7. Ara Cafe - Bir
8. AVVA's Cafe - Flavours of Southern India
Best Hotels in Bir Billing
1. Bir High
2. Hippie in Valley
3. Bir Kastle
4. Pink Park Hotel
5. Darshnik Home Stay
6. Billing Vista Guest House Bir
7. Fearless Cloud
8. Flyers Paradise
9. Bir Hotel
10. Hotel Paul's Manor
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