Located in the heart of Himalaya’s near the famous tourist destination, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, Bir billing is the best place to experience paragliding. “First Paragliding World Cup of India’ was hosted in Bir billing. Bir Billing is a place which provides the option of Paragliding, Trekking to Himachali tribal villages, Mountain Biking, Angling and Camping. Best Season for Paragliding at Bir Billing is October to Mid July.
How to Reach Bir Billing ?
Bir Billing is located 70 km. from Dharamshala. Billing is situated north of Bir at the distance of 14 km. on the way to the Thamsar Pass trek, which is leading to Bada Bhangal, tribal region of Himachal Pradesh. While Billing is the takeoff site for paragliding and Bir for landing; collectively it is known “Bir Billing”. Bir Chowk is located midway of Baijnath and Joginder Nagar on NH 20 and is a little over 500 km from Delhi.
If you are travelling through air, you have to reach to closest airport which is in Dharamshala which
is 70 km away from Bir. From airport take taxi to Bir.
Pathankot is the nearest place toBir Billing. Nearest railway station is ahju or kiratpur sahib station. From there you can take bus or cab. A direct train to pathankot is also an option available,from there you can take toy train that will drop you at mandi,from mandi local buses are available. One can reach upto ahju station by train and come toBir by shared cab or bus.
One has options ranging from the personal car, buses run by HPTMC to luxury Volvo buses. The air
conditioned Volvo buses are the most popular mode of public transport amongst the metropolitan travellers to reach to Bir.All types of Volvo AC Buses to Mandi are available and from there local buses to Bir Billing are available. Long drive lovers can opt for personal car which will take around 15 hours.
Top Places to Visit in Bir Billing
Sherab ling monastery: It is one of the holy temples in Bir Billing. It is surrounded by beautiful forests and discovering a long – spanning philosophy.
Bir tea factory: Bir tea factory is located near Bir Bazaar where you can expericne beautiful tea
gardens and plantations brimming around the region.
Chokling monestary: Located in the Bir Tibetan Colony, chokling monastery consists of a huge statue of Padmasambhava which is worth a visit.
Deer park institute: Deer park institute is located in the Kangra district of Bir which provide
meditation retreats for those who are interested.
Barot :A beautiful hilly village famous for trout fishing and angling about 50 km from Bir Chowk.
Kangra Fort:Situated at Kangra, about 60 km from Bir Chowk. You can visit this fort while going to or coming from Bir.
Tibetan colony: To enjoy friendly culture of Bir the Tibetan Colony is a place. As a whole it shows a
number houses ,temples and local restaurants that you can visit and enjoy.
Apart from all this you can go for – Camping,Biking, Trekking, Mountain Biking etc.
Where to Stay & Eat?
Its a small village in Himachal Pradesh known for its paragliding and its natural beauty. It is a Place from where you can experience best paragliding and this is world’s second highest peak for paragliding. The place is surrounded by mountain and the travel to top of the mountain via paragliding is awesome. You are available with many options like Garden View Hotel ,RS Sarovar Portico,Palampur, Nature Bloom Hotel & Resort,The Citadel Resorts, Jiya, White Ridge Hotel, Kullu Valley Hotel, Hotel Aroma Classic, Shobla International, Sterling Dharamshala, The Divine Hima, The Pavilion By HPCA, Apple Valley Resort, Hotel The Destination, The Exotica Dharamshala, where a couple room with breakfast, lunch and dinner facility will cost around 2500-18000.