Bir Billing is popularly known as “Paraglider’s’ Paradise”, which is a small town located in Himachal Pradesh. As the name suggests it is popular for its adventure sports like paragliding. It is one of the best paragliding spots in the world. The take-off site is Billing and the landing site is Bir. There is an influence of Tibetan culture due to Tibetan community settlement in this town. The town of Bir is also an important center of spiritual studies and meditation. Taking a short hike and visiting several monasteries to meditate is the right way to find mental peace. Bir-Billing has a lot to offer to its visitors. Here is a list of places and activities to do while in Bir-Billing.
Places and activities of Bir-Billing
Barot is a small but stunningly beautiful village located at a distance of 50km from Bir. The scenic landscapes are captivating, and the clear air causes some of the best views that draw travelers from across the world for sightseeing. The location is famous for its numerous trekking trails passing through the village and hence is a preferred trekking destination too. Walking through the woods here is a delight for anyone visiting here. This small-sized village indeed supplies some of the best picturesque scenes to the travelers.
Situated at a distance of 15 km from Bir, Baijnath Temple is one of the most popular temples in Himachal Pradesh. Lord Shiva is the ‘God of Healing’. It is believed that the great lord rids his devotees of all miseries and pain. The water of this temple is believed to be of medicinal value and has the potential to cure several illnesses and diseases. This is one of the most popular temples and was build in the year 1204. This temple holds one of the totals 12 Jyotirlingas spread across the nation. This ancient rustic temple stands gloriously with the background of the mountain ranges making it a beautiful and peaceful location to visit.
Bir-Billing is one of the top three paragliding sites in the world. Bir-Billing is also the Paragliding capital of India, Bir attracts adventure-seekers from throughout the country and the world. The starting point of the paragliding is in Billing which is present at an altitude of 2400m. Bir-Billing also holds paragliding pre-world cup during the month of October.
Hang gliding is a popular aero sport and it is one of the main attractions of the town of Bir. As this activity requires training for participation. Curious people can take a training program in the Aero Sports Complex of Bir, run by the HTDC. Bir-Billing has hosted five national and three international hand gliding events and is also one of the most beautiful sites for this sport.
Gunehar Waterfalls is the key attraction of the Gunehar village which is located just 1.5 km from the town of Bir. This 100ft. high gorgeous waterfall can be reached through a short trek from the village. Trekking and mountain biking on the trails around this waterfall is a pure delight for the tourists. This picturesque location attracts a lot of tourists especially photography and nature lovers.
Explore the Cafes of Bir
Bir is a heaven for food lovers. This place will savor your taste buds to the fullest. Something for everyone, the cafes in this place will certainly lure your inner foodie. Make sure you try the local dishes and get a whiff of the authentic flavors of this place. Café and restraint Garden Cafe, Nyingma Kitchen Restaurant, Aura’s Cafe, Tricky food corner, and Glider’s Vairagi Café are some of the most popular eating spots in the area.
Chokling Monastery is one of the main attractions of Bir. It houses a grand and stupa as well as a statue of Padmasambhava. This monastery is located in the Bir Tibetan colony. It was established in the 1960s, after the exile of Tibetans. Visitors can sit through the prayers. On rare occasions, the lamas perform ritual dances which are worth watching, it provides more knowledge about Tibetan culture.
Established in the early 1960s it is a Tibetan refugee settlement. This colony is present on the outskirts of the town of Bir. The colony was established after the exile of the Dalai Lama and other refugees from the land of Tibet. It is a major spot of tourist attraction in Bir as it is a place that has many monasteries. It also has a handicraft center which has a varied range of handmade products by the locals of the place. You can buy various products from there and carry it back as a souvenir for your friends and relatives.
Located just 3km from Bir, the Dharmalaya Institute is an eco-campus where one can volunteer for a number of environmental programs such as organic farming, sustainable village development, green building, etc. The institute prides itself on its compassionate code of conduct that strictly needs to be followed by guests and visitors. This institute requires prior appointments for tourist visits.
Palpung Sherabling Monastery
The Palpung Sherabling Monastery is a religious center that offers Buddhist studies and other forms of living art and culture along with Periodic courses in Buddhist meditation and philosophy. The monastery complex has a school, college, and university to learn about the past, present, and future of Buddha. More than 1200 monks are in the institute. The complex is located in the middle of the forest, surrounded by pine trees. This makes this place a perfect spot for getting a peaceful experience.