The Off: About Best Himalayan Adventures (TO ABHA) Magazine
Volume 1, Issue 1 | October 2015

Adventures in Bir and Billing

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TO ABHA Magazine | Volume 1, Issue 1 | October 2015
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On the Front Cover

The front cover consists of five images (Top to Bottom):
(1) October 2012. Bir Village in Kangra.
Midsection (L-R):
(2) October 2012. Front cover of Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities.
(3) October 2012. Back cover of Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities.
(4) October 2012. Paragliders are getting ready for taking off in Billing, Himachal Pradesh, India.

On the Back Cover

A graphic representation of mountain terrain

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See and Do

Bir by Air: Update

Bir By Air

Getting around Bir, Billing, and Neighboring Villages

How To Reach

4 Options for Getting Around in Bir

Paragliding in Billing, Indian Himalayas

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Bird-watching in the sky Paragliding in Bir and Billing gives an exciting option for bird watchers to spot and fly with Himalayan Golden Eagles, Griffon Vultures, and Lammergeiers. Monastic Art and Monasteries After China invaded Tibet in mid-twentieth century, several new monasteries, including that of Nyingmapa School of the Tibetan Buddhism were built in Bir. However, the monasteries used flat synthetic colors:

Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Palpung Sherabling Complex is a world of maroon and yellow tints, tones, and shades enhanced with green pines. The golden yellow pagoda-style roofs with the curled eaves and the finials are visible from faraway places, including Ahju Fort and Landing Site / Sunset Point in Lower Bir.  The finial consists of inverted bells, an amlika, and a triangular core. The golden yellow

Deer Park Institute, Tea Factory, Shopping

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Siddhartha’s Intent Society set up Deer Park Institute: A Center for Study of Classical Indian Wisdom Traditions in the campus of Dzongsar Institute, an old Buddhist college, to promote classical Indian arts, sciences, and philosophy. Another primary aim is to revive education system of famous ancient Indian university of Nalanda that was a hub of Buddhism. Deer Park comprises Buddha, Tara, and

Nima / Rajmahal (?): a Private Tibetan Residential Building

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… A few steps away from Chaugan Chowk, the Tibetan-style residential complex is like a mini fortress featuring buildings in lovely orange and white color. We are not sure about the name of the building. We asked the locals. Some of them told us that it was called Nima, others told that it was known as Rajmahal, and some named it as Shaolin.

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Drikung Kagyu Bhumang Jampaling Monastery

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… About 45-minute walk from Chaugan Chowk in Lower Bir, the monastery in Chauntra, Mandi represents the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Buddhism. The monastery complex houses a gompa, mess, guest house, monk accommodations, and roomy open spaces. Gompa The corners of the golden pagoda style-roof are adorned with the heads of makaras. The flat roof of the gompa features the traditional wheel and

Palyul Chökhorling Monastery in Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Palyul Chökhorling Monastery Palyul Chökhorling Monastery painted in yellow and red colors represents Nyingma School of the Tibetan Buddhism. One of the six main Nyingma monasteries, Palyul comprises of a gompa (Buddhist temple), handicraft shop, and monk rooms. The temple built on a high yellow and red platform faces a huge courtyard surrounded by the monk quarters. Palyul Gompa The gompa has

Bir Billing walk

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Soft Adventure 1: Hike from Bir to Ahju Fort / Aiju / Ahaju Garha The fort built on the Sikander Ridge is strategically located on the border of Kangra and Mandi districts. The ridge offers a bird’s eye view of several villages, towns, and tourist places located in the districts. For example, you can spot Mohan Ghati, Baijnath, Dharamshala, Palpung Sherabling (Bhattu),

Paragliding

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Why is Billing one of the best paragliding sites? After the southwest monsoon that drenches the region during June-September, tropical anti-cyclonic conditions continue for a number of weeks in autumn (October – November), making paragliding possible on all days. The region features good thermals and light winds. The Dhauladhar overlooks the plains offering several safe landing spots. Paragliding over Bir-Billing unfolds a

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Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities

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(Top) Paragliders enjoy a flight over Bir and Billing in Kangra
(L to R)
The gargoyle (Makara), an aquatic animal, is a mix of elephant, boar, monkey, lion, crocodile…
Sculpture of a flute player from Nima / Rajmahal.
A flower from Kangra (Does anybody know the name?).
Himalayan hamlets from the Ahju Fort ruins. 
Nima/Rajmahal.

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