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You can count the Bir hotels and resorts on the fingers of one hand. Luxury hotels are altogether missing from the popular paragliding site. However, the small village has more than twenty-five guest houses, home stays, and / or paying guest accommodations with limited number of rooms (3-15). The price varies from INR 50 per bed in a dormitory to INR 3,000 per room, per night on double occupancy basis. You can choose rooms located in Chowgan (Chaugan / Chogun) Chowk, Tibetan Colony, Upper and Lower Bir, Ghornala, and / or Chauntra.
One third of the accommodation companies have decent web sites offering basic information. For example,
Cash is the only payment option. Plastic money is not at all popular. Do carry enough cash.
Some guest houses are independent, whereas others are part of the monasteries. All monasteries may not welcome tourists. Some monasteries allow only Indian tourists.
The guest houses offer only basic rooms with or without attached bath. The rates are extremely reasonable. You can find a room for INR 350 – 800 per night on double occupancy basis during peak season i.e. October – November.
All guest houses may not have kitchens or restaurants. The food choices are limited to Italian, Indian, and Tibetan fare.
Deer Park Institute
Deer Park Institute offers rooms for the course participants and artists, writers, and scholars provided the management approves their accommodation requests. The institute seeks contribution-donation instead of standard tariff.
Dharmalaya Institute offers accommodation in the guest house, dormitory, and pre-pitched tents for donations or a fixed rate. The rate varies from INR 50 per day to INR 800 per day. Advance reservation is required. The institute has a camping ground where you can even pitch your own tents. You can request for room reservation online.
Bir Resort offers basic spick and span accommodation for just INR 500 per night on double occupancy basis. The resort provides convenience of online room booking.
Ghornala Resort, located near Dharmalaya, features three double bed rooms with attached bath and serves meals in the common dining area. The tariff varies from INR 500-1,500 per night. You can contact the resort online.
Namlang-Himal Resort features cottages, costing INR 715-825 per night on double occupancy basis. Contact the resort.
Tatva Bir Resort is the probably the most expensive resort in Bir and neighborhood, costing INR 2,000 to 3,000 exclusive of taxes. Write to the resort for room booking.
Colonel’s Resort features both rooms and cottages but does not offer the European plan (EP), which could be a major issue depending on your food habits while traveling. The price based on modified American plan (MAP) ranges from INR 1,500 to 3,500. Get more information about the resort.
Hotel Surya Classic, located in the Tibetan Colony, is a popular hangout during the season. The room tariff starts from INR 700 per night.
Himachal Pradesh Forest Department Rest House
The state forest department has a rest house in Bir and an inspection hut in Billing. The tariff is nominal. The department welcomes tourists and travelers. Contact the booking office (refer to page no 9).
Billing is devoid of any kind of accommodations and eateries. If you intend to stay in Billing, carry complete camping gear and supplies. For day trips, carry food with you. In 2012, we visited Billing and spotted a luxury hotel under construction for many years.