A Tibetan Residence in Bir, Kangra

What to see in Kangra, India

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Adventure Travel Blog Magazine October 2015 Contents A magnificent building stands near Chowgan Chowk in nondescript Tibetan Colony in Bir, Kangra.  I have tried to capture highlights of the building that showcases many traditional Tibetan architectural features. Check the mini photo gallery.   Previous Tweet #TOABHAO15 Next

A Note to Readers

October issue of adventure travel blog magazine focuses on Bir Billing, a pair of world famous paragliding sites located in the Indian Himalayas.

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine October 2015 Contents Dear Readers, This month I will show you Bir and Billing, the world famous paragliding sites located in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Why?  Because of patriotic and personal reasons and available hard and soft adventure travel options: India will host its maiden Paragliding World …

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Pleasures of Paragliding in Billing, A Photo Story

Paragliding in Billing, Indian Himalayas

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Adventure Travel Blog Magazine October 2015 Contents Today we will take you to Billing, the paragliding site in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh. During Autumn, the skies of Billing are dotted with colorful canopies. Check yourself.   Previous Tweet #TOABHAO15 Next

Bir: The Hangout of Paragliders from India and Abroad

Paragliding in Bir, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh in India

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Adventure Travel Blog Magazine October 2015 Contents Flying like birds in the blue crisp skies of Bir during autumn is an exhilarating experience. Harvesting the golden yellow crops is a joy that will provide enough fuel during the snowy winter… Today’s photo story presents some beautiful moments from the paragliding …

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Milarepa and the hunter

An incident from the life of Milarepa, a popular Tibetan saint

 

Milarepa is a Tibetan saint from the eleventh century. The multi-talented saint is known for well-written poetry, enlightenment, and asceticism. He attained spiritual bliss with the help of his teacher: Marpa the Translator.

 

Milarepa spent his life in caves and survived on nettles. No one disturbed the saint ever. However, one day a deer entered his cave. The deer was followed by an angry hunter and his dog. Milarepa sang his poetry to calm down the master. This scene has been recreated in the Losel Doll Museum.

Traditional Tibetan amusements

A picnic in Tibetan style, an exhibit from Losel Doll Museum in Himachal Pradesh

 

A Tibetan family enjoys a picnic. The means of amusement include a traditional guitar and prayer drum, dice game, and family meal. 🙂

Tri Relbachen, one of famous 3 dharma kings of Tibet

Tri Relbachen finds place in Losel Doll Museum in Dharamshala

 

This postcard shows one of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet, Tri Relbachen. He hosted several Indian scholars who translated and revised Buddhist scriptures during his reign spanning from 806 to 836 CE. And more than 30 monasteries were built to propagate Buddhism. Nepali and Turkish artists decorated the shrines. He also organized first ever medical conference in the lofty Himalayas. He strengthened Tibet-China relationship to avoid wars. But he was assassinated for promoting Buddhism at the expense of his political duties.

(Image: L to R): Princesses, King, and his Minister

 

Losel Doll Museum: boats from Tibet

A coracle and horse headed boat on display in Losel Doll Museum

(Left) A horse headed boat:

Tibetans used this boat to transport animals, cargo, and passengers across the waterbodies. This Losel Doll Museum exhibit shows people from central and western parts of the country.

(Right) A miniature coracle:

The coracle is made of wood and animal skin. Tibetans still use these boats to cross the lakes and rivers. This light boat can be carried on the back. The boat has a farmer from central Tibet and a woman from southwest.