Bird-watching and Monasteries

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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: mainly yellows and reds for wall paintings unlike Tibetan tradition of tempera based on natural colors derived from vegetable and minerals. The modern paintings are thus not called murals. The paintings in synthetic enamel colors are painted on the walls plastered with cement. The resulting flamboyant and glossy effects are loud. The monk artists, however, preserved style and theme of the traditional Tibetan art.

The unguarded, spick and span monasteries welcome everyone. Anyone can walk-in and enjoy the calm, colorful interiors. What we liked the most about the monasteries is unrestricted and quick access. The interfering priests who are present in many popular religious shrines are conspicuous by their absence. The courteous, friendly monks even open the monasteries on the request of visitors. The monks patiently await tourists browsing through monastic art and taking pictures. There is no hurry. The visitors can even meditate in the prayer halls.

But, follow the decorum and do not take advantage of the freedom.

  • Remove shoes before entering a monastery.
  • Do not make noise.
  • Maintain sanctity of the monastery.
  • Do not eat and drink within the temple.
  • If you turn on lights in the monastery, do switch off the lights while leaving.


“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”— Pablo Picasso