What to see in Kangra, India

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.  

TO ABHA Magazine | Volume 1, Issue 1 | October 2015

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 Cup in the last week of October. These lovely destinations are still clean and uncrowded. And I like unfrequented mountain spots which are not visually polluted. 3

Paragliding in Billing, Indian Himalayas

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.      

Paragliding in Bir, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh in India

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 season 2012. Browse now!  

Bedroom of 1-bed unit in Bhumang Monastery Guest House in Chauntra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Three years ago in October we stayed in Bhumang Monastery Guest House in Lower Chauntra. We spent four days in the guest house during annual paragliding season of Bir Billing in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It was October. The guest house, situated within an easy walking distance of the paragliding landing site in Bir, offers self-service units. The airy sunny spacious unit followed the principles of minimalism. But all parts of

The Himalayan hamlets from the fort

The Ahju Fort  complex, located in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, features a Bharat Sancher Nagar Limited’s (BSNL) tower, two temples, and the ruins. The complex offers lovely views of (1) the Himalayan hamlets, including Bir, billing, Badehr, and Suja; (2) twin paragliding sites, Bir and Billing; (3) popular touristy places such as Baijnath and Dharamshala; (4) the Dhauladhar Range and Bara Bhangal. To watch the slideshow of the day hike, click 

Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities in Himachal Pradesh, India

Download Travel Guide (PDF 1,230 KB) format… Bir neither has major banks nor any automated teller machines (ATM) for instant cash. However, Kangra Co-operative Bank has a branch in Upper Bir and Tibetan Colony, Lower Bir. A branch of HP Gramin Bank (P.N.B.) is in Upper Bir. Punjab National Bank (P.N.B.) and State Bank of India (S.B.I.) have one automated teller machine (ATM) each on national highway (NH) 21 between

Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities in Himachal Pradesh, India

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… The famous twin paragliding destinations Bir and Billing are not for foodies. However, getting three meals is not difficult. The food is affordable. Bir does not offer as many food options as other frequented touristy places do. Bir features a few vegetarian and non-vegetarian dhabas, Indian sweet shops, and self-service eateries. Modern restaurants serving Chinese, Continental and Indian dishes are in Namlang

Where to Stay in Bir –Billing

Download the full guide (PDF, 1.35 MB)… 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