Volume 1 Issue 1 2015

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

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

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:


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

Bir and Billing

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… Bir The Himachali village, inexpensive Bir is salubrious and active in autumn, October-November. Thrill seekers holding strings of colorful canopies swing through the blue skies over the golden fields ready to be harvested, the Himalayan hamlets, the tea gardens, and the Dhauldhar Range. Paragliding lovers, free flyers, professionals, and spectators from India and abroad, flock to the small village in Kangra District,

A free downloadable travel guide for an adventure holiday in Bir and Billing (Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India) in autumn

Download Travel Guide in Pdf (1,230 KB) format… This 17-part travel series takes you to Bir and Billing located in the lap of Himachal Pradesh, India. The series Bir and Billing in Autumn: A Guide for Adventure Travel Activities is also available in pdf format. Here is the cover of the guide: The cover image is a mosaic of six images: (Top) Paragliders enjoy a flight over Bir and Billing

Bir Resort room in Bir, paragliding site in Kangra, India

We enjoyed our 5-day stay in Room No 201 at Bir Resort, a budget hotel in Bir Village, Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India, during September 2-7, 2012. We would love to stay here again. We recommend the hotel for the following reasons: Location   The resort amid a tea garden is on the main road leading to Upper Bir. The Bir Resort is within walking distance of Chowgan Chowk, Tibetan Colony and Paragliding Landing

4 Options for Getting Around in Bir

    You have four choices for point-to-point travel within Bir: on foot, taxi, bus and bring your own car. Walking is the best way for getting around in small township of Bir. Taxi Stand, located in the Tibetan Colony (Lower Bir), offers small and big cars, including Maruti Alto and Maruti Dzire. The blue line differentiates taxis from private vehicles. Minimum tariff is INR 50.00. Limited public and private

Banks, ATMs in Bir

We did not find any major banks in Bir. However, there is a branch of Kangra Co-operative Bank in Upper Bir and Tibetan Colony, Lower Bir. HP Gramin Bank (PNB) also has a branch in Upper Bir. There are no automated teller machines (ATMs) for instant cash in Upper and Lower Bir. So carry enough cash for your all needs. Or, you can walk to Chauntra (about one hour walk

6 Eating & Drinking Options in Bir

  Bir is popular for paragliding. However, the dining scene is deficient and boring. If you are looking for high-end and fine dining options in Bir, there are none. Budget and mid-end eateries are also very limited in number. We tried some of the eateries. Hotel Classic Surya Restaurant in Tibetan Colony (Lower Bir) serves Indian, Chinese and Continental food. This mid-end restaurant has indoor and outdoor space for meals