Everything You Need To Know About Bir Billing: Photo Blog
- May 03, 2020
- Sanvi & Tanushekha
Bir has always been on our list of adventures. It is majorly famous for Paragliding where you get an opportunity to plunge from a height of 8000 feet. We planned to explore Bir Billing in just 48 hours. This quaint town is blessed with hiking trails, waterfalls & camping spots. Read on to know 48 hours itinerary in Bir Billing. Oh also, we took this selfie just after reaching Bir.
We stayed at Zostel Bir 2.0 This was our 4 beds dormitory. It was cold yet so cozy inside. We paid Rs. 750 per person for one night, it wasn’t cheap (backpacker’s budget LOL) but the property was worth it. Sometimes you get to go overboard to experience the exquisite views. There are many other homestays, camping sites & hostels to choose from. We have heard that this Zostel had a spectacular location hence we chose to stay here. Not to forget you need to walk around 1km from the main road to reach here! Find your perfect stay here.
Self Exploring Around the Town
One of the finest places to eat at is Garden Cafe. From ambiance to food everything is absolutely perfect. We recommend pasta salad, Nutella pancakes, and garden-fresh pizza. Garden cafe uses homegrown vegetables and that guarantees a scrumptious taste in everything that they have on the menu. The ambiance is beautifully blue and rustic. Don’t miss the chance of getting quirky pictures and nosh-up.
The colorful building of Palpung Sherabling Monastery and the blue sky looked uncanny right after the rainfall.
As the sun was about to set the sky started to change into a palette of vivid colors. These colors were popping out of the dark clouds. There was a chill in the breeze and we were running around to save ourselves from the rain shower.
Early Morning Trek
Getting ready early morning for your trek is very important but sometimes the morning tea could push you back, just like our friend in the journey who was obsessed with tea! Jokes apart, we all were in this together. The fresh air in the atmosphere charges you up even if you were half slept, cranky baby initially. This face says a lot about our mood.
Catching some breath before starting our journey to Gunehar. Till this point, our pace was slow and steady due to the irresistible cherry blossom parks, alluring smells, and some colorful wooden houses. We met a kid who got pleased by seeing two pony hairstyle, laughing and elated while describing this to her granddad. Not only the Himalayan dogs but the people are also lovely here.
Cool gust fondling our messy hair, playing jingles of lost emotions, aromatic cherry blossoms swaying away from the drops of morning sweat due to little walk we took to reach till here, and this one view showered the glory of enchantments! Gunehar valley is known for its art gallery and festivals worldwide. Situated at 2 km from Bir Billing, this place has its own charm. We were on our trek to Bongaru waterfall and automatically stopped to admire this beauty. A landscape full of deodars and pines, houses made up of mud and stones, this valley awaits for lot many surprises. Walls painted with bright colors motifs make the whole village appear like a canvas. Last year this small village hosted its second conceptual art exhibition. It takes place after every 3 years by the name of ‘Into the Woods’ which is a part of the ‘Trigarth Kangra valley festival’ now. The man behind this idea is Frank Schlichtmann who also owned a cafe and a hotel at this village making it popular among the artists and the paradise lovers. A single walk inside the valley would make you fall in love with a clearer mind and soul.
Clouds kissing sunrays above, mountains hugging horizon beneath, a place where one of the best lunch was served on the entire trip. After getting drained in sweat in cold March trek to Bongaru waterfall, we were heading straight towards the paragliding site of Bir. On our way, we stopped at one of the eatery place run by a very adorable lady who served us home-cooked food at a very reasonable rate. Here you will find adventure points like zip-lining and air cycling in between the cool breeze and refreshing air. We met these little siblings at the same spot and had a good talk about their life in hilly areas.
Paragliding at Bir Billing
Bright sunshine, clear sky with picturesque clouds, and an open mind are en route towards the take-off point of Paragliding. We had booked it in advance the day before since the weather could fluctuate at any moment. Usually, summer is considered the best season which starts from April-June, the place becomes crowded and costlier at the same time. Enjoy the gliding early morning or in the evening to catch that beautiful sunset while you are still above in the air. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Yes, the first time you do a thing is always exciting. Sometimes it is now or never and the truth is adventure lies in spontaneity. So, if you are in Bir don’t forget to relish this lifetime experience.
Chasing Sunsets in Bir
After a rushed morning, thrilling afternoon, we were ready for the gorgeous evening in Bir Billing. We rented a double-seated bicycle for one hour to roam around the paragliding landing site. We ended up at Tsering Jong Monastery located in the Tibetan colony for our sunset quest. Colorful place filled with peace and beauty, we extolled the virtue of sunset, smiled, and relaxed.
Cycle Rent: 250 INR
The scent of those flowers, the touch of little tender buds, blooming rays of hope, connecting back to your wild soul, watching this view with no haste but a commitment of making it pausable right there!
The vibes of Bir Billing make your inner thoughts felicitate and overcome the hidden insecurities. Monks enchanting pious evening prayers would make you steal moments for self-indulgence. The mildly waving flags talking to the breeze encourage peace, compassion, wisdom & strength. With the hope of getting some positive energy, happiness, and well- being we also wanted to inhale the goodness of the space. An evening spent at the monastery after running like for an hour was well deserved and satisfying.
We were ready for our next chapter, to explore a new place, to climb a new mountain and, to weave a new story. The authenticity of a place could be seen when you get out, meet the unpaved trails. We will be spending more time in Bir the next time because this place has got a lot more to say. This picture was taken on our way to Barot valley from Bir.