BIR AND BILLING: THE COMPLETE EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL GUIDE
BIR TEMPERATURE & BEST TIME TO VISIT
7 out of 12 months in Bir and Billing have been completely pleasant and welcoming. The monsoon months between June and August come with a wild bloom of greenery, but paragliders have to take a rest in these months due to unpredictable weather conditions and heavy winds.
Bir is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh for a long weekend. Pleasant summers and little snowfall in extreme winters.
If you ask us, the autumn months of September to November are the best months to visit Bir and billing. Throughout the year, Bir’s temperatures reach an average of 33 and 7 °C as low and high, making the day the perfect balance of hot and cold.
HOW TO REACH BIR
The most viable way to reach Bir is to first make it to Delhi or Chandigarh. From both cities, Bir is a comfortable overnight bus journey. Just a heads up, traveling to Bir by train and air is politely discouraged as it is an inconvenient way to get there.
COMMUTING IN BIR
The easiest way to explore the tinsel town of Bir is by two-wheeler and cycle. Our people at Zostel Bir will help you to hire them, just say the words.
Bicycles start from Rs 100/hr and the range from gearless to geared two-wheelers is Rs 1000-1400 per day. Taxis are also available in abundance and are a viable option if you are traveling in groups.
PARAGLIDING IN BIR
Indians are unanimous in saying that the hill town of Bir offers the best paragliding experience in the country, and we totally agree.
Bir Billing Paragliding takes 15 to 25 minutes, where the flight gives you a panoramic view of the deodar forests, grasslands, and the rugged Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh.
The cost of paragliding in Bir ranges from around 1800 to 2400, depending on the season and the company you are traveling with.
All you have to do is book a time slot, pay the minimum token amount and embark on an exciting drive to Billing, from where you head to the famous landing site of Bir.
If you are staying with us in Zostel Plus Bir, you can live in your preferred time slot You can contact reception to book your gliding experience. PS.
If you are fond of sunrise and sunset, then this is also the best time for paragliding, as it is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh for a golden sunset.
PLACES TO VISIT IN BIR AND BILLING
TSERING JONG MONASTERY
The large complex of the monastery is adorned with lavish flowering plants, bundles of lush green trees, and an utterly serene atmosphere.
When I explored the 4 other monasteries in Bir, Tsering Jong was my absolute favorite for how calm and refreshed it made me feel. While the prayer hall is hidden deep inside, walking towards it you A gorgeous view of the sun shining on its pleasant paths and gentle green features takes you through.
We made it here just an hour before sunset, and the scenery made it clear that this is one of the best places to visit in Bir and very little at that.
We made it to Ningyang just before the last prayer of the day, and as we walked through the corridor of the statue, all the monks sprinkled rice all over the floor at once.
I was in a tizzy because I didn’t expect such a warm welcome (though I know it wasn’t for me, right). Only a 15-minute walk from Zostel plus Bir, this monastery is the most accessible.
People have also come here to enjoy momos, so you can ask any local person nearby and they will take you to the best stalls.
SUNSET AT THE LANDING SITE
I will not exaggerate when I say that half of Bir’s village is found at the landing site, for a simple ritual of watching the sun go down.
The area which is the landing place for paragliders is also the most preferred sunset point of Bir, making it one of the tourist places in Himachal.
It’s also a great place to watch the stars in the middle of the night, that is, if you’re not afraid of dogs along the way.
CHOKLING MON ASTERY
I woke up at 6 a.m.and went for a leisurely walk, and ended up at this monastery, which is less than a 15-minute walk from Jostal plus Bir.
While I was glad to be treated to a great view of the sunrise, I was more than happy to meet two domesticated sheep as well as a herd of old Tibetan women who had come here for morning worship.