Bir Billing

Bir Billing – 7 Exciting Things to Do

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The first view at Bir Billing

Situated in  Joginder Nagar Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing is the perfect place for all travellers. Whether you are an adventure seeker, nature lover or even spiritual, Bir Billing has it all!

As the name says, Bir Billing is off to places namely, Bir and Billing. You can get most of your stays in Bir while Billing is just a ride away from Bir. Surrounded by mountains all around, this is a place of serenity, spirituality, adventure and what not!

Things to do in Bir Billing

Being a perfect traveller’s paradise all around the year, Bir Billing can get you excited even while planning for it. Let’s get into some of the best things to do in this Glory of Joginder Valley.

Get Spiritualised at Bir Billing Monasteries

To start with spirituality, Bir consists of a number of Monasteries which are run by monks in such a spiritual manner that you’ll get into it once you enter those Monastries.

You can just sit there for hours and meditate and talk to your soul or engage with the age-old rituals of the monks to feel the peace within. The rituals are sometimes very exciting to watch and hear! Some of the Monastries to visit are :

    • Chokling Monastery
    • Nyingyang Monastery
    • Tsering Jong Monastery
    • Sherabling Monastery
    • Peme Awam Choegar Gyurme Ling Monastery
                              
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Rituals at Bir Billing Monastery

The Adventurous Bir Billing

The best of Bir Billing is its world-famous Paragliding spot which stands best of Asia and 3rd best site in the world. Having been hosted the first-ever Paragliding World Cup, Bir Billing has been making the fantasy of flying for many people at low costs comparatively.

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The Fantasy of Flying

Costing around Rs 1500 for a 15-20 minutes ride and an extra Rs500 for a GoPro video( if needed, to record this as a memory), This is far most cheaper than many paragliding spots in India. While you can also choose packages with longer time period according to your budget.

It will be your best memory of your lifetime and more memorable if you choose it by sunrise or sunset time! You can also paraglide during the winters over the white mass of snow-covered land but just check before planning to be on the safer side.

Apart from Paragliding, Bir Billing also offer an amazing play road for beginner and amateur level Mountain Biking adventure seekers. With the easily available cycle and mountain bikes at lower costs(Rs100-600/hour), you can rent one and climb up the steep roads and check your adrenaline rush while coming down. You can also get bikes on rent starting from Rs 500 to roam around the Bir Billing.

Bir Billing for nature lovers!

Bir Billing also offers some amazing inner peace with its admirable nature. Surrounded by Mountains, sometimes covered with snow to amazing Waterfalls.

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Gunehar Waterfall

There are 2 waterfalls that you can find in the Bir Billing Valley. One is the Gunehar Waterfall which is easy to reach and with less water flowing! The more of a waterfall that can be visited with your family.

The other waterfall is one of it’s kind. Situated deep inside the river covered by thick forests on all sides, the trek to this waterfall is itself an immense adventure with nature!

To reach the waterfall you’ll have to trek against the flowing river deep inside thick vegetation cover from Gunehar Waterfall. It is literally a forest level trek experience that you’ll never forget in your lifetime. The trek is of difficulty level moderate when in a normal season and difficult when nearing the monsoons!

It’s good to take a guide for a safe trek, from the nearby village or the Tea shop near Gunehar Waterfall.

After 40-60 minutes of trek, you’ll see the best that nature can give in every possible way. All you can do is get mesmerized by the view of the Majestic Waterfall flowing with full flow and just remember how blessed you are to witness the maestoso.

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Majestic view of the Waterfall

The Golden hour of Sunset

After a refreshing trek/experience with the forest and river, you can just settle down at Bir landing site. Enjoy the very beautiful play of colours by nature – yes the Sunset! This landing site has an amazing view of the horizon, which is sometimes rare in a valley surrounded by mountains. It will definitely give you the best of the golden hour.

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Colours of Sunset

With the amazing colours of the sunset along with the gliders flying around the mountains is such a great view for the eyes and for the cameras.

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Sunsets of Bir

Cafe Hopping

One most popular experience about Bir Billing is the Cafes and their food. Filled with cafes that provide food from all corners of India gives you the taste of almost all corners. So, if you are a foodie load more cash to give your taste buds a delightful treat.

Meeting new people

Another great experience of Bir Billing is the people you’ll meet! Being a not much remote place Bir Billing receives many travellers and tourists all through the years. This along with staying in hostels will give so much of new friends and memories with them to enjoy the perks of travelling.

The hostel which I stayed and enjoyed the most was TheHosteller which was amazing and cheap for a budget trip like mine. The people I met, the memories made are worth more than anything. So, meet new people, create new friends and make great memories on your trip to Bir Billing by living in hostels.

Transportation to Bir Billing

Bir Billing has many ways of transport of which some are

  • Direct Bus from Delhi to Bir which are quite frequent and good.
  • Bus from Delhi to Mandi and then Mandi to Bir via cab or local bus.
  • Bus from Delhi to Palampur and then Palampur to Bir via local buses which are frequent.
  • Train from Delhi to Pathankot and then cab(around 4 hours) from Pathankot to Bir.
Bir Billing, Palampur
Palampur Bus Stop

The best way of transport will be the direct bus in case of time shortage, While Delhi to Bir via Palampur gives some great views and excitement. I would suggest Buses as quite cheap. Though Trains are cheaper, the cabs are quite expensive if you are on a budget trip.

Best time to visit Bir Billing

The best time to visit Bir Billing for Paragliding would be from the summers of April to June. While Bir Billing also hosts people on Winters from December to March for the Snow Fall and sometimes Paragliding will be available if the weather is good.

So the best time would be throughout the year except for the Monsoons from June to September.

But above all this, the first thing is you have to start planning for it. Start planning and see another part of India.

Do comment your views below if you find it useful. Been there? Comment the experiences I’ve missed at Bir Billing.

Kutla – The Himalayan Secret

Kutla
Kutla

When you plan for a trip to the Himalayas the first few places that strike your mind will be Kasol, Kheerganga and Rohtang pass and they are very crowded and commercialized making it a little nature unfriendly to get some peace.

The Himalayas is all about treks and peace with mountains and nature but with such crowded places these days its hard to get those. And thinking about which, I found this awesome place to get lost into the wilderness and be with yourself if you go solo.

So let me take you into my first north Indian expedition, the beautiful Kutla.
It is a small village you will find this small village after a trek of 2 hours from Tosh in Parvati valley which is very popular for getting high at high altitudes.

Kutla – Transportation

It’s very easy to get there with public transport owning to its fair frequency to and fro. Starting from Delhi you’ll find a lot of buses to Himachal. But the cheap and best one you will find is Himachal Road transport Corporation because it’s government-run and best because it gives you the feel of Himachal Pradesh, the state of nature.

From Delhi you can take a bus to Kullu which is available frequently and it’ll take you 12-14 hours to reach there. The best part is, if you start at night you’ll start getting into Himachal by early morning with a warm welcoming you among the hills and the lovely river flowing along with you throughout the roads.

Sunrise at Himachal Pradesh
Sunrise at Himachal Pradesh

The electric blue or sometimes blue color of the river with mighty mountains will give you amazing views throughout the way that you’ll fall in love with it.

On reaching Bhuntur, which is just 10kms before Kullu, you can get down and walk a little for like 4-5 minutes you’ll find the local bus stand.
Here, you’ll be able to find buses to Barshaini.

The bus takes around 3 hours from Bhuntur to Barshaini with a view of Mountains with white caps and later the roads become adventurous as you will see them getting narrower where not more than one bus can cross at a time. The fresh and chill air, the mountains covered with snow, with the background music of flowing river, the thrill from the bus ride on the narrow roads and the greenery around you would give you the most beautiful feeling of the nature.

After reaching Barshaini, you’ll get taxis(for 300 which you can share with anyone). Or you can walk along for 30 minutes immersing yourself with the beauty of Barshaini to reach Tosh. The Village of views I would say!

Reaching Kutla

Surrounded by mountains, built over the mountains, and living with the mountains is what tosh is. The small village with amazing people is till where you’ll find network and data. You can just inquire the villagers about Tosh waterfall and move towards it.

Kutla, Tosh
The white-capped mountains

The 2-hour trek to Kutla starts near Tosh Waterfall. Always reach here before it gets dark else it’ll be hard to find the path unless you have someone who already knows the way. Those 2 hours are the real deal, as the path gets steeper and steeper. And is it beautiful? Worth it? Hell yeah!

After 2 hours, you’ll see the beautiful village with very fewer people and great scenery.

The Village – Kutla

Kutla

Surrounded by mountains, some capped with snow, some with trees and vegetation, Kutla gives you serene stay with the music of water flowing along with the rivers and small waterfalls all day long. You can also get good food there at small cafes in the village. Start exploring the village to get more out of it and enjoy the nature. Don’t forget your winter clothes whatever season it is, because it’s the Himalayas!

Kutla, Tosh

Having a hot cup of tea or Maggi will give you the warmth of the nature cuddling you. Since, all stays will mostly have chimneys to sustain the freezing temperature. For the night you can stargaze for sometime as you are away from the lights of human civilization. Stays offer multi-layered coverings for sleeping to get good sleep.

Buda Van Meadows in Kutla

Buda Van Meadows, Kutla

The next day as the sun gives you some warmth you can start hiking to nearby Buda Van meadows.

Hike to Buda Van Meadows, Kutla
Hike to Buda Van Meadows

Buda Van is literally the no-man land with just some sheep and farm animals grazing.

Buda Van Meadows, Kutla
The land of Serenity

You’ll find a river flowing nearby giving a great treat to the eyes with it’s backgrounds and music. Believe me, this moment, the view, the nature literally brought tears in my eyes! Some experiences are best to be in and I am blessed for that moment.

Buda Van Meadows of Kutla, Tosh
You can see the video of the moment which brought tears by clicking this picture!

You can then stay at Kutla for it’s peace for any number of days or even just live there. But for working people like me, have to leave in a day though no one will want to.

Buda Van Meadows, Kutla
Buda Van Meadows

Best time to visit Kutla?

Kutla will be ready to host you all-through the year, but the snowfall here will amazing if you visit by December end to March.

Buses and routes are easily available and the first part of this blog will explain to you all the details.

Already been to Kutla? Give your views and ideas in the comments below. Not yet, share this to your friends and plan your weekends!

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