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Sight-Seeing

Sight-Seeing at Bir Billing


Besides from being the paragliding capital of the country, Bir possesses one of the most varied flora and fauna and has numerous tourist attractions. You can shop from the local Tibetan market, hog on some scrumptious dumplings with hot sauce or even check out their local culture by visiting their gorgeous and colorful Buddhist monasteries. You can also visit the Bir tea factory where you’ll get to experience and go through the whole process. The Deer Park Institute is also a great option for checking out while you’re at Bir.

–       Dharamshala

Within just 2 or 3 hours drive from Bir lies the most famous city of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala amidst the scenic Dhauladhar Mountains. Also known as McLeod Ganj, the list of places to go visit at your trip to Dharamshala is endless. It is only 70 kilometers away from our place which makes it easier for you to plan a day trip and enjoy it in all its glory. One has to check out the most beautiful cricket stadium, the Kangra fort, St. John’s Church which is the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. If you’re a thrill-seeking adventure enthusiast, you can attempt the famous Triund trek which is said to be the easiest of treks in India. To admire and appreciate nature’s charm in its most original and authentic form, you can visit the Tirthan valley, the towns of Pulga and Khajjar. All in all a great experience, Dharamshala won’t disappoint you with its attractions and activities.

 

–          Monasteries

A visit to this land of Buddhist culture, Bir is incomplete without a trip to a monastery. Experience closely the dynamic culture and tradition of the Buddhists by visiting monasteries. The best part about all of the monasteries here is that you’ll feel warm and invited as soon as you enter one. The monks in every monastery happily allow visitors to join their prayers and click pictures and tour every party of the monasteries. Bir has two monasteries out of which, it’s most visited and biggest, The Choukling Monastery is a sight to behold which is within just 5 kilometers from your stay. You can easily spot the monastery while walking on your way back from the paragliding take-off field, which is located at the end of the town.  The monastery is widely spread over land and consists of three parts, the temple, the meditation center and the entrance. Not to miss, it has a humongous statue of Padmasambhava installed and well as a stupa in it. As you enter this beautiful structure, you will see the extensive types of flowers that have been planted in the garden just after the main entrance. The luscious green grass is a complete treat to sore eyes, it really brings out the vibrant colors in which the monastery building has been painted in.

The second most famous monastery is the Shrabling monastery which is so huge that it consists of more than two hundred monk quarters, three shrine halls, and six shrine rooms. You can also go on nature walks around the tea gardens and forest here. One interest fact about the Sherabling monastery is that it holds courses in meditation and philosophy.

Another beautiful monastery that you can visit is the Dzongsar Shedra monastery. Shedra literally stands for a monastic college, hence it is a monastery cum institute in Chauntra which is just 4 kilometers from Bir. This monastic institute is gorgeous as well as huge with hundreds of monks learning from highly trained Khenpos which makes it a must visit.

 

–           Chamunda Mandir

The seven hundred years old temple which is situated in Bir is named after the demons that were killed here, Chand and Mund. Due to its locations amidst the hills, you’re going to feel immense peace and bliss when you visit this holy place which is famous for the legend of good winning over evil.  

 

 

–        Village Walks

 

Our hotel stay is within 5 kilometers of the main Bir village which gives you an amazing opportunity to trek through the forests to reach there. You’ll get to see the dense rhododendron trees and houses that are built with mud and wooden logs. You can also interact freely with the locals as they’re friendly and love to guide you about their village.

 

–          Dal Jheel

The Dal Lake of Bir might not be as famous as the Dal Lake of Kashmir but is no less than an exquisite beauty in itself. You can easily spend a warm day by the lake with your family. The lake stretches over a length of 2 kilometers, you can visit this lake for a day trek or boat around the lake while admiring the beauty of hills and the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. At the end of your visit to Dal Lake, you can pay your regards to Lord Shiva at the temple and seek his benign blessings.  

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