The other organisation in Bir Billing which has been promoting a productive and a positive living is Dharmalaya Institute, where they conduct workshops on sustainable living. Here you learn to make use of natural resources to adopt minimalism. This is defintely one of the things to do in Bir, especially off the tourist track.
Don’t expect cafes like in McCleod Ganj (which is a good thing), but there are a few very good cafes to grab your book, connect, or simply chill. I tried Silver Linings, 4 Tables and Garden Cafe, and loved them all.
How To Reach Bir?
You can reach Bir Billing through any of the ways below.
By Bus: Bir can be easily reached by road from any part of Himachal. The distance from Delhi to Bir is over 520 km and it takes 10 to 11 hours depending on when you are traveling. There are public buses (AC and ordinary) as well as a few private buses. The best way to travel from Delhi to Bir is by these buses.
If you have time, try to travel during the day as the journey is very beautiful once the bus enters Himachal. You’ll be taken through the curvy roads that lead to many valleys and the snow-capped Himalayas. You can check the bus timings and book the tickets here.
By Train: There is no direct train to Bir.
Although Bir isn’t too big and is only a town, there is no shortage of hotels in Bir. The accommodation in Bir suits all budget types. I volunteered at Zostel Bir and hence stayed there for 6 weeks. Zostel Bir is a great place to stay if you are traveling solo, on a budget or love meeting new people on the road.
There are also many guest houses that could give you a bed for under 500 INR if you call them up and reserve the bed. Thanks to the boom in the paragliding or just the beauty of the place, people are visiting in large number thus creating many places to stay in Bir, started by the locals. There aren’t too many hotels in Bir, but you can get good homestays and if you befriend the locals, you can be their guest too!
Check the map below to find a hotel in Bir as per your preferences.
What is the best time to visit Bir?
The best time to visit Bir is the summer when the snow subsides gradually and the weather becomes pleasant. This is when the paragliding season begins as the weather clears, and that’s also when people arrive. Go there from March to June, before the monsoon begins. Most of the town activities remain closed during the rainy season in Bir. The weather gets better in winter but only until the upper regions begin to snow, and Bir gets really cold during that time. If you just want to explore without paragliding being on your list, you can visit Bir in winter as well.