My instructor jerked the parachute and as he attempted a 360 degree turn, the parachute jolted in action. As our orientation to ground below changed, I realized the adrenaline rush in my body. We were circling above the landing site spot, getting closer to the earth. Eventually, my feet touched the ground after a great paragliding flight.
Bir – Billing in Himachal Pradesh is recognized as Asia’s best paragliding site! But, the experience at Bir doesn’t end here. You can indulge in a lot of other experiences apart from Pargliding. You can relish some of the best Tibetian dishes or engage your mind & soul in the art of Yoga or Meditation. Here, I am jotting down my experience in Bir, where I recently spent 2 days, tasting the adventure of paragliding & indulging in a lot of other experiences.
But, before that, I’d like to quickly mention different ways to reach Bir. Given that Bir is a lesser explored destination, I thought this would be helpful to many.
How to reach Bir
Drive down to Bir from Delhi, it’s a 500 KM long drive and the route is very scenic
Take a train from Delhi to Pathankot. Subsequently, take a cab to reach Bir. The taxi fare according to the taxi centre is Rs 3,000 but, you can negotiate further. I paid Rs 2,500 for the cab
Fly in Gaggal Airport which is some 60 KMs from Bir. By flying in, you will save a couple of hours in road travel.
Take a bus & reach Baijnath or Bir road from Delhi. Baijnath is a small town in Himachal Pradesh which is located at a distance of 13 from Bir. The buses to Baijnath are more frequent than Bir road.
How to spend 48 hours in Bir
If you select the way I travelled, you will reach Bir by 1 pm in the afternoon. I took the Dhalaudhar express and reached Pathankot at 9 AM. It took me 4 hours to reach Bir thereafter.
Now, let’s consider 2 pm as the starting point from when you can actually start admiring the unique & offbeat experience Bir can offer.
Day 1: Garden Café – Nyingma Monastery – Deer Park – Milan Cafe
Day 1 would be a combination of scrumptious food & a tryst with spirituality.
Spend a relaxed afternoon at Garden Cafe
On the way towards the paragliding landing site, on the Bir Tibetian colony road, you will come across this prominent café on your right called “Garden Café”. If I had to give one example of how a chilled out café should be, it would be Garden Café, Bir. Try their Pastas & indulge in the sin of savouring delectable pan cakes, soaked in honey & Nutella. If you are still not satiated with the sugar intake, ask them to make cold coffee, topped with chocolate sauce! The time spent here would be totally worth it as you gradually soak in the laid back ambiance of a less touristy place like Bir.