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Guidebook for Bir

Tapas Ranjan
Tapas Ranjan
Joined in 2017
Tapas Ranjan

Guidebook for Bir

Sightseeing
The spot is great! The water is sooo cold that the shopkeepers chill the soft drinks in the waterfall. Snacks (Maggi, soft drinks, tea/coffee, etc are available here too. We can pack you a lunch too if you like. Please keep in mind that you'll be trekking for about 30 minutes (1km+) to get here, the kids and the elderly need to be careful. Also, you'll need to climb a few stairs so mind your clothing and shoes. It's a short walk to the waterfall and most won't notice the time or the distance. If you're with friends, this is the place to chill.
Bhagsunag Falls.
The spot is great! The water is sooo cold that the shopkeepers chill the soft drinks in the waterfall. Snacks (Maggi, soft drinks, tea/coffee, etc are available here too. We can pack you a lunch too if you like. Please keep in mind that you'll be trekking for about 30 minutes (1km+) to get here, the kids and the elderly need to be careful. Also, you'll need to climb a few stairs so mind your clothing and shoes. It's a short walk to the waterfall and most won't notice the time or the distance. If you're with friends, this is the place to chill.
Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. The present name Baijnath (it was originally known as Kiragrama) became popular after the name of the temple. The village is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, a tributary of river Beas. The Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 A.D. The two long inscriptions in the porch of the temple indicate that a temple of Shiva existed on the spot even before the present one was constructed.
Baijnath Mandir
Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. The present name Baijnath (it was originally known as Kiragrama) became popular after the name of the temple. The village is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, a tributary of river Beas. The Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 A.D. The two long inscriptions in the porch of the temple indicate that a temple of Shiva existed on the spot even before the present one was constructed.
Food Scene
Cute little cafe with lots of natural lighting, books to read, free wifi, and fresh food to order and eat. The crépes are OK. I personally like their homemade Pasta and Salads. I love the ambiance, it is so quiet and peaceful too. One could just sit all day long gazing at the mountains, sip on coffee or eat something, read, a book or work on the laptop.
Garden Cafe
Cute little cafe with lots of natural lighting, books to read, free wifi, and fresh food to order and eat. The crépes are OK. I personally like their homemade Pasta and Salads. I love the ambiance, it is so quiet and peaceful too. One could just sit all day long gazing at the mountains, sip on coffee or eat something, read, a book or work on the laptop.
A cafe where you can hangout or have a get together. The mocha, pasta, toast omelette is amazing. One could lick their fingers after eating. Great place to take a rest and have conservation with the amazing people you find there!
Silver Linings Cafe
A cafe where you can hangout or have a get together. The mocha, pasta, toast omelette is amazing. One could lick their fingers after eating. Great place to take a rest and have conservation with the amazing people you find there!
You have to visit this cafe to hear the amazing stories by the Engineer turned entrepreneur owner of the cafe, Gaurav. The place is absolutely chill. Good food, amazing ambience and always packed with travelers of all kinds. Perfect place to share stories, experiences and look for others to travel with. Highly recommended.
Musafir, A Traveller's Cafe
You have to visit this cafe to hear the amazing stories by the Engineer turned entrepreneur owner of the cafe, Gaurav. The place is absolutely chill. Good food, amazing ambience and always packed with travelers of all kinds. Perfect place to share stories, experiences and look for others to travel with. Highly recommended.
Arts & Culture
Deer Park Institute is a centre for study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. Established in March 2006 on the campus of a former Buddhist monastic institute. The core vision of the Institute is to re-create the spirit of Nalanda, a great university of ancient India in which all traditions of Buddhism were studied and practiced, alongside other schools of classical Indian philosophy, arts and sciences.
Deer Park Institute
Deer Park Institute is a centre for study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. Established in March 2006 on the campus of a former Buddhist monastic institute. The core vision of the Institute is to re-create the spirit of Nalanda, a great university of ancient India in which all traditions of Buddhism were studied and practiced, alongside other schools of classical Indian philosophy, arts and sciences.
Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on contemplative service-learning and sustainable development. The mission is to unite the best of traditional wisdom with creative innovation to produce compelling possibilities for compassionate living and sustainable development.
Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living
Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on contemplative service-learning and sustainable development. The mission is to unite the best of traditional wisdom with creative innovation to produce compelling possibilities for compassionate living and sustainable development.
In 1975, the present 12th Kenting Tai Situpa's disciples from Derge and Nangchen region who settled in Bir, Himachal Pardesh Northern India, donated a protected pine forested land located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here he started to establish Palpung Sherabling, which later became his seat in India. The building was designed by Kenting Tai Situpa, and is built of modern materials and finished in traditional Tibetan architectural fashion. The concept of the design follows the ancient science of geomancy. Palpung Sherabling cultivates and preserves the artistic lineage of the Palpung tradition. The monastery, only a few miles from the nearest town, retains its calmness and isolation.
Palpung Sherabling Monastery
In 1975, the present 12th Kenting Tai Situpa's disciples from Derge and Nangchen region who settled in Bir, Himachal Pardesh Northern India, donated a protected pine forested land located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here he started to establish Palpung Sherabling, which later became his seat in India. The building was designed by Kenting Tai Situpa, and is built of modern materials and finished in traditional Tibetan architectural fashion. The concept of the design follows the ancient science of geomancy. Palpung Sherabling cultivates and preserves the artistic lineage of the Palpung tradition. The monastery, only a few miles from the nearest town, retains its calmness and isolation.
If you're into yoga, you may attend Aryamarga Yoga Institute. Cookie is an exceptional teacher, with a huge amount of knowledge about the Asanas, correction, and meditation. She has an immense amount of experience that she warmly delivers. Her passion for yoga permeates her lessons and is further illustrated by the attention to detail and the thorough way in which she teaches - a truly wonderful experience.
Aryamarga Yoga - Drop-in Hall
If you're into yoga, you may attend Aryamarga Yoga Institute. Cookie is an exceptional teacher, with a huge amount of knowledge about the Asanas, correction, and meditation. She has an immense amount of experience that she warmly delivers. Her passion for yoga permeates her lessons and is further illustrated by the attention to detail and the thorough way in which she teaches - a truly wonderful experience.
Shopping
There are many small shops in Bir and the Tibetan Colony selling freshly produced and dry food items. The general rule is that the further you go uphill towards Bir, the smaller and more unique is the selection of produce.
Bir Market
There are many small shops in Bir and the Tibetan Colony selling freshly produced and dry food items. The general rule is that the further you go uphill towards Bir, the smaller and more unique is the selection of produce.
Entertainment & Activities
Mostly referred as the "Paragliding Capital of India", (usually ranked 2nd among the best paragliding experiences in the world), Bir offers a paragliding experience that will stay with you forever. Billing is the takeoff site for paragliding and Bir for landing; collectively it is known "Bir Billing". The village also hosted the Paragliding World cup in 2015 making it the first in our country.
Bir Paragliding Adventure
Mostly referred as the "Paragliding Capital of India", (usually ranked 2nd among the best paragliding experiences in the world), Bir offers a paragliding experience that will stay with you forever. Billing is the takeoff site for paragliding and Bir for landing; collectively it is known "Bir Billing". The village also hosted the Paragliding World cup in 2015 making it the first in our country.