Thinking of heading to a snowy place and spending some time with your family and friends?
Consider going to Bir Billing in this winter season.
But why Bir Billing in winters you must be thinking? right?
I have reasons for you to visit Bir Billing this winter –
A. Less crowd in peak winters as compared to any other snow region.
B. Quite place away from the city bustle.
C. You can indulge in adventure sports in Bir Billing.
I think these reasons are quite enough to make you explore Bir Billing in the winter season by making you come out of your cozy blankets.
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Must to do things in Bir Billing
Toy Train Ride
Toy Train ride is still on many people’s list and was mine too at one point, but I rode a few days back.
i.e, tick marked ✅.
Okay, coming back to the point. You can ride the toy train from Ahju railway station.
Ahju is just 5-10 mins of walk from Bir road but due to some reasons, the toy train from Ahju station will not be available.
You have to go to Baijnath Paprola railway station to experience a ride on the toy train.
How to reach Baijnath Paprola railway station from Ahju
From Ahju bus stand, take a bus towards Paprola.
The distance between Ahju and Paprola is 10 km and the bus will be going to charge Rs 20/- per person.
You will reach your destination in the next 20-25 mins.
The bus will be dropping you at walking distance from Paprola railway station.
The toy train has a schedule and only runs at a certain period in a day.
(You can check the time table and fare chart listed below in the image
If you are going in the afternoon, the departure time of the toy train is 2:10 p.m. and you can go to Pathankot from the Toy Train.
Also, if you are looking for a shorter ride then you can hop out at Majheran which is the very next station to Baijnath Paprola or Panchrukhi, or directly Palampur which is the major city station amongst the listed ones.
The Toy Train fare from Paprola railway station to Palampur is Rs. 10/- and you have to take a bus from Palampur to reach back to Bir.
Yes, this toy train will go to Kangra and then Pathankot.
One of the best things about this toy train journey is that you will get scenic views from the window side.
Note – Don’t try to put your heads out of the moving train and also don’t try to travel without a ticket. The result will be costly.
Mountain cycling is pure love, to be honest without a doubt because an ordinary cycle will be going to test your patience and stamina but an e-cycle makes the work a lot easier because it’s a paddle assist cycle.
I would personally recommend to try both and share your experience with other fellow travelers.
But let me again remind you that the mountain has a lot of uphill. Don’t feel underconfident about your strengths, that uphill has downhill too. So, it’s a good idea of cycling in the mountains.
Tibetan Monasteries in Bir will be counted among the most looked out things in your Bir trip apart from Paragliding.
Am ‘I right, But why?
Because of the culture and discipline, they exhibit in their words and actions.
Bir Monasteries to visit –
(taking Volvo bus stand as a common point)
– If you are coming to Bir by taking an overnight Volvo then Nyingyang Monastery is hardly 1 min walk away from the Volvo bus stand.
Tsering Jong Monastery
– This monastery is close to Chaugan Chowk and also 5 mins of walk from the Volvo bus stand.
– Chokling Monastery is present in the Tibetan market and 10 mins of walking distance from the bus stand.
Palpung Sherabling Monastery
– 7 km away from the Bir Billing landing site, this monastery has been best traveled on cycle or two-wheeler because of the scenic beauty that it surrounds throughout the journey. You can also walk to the monastery but the time taken would be around 2-3 hrs.
Now, most of you thinking that paragliding and that too in the winter season?