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 in 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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5 Things to do in Bir Billing this winter season –
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 in 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 a 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 till 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 one.
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 uphills. Don’t feel underconfident about your strengths, that uphill has downhill too. So, it’s a good idea of cycling in the mountains.
You can reach Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society by taking a cab or bus.
Andretta Pottery by Cab from Bir
The cabs in Bir will approximately take around 45-50 mins and the charges are around Rs 400 – Rs 500 per person from Bir itself for one side journey.
Andretta Pottery by Bus from Bir
You can take a bus from Chaugan Chowk till Baijnath or Paprola and then towards Andretta which will merely be going to cost you less than Rs. 100 per person for one side journey. But the time taken to reach Andretta Pottery studio can go up to 2 hrs.
You can spend your quality time in learning pottery and I think; that might be a new and interesting thing to learn.
The following options are available –
The first option of a full guided tour – In this session, you will be given training of the whole process for 45 mins which will be going to cost Rs. 650/-
The second option– This will be a session of a short duration of around 15 mins which will be going to cost Rs. 150/-
You can also volunteer at Andreeta Pottery for about 3 months in which food and stay are up to them but for volunteering opportunities you have to contact them that when they are accepting volunteers.
You are left to freely explore the Pottery and also you can buy pottery from the showroom.
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 of 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 scenic beauty that it surrounds throughout the journey. You can also walk till 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?
And straight forward answer is definitely a Yes.
Paragliding is closed only in monsoon seasons and in winters you can see the snow-clad mountains all around and flying at that time will be so much fun.
I know if you are scared of heights you will be very frightened at the start but as soon as the first few moments pass away you will feel like a bird who just wants to fly as far as possible.
Few things to keep in mind before choosing the travel company to paraglide with –
A. Check the company license and for how long they are into this business.
B. Confirm that the pilot is well trained with a license and having years of paragliding experience.
C. Ensure that the piolet will guide you a bit about how the paragliding goes; to control your nerves before the take-off.
D. You must be properly equipped with all safety measures taken before flying.
Confirming important things before will help you in building trust with the company as well with the pilot.
The charges for paragliding will range around Rs. 2000 – Rs. 2500 (Including GoPro video) depending upon the paragliding company that you choose.
The flight will be of enchanting 15-20 mins which you will remember for the lifetime.
The overall conclusion arises here is that not only summers but winters are good for exploration too.
Life is meant to be lived outside the comfort zone to see the unseen.
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