5 Enjoyable Things to do in Bir Billing this Winter Season
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4 Must Places to Visit in Bir Billing this Winter Season

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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.

Must to do things in Bir Billing

Toy Train Ride

Toy Train in Himachal - Baijnath Paprola Railway Station
Toy Train in Himachal – Baijnath Paprola Railway Station

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

Toy Train time table in Baijnath Paprola Railway Station
Toy Train time table in Baijnath Paprola Railway Station
Toy Train fare list in Baijnath Paprola
Toy Train fare list in Baijnath Paprola

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

I had written a whole article on how to use an e-cycle in the mountains because I just loved the e-cycle ride and wanted you to experience it as well.

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.

Also Read, My Bir Billing Wondrous Experience in less than 1000 words 

Bir Monasteries

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)

Nyingyang Monastery

Nyingyang Monastery in Bir
Nyingyang Monastery in Bir

– 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

Tsering Jong Monastery in Bir
Tsering Jong Monastery in Bir

– This monastery is close to Chaugan Chowk and also 5 mins of walk from the Volvo bus stand.

Chokling Monastery

Chokling Monastery in-between Tibetian market
Chokling Monastery in-between Tibetian market

– Chokling Monastery is present in the Tibetan market and 10 mins of walking distance from the bus stand.

Palpung Sherabling Monastery

Palpung Sherabling Monastery in Upper Bhattu
Palpung Sherabling Monastery in Upper Bhattu

– 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.


Bir Billing Paragliding in the winter season
Bir Billing Paragliding in the winter season

Now, most of you thinking that paragliding and that too in the winter season?

Also, read, How is it like to spend winters in Himachal vs winter’s in Goa?

And straight forward answer is 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 as 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 a 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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I hope you will travel to Bir Billing in the winter season not to escape but to explore.

Until then keep traveling.

See you on the roads.

Vansh Tiwari
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