7 Out of the Box Things Apart from Bir Billing Paragliding
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7 Out of the Box Things Apart from Bir Billing Paragliding

This post was recently updated on September 1st, 2021

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Bir Billing is known for Paragliding and is considered as a heaven for paragliders from all around the world. But you’ll be excited to know that there’s a lot of things to do apart from Bir Billing Paragliding for sure.

There’s no doubt that Paragliding will remain the talk of every trip. But, there’s so much to explore in this small town of Himachal Pradesh that would be beyond imagination.

What image do you make in your mind when someone says out-of-the-box thinking?

Yeah, in reality, it’s possible & doable.

The same thing goes with this article that, in reality, the list is doable and will make your trip to Bir Billing entertaining.

1. Visiting Andretta Pottery Studio

Visiting Andretta Pottery apart from Bir Billing Paragliding
Andretta Pottery Studio Entrance

Andretta Pottery Studio is India’s oldest working Pottery Studio & is located in the town of Andretta. The distance between Bir Billing to Andretta Pottery Studio is roughly around 24km.

If you are fascinated about creating something from your hands, then it’s a must place to visit in your Bir Billing Trip.

How you can reach Andretta?

There are two options available for you to reach Andretra from Bir Billing –

  1. Bus – You can catch a bus from Chougan or either Bir road to Baijnath. The distance from Bir to Baijnath is around 15km. After reaching Baijnath, you’ll need to take a bus to Paprola. If you got a direct one to Panchrukhi. Andretta comes much before Panchrukhi, so keep your eyes on the roads & the conductor too ?. The bus journey will be going to take time around 2-3hrs. But at the same time, it will be cost-effective as well.
  2. Hired Cabs – You can get cabs from the Bir market conveniently. If you’re a group of 3-4, then shared cabs will do your work efficiently. The taxi will directly be going to drop you at the gate of the Andretta Pottery & Crafts Society in about an hour or so.
Handmade Art at the Pottery
Handmade Art at the Pottery

You will be excited to know that you can even do a course on pottery making & the techniques involved.

I know you must be thinking how exciting this would sound to get your hands dirty in creating your art and giving it a shape. Bang on!

A person self practicing the process involved in pottery making
Self-learning from one of the sessions

You must check out the Andretta Pottery Studio website for the necessary info.

Mountains, Peace, Creating art that’s how it goes. You can take sessions from the experts and even hands-on experience too, but you’ll be charged for a certain period.

The process of letting the clay dry
Letting the clay dry on the wall

At Andretta Pottery Studio, you can spend plenty of quality learning time. Even a whole day would be less for someone who loves to create his art & style.

Note – Why restrict yourself to just your desired destination! You can explore around the town of Andretta on your foot.

2. Visiting Paragliding Take-Off Site Again after Paragliding

Must out of the box thing to do apart from Bir Billing Paragliding
Seeing others fly without any nerves

It’s almost 100% damn true that tourists visit the paragliding take-off site only for their paragliding experience.

But, how does it sound to again visit the take-off site?

For your own paragliding experience, you will be reaching & straight away your fly starts in about 10-15mins. You don’t even get time to soak in the vibrant energy present in your surroundings.

Reasons to visit the Paragliding Take-Off site again after your Paragliding Experience –

  • Watch the energetic & enthusiastic solo flyers that will take your breath away with their practice & determination for paragliding.
  • For the priceless emotions of the flyers who are just going to fly soon.
  • You can capture the paragliders as they prepare, run & fly in the air.
  • You can spot the mountain peaks from the top.
  • To enjoy the bumpy journey to the take-off site again with a relaxed and tension-free mind.
Pilot getting prepared for his fly
Pilot getting prepared for his turn to paraglide

How to Reach the Paragliding Take-Off Site

The distance between bir to billing take-off site is 18-20km approx., that would take around an hour.

The question is how you can reach again when you are not going Paragliding. Because when you go Paragliding, a jeep comes to pick you up with your pilot & glider.
You can reach again –

  • Rent a two-wheeler – You can rent a two-wheeler and can enjoy the scenic 18 km road trip ride to the take-off site. Renting a two-wheeler is available in the market on a minimum per day basis until you need it. It’s more beneficial because you can stop anywhere you wanted & explore that area.

Note – The road to the Billing take-off site is very rugged and bumpy. Therefore, you must drive very slowly & carefully & enjoy your ride.

  • Hitchhike or take a lift – My personal favorite hitchhiking. Many jeeps take the people for the paragliding experience on that route. But why will they let you get in the jeep? Honestly, it depends upon person to person. Some will allow it while others refuse. If this didn’t work out. You can take a lift from your paraglider pilot that took you up for the paragliding experience. You can request them to take you along as they did before but not for Paragliding this time!
Watch people touching the sky from the billing take-off site
People flying from the Billing take-off site

Among these two options, if you’re not comfortable with a hitchhike/lift, then renting a two-wheeler is your way to go.

I would like to point out this as a must thing to do in Bir Billing.

How was this out-of-the-box thing apart from Bir Billing Paragliding? Let me know your experience in the comments.

Just a reminder – have safe driving on the mountain roads.

Also, Read – Half-Eaten Sun – An Unusual Tale of Exploration in the Mountains 

3. Cycling Downhill from Billing

Cycling Down from Billing apart from Bir Billing Paragliding
Cycles overloaded in a jeep till Billing

You can consider this point in continuation of the previous point.

Mountain cycling is among the adventure that requires a determination to complete your journey. Cycling Downhill from Asia’s Highest Paragliding Site is a Breathtaking Adventure in itself.

You’ll be reaching the Billing take-off site by Renting a two-wheeler or hitchhiking or by any idea of yours. 

How cycling works –

  • You can hire a jeep that will take your rented cycles up and then down from there. The jeep person will be taking around Rs.500 around. This option is suggested when you’re in a group of at least 2-3 people who are ready to do this adventure with you. You might have to disassemble the cycle if it’s not getting fit into your jeep. Later you can re-assemble when you reach your point.
Assemble the cycle when you reach Billing take off site
Assemble the cycle when you reach Billing take off-site

First and Foremost, from where to get the rented cycles?

You’ll be getting the rented cycles from the market, where you will be getting the bike as well. The market is not stretched out in a long distance where you need to search a lot. You will easily find various options in the market.

  • If you have enough stamina that you can take your cycle up on that 18km stretch on your own. “Hat’s off ” Other way this can be possible only –
  1. If you rent a fully charged e-cycle, you will only be needing the charging energy while going upwards & downwards. You just need to paddle and apply the brakes. If this is your option, then you should know how to use an e-cycle in the mountains.

Here’s a point to note again – Do not try to overtake or do a cycle race on the roads.

Spend some time or even hours up at the billing. You can get some snacks to eat & coffee to drink while watching adventure sports live.

Enjoy your time cycling down.

4. Becoming a Spectator in a Basketball Match

You mean what, when, where? Are you kidding!

Where does Basketball Match take place in Bir?

The students of Bir Sakya Lama School play Basketball almost every day or every alternative day at their school court in the evening. You can easily spot this school in a google search while you’re in Bir.

The enthusiasm & energy of the students will make you jump and join them for a game or even asking them to allow you to play with them. Anything will be fine.

The school is not a big city hype where a sky-touching building will make you look high in the air. It’s a small school, and you can easily stand leaning against the wall or maybe sitting somewhere to watch the match.

How about this dunk?

Becoming a Spectator in a Basketball match at Bir Sakya Lama School
Basketball match at the Bir Sakya Lama School

So, this can be considered a place to visit in bir billing.

5. A Trip to Barot Valley on a Local Bus

The Barot Valley is known for its jaw-dropping landscape beauty & trout fishing. By the way, you must take note of the seasons for trout fishing in the Barot Valley. The distance between Bir Billing to Barot Valley is almost 50km & a day trip could be made to explore the valley.

Barot valley on a local bus
Jaw-dropping morning from the Barot Valley

But since this post is about out-of-box things, we will be looking closely at traveling on a local bus instead of any other means.

Bir Billing to Barot Valley on a local bus –

  • You can find a direct bus from Bir Chaugan Chowk to Barot Valley.

Where is Chaugan Chowk in Bir?

Chaugan Chowk is just 15-20 minutes of walk away from the Bir Market area.

  • Daily local buses run between Bir to Barot, but there’s no fixed schedule timetable for the buses. In this case, you must take an early morning bus around 7 a.m from the Chaugan Chowk. The bus will arrive anywhere near that timing and will directly drop you at Barot.
  • The bus from Bir to Barot Valley would charge you around Rs.90 per person. (prices are subject to change)
  • The bus will take approx 3hrs to cover the 50km distance and reach Barot.
  • The bus journey to Barot will pass via Bir ➡️ Chauntra ➡️ Jogindernagar ➡️ Ghuma ➡️ Ghatasani ➡️ Tikken ➡️ Barot.

The bus will stop at Jogindernagar for passengers for a few minutes before making its way towards Barot.

You can explore the Barot Valley upon your arrival.

Beautiful Foggy Barot Valley just before the heavy rain
Foggy Landscape from the Barot Valley

Since you are traveling on a local bus, that means the backward journey should also be made.

Please note that after around 3-4 p.m no buses leave from Barot to Bir. Make sure to reach much before the last bus timing & also you can check with the locals for current exact bus timings.

Also, you will not be getting a direct bus to Bir from Barot, a bus to Jogindernagar. From there, you can catch a bus to Bir Chaugan Chowk.

I had summarised in detail here on How to Make a Short day trip to Barot Valley

6. A Walk/Trek till Dharmalaya Institute

Dharmalaya Institute is for compassionate living. It is situated in between a forest at the top of all. You can easily spot a Dharmalaya institute while walking a few distances from the Bir towards Dharmalaya Institute.

You can check out the Dharmalaya Institute website, the courses they offer, and other necessary information before your visit.

There’s a road that takes you to Dharmalaya, but this is an out-of-the-box article. Therefore, we will be talking about covering the distance while walking some footsteps & rest a bit of trekking in the mountains.

Please note that take proper guidance from the locals before hitting the jungle, or else you will be misleading your way through.

A walk through the jungle to reach the Dharmalaya Institute
A walk through the jungle to reach the Dharmalaya Institute

Just keep an eye on the road!

The view upon reaching the Dharmalaya Institute is top-notch as it’s situated at quite a height that one time you’ll feel almost standing equal with the flying paragliders.

Just Kidding, but yeah, the view will be breathtaking while walking or trekking in the mountains.

7. Trying Aloo Momo’s in your Breakfast

After a lot of traveling in the upper points, it’s now to fill some stomachs.

Aloo Momo as your breakfast and that too after quite an exploration or morning walk will give you a feeling of relaxation in the mountains.

You should not feel any difficulty in finding Aloo Momo in the Bir market.

That’s it from my out-of-the-box things to do apart from Bir Billing Paragliding.

Let me know if this had bought excitement to your trip or not.

The next time you’ll be heading to Bir Billing, make sure to add these to your lists.

Until then, see you on the roads.

Another helpful resource for your Bir Billing Paragliding trip –

  1. Delhi to Bir Billing – An Adventurous Solo Trip

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