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Bir - The Paraglider's Nest


Bir is among the popular tourist destinations of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The major population of the town comprises refugees from the neighbouring country, Tibet. This place is popular for its various centres for spiritual studies such as the Deer Park Institute and the Dharmalaya Institute.

Tourist Places In And Around Bir

Apart from the study centres, Bir is an adventure sports destination too. Referred to as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, numerous Paragliding spots are present in this region. In the month of October, every year, the Department of Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Government of Himachal Pradesh hold a 'Paragliding Pre World Cup' event here. This popular global level paragliding competition draws a large number of visitors every year.

Further, travellers here can try their hands on another adventurous activity called hang-gliding. Introduced in 1980s, this sport is gaining popularity day by day. Since 1984, Bir has hosted three international and five national Hang-gliding events. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation, or HTDC, provides training courses for this sport every year.

Travellers can also visit the Chikling Gompa, the Bir Tea Factory, and the Tibetan Colony. The place is also an ideal location for nature lovers, as they can go for nature walks here.

How To Reach Bir

The destination can be easily reached via the popular modes of transport. The closest domestic air base to Bir is the Pathankot Airport, situated at a distance of about 150 km. The Indira Gandhi International Airport, or IGI Airport, situated in New Delhi is the closest international airport to the place. The nearest rail link to Bir is the Pathankot Railway Station that connects to other parts of the country. Travellers can easily avail buses for Bir from cities such as Chandigarh and New Delhi.

Best Time To Visit Bir

Travellers can visit this beautiful hill station at any time of the year, as it possesses a pleasant weather all year long.

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How to Reach Bir

  • By Road
    Buses to this beautiful hill station are easily available from places such as Delhi and Chandigarh. The bus fare from New Delhi is around INR 300 per person.
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  • By Train
    The Pathankot Railway Station is the main railhead to the destination. This railway station has excellent connectivity with cities like Jammu, Delhi, and Amritsar, apart from others. Travellers can hire taxis after reaching the railway station for Bir.
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  • By Air
    The Pathankot Airport is the nearest air base to Bir, situated at a distance of around 150 km from the city centre, which connects Delhi and Kullu. Tourists can hire taxis in order to reach the city centre. The nearest international airport to Bir is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) at Delhi located at a distance of around 513 km.
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