Bir is a place which is called the Buddhist town, so the foremost attractions to visit are the Monasteries. This place should also be known for imparting Knowledge and wisdom. I came to know about a very interesting establishment there; "Deer Park Institute"- located at the heart of Bir and neighbouring to my hostel, Gostops.It is an institution which offers the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. It is known to carry the traditions and spirits of Nalanda. Much to my surprise, all of the courses and classes are fully booked and next classes were also on waitlist. You can visit the institute and can familiarize yourself with their philosophy, library and their way of living and meditating. It offers full accommodation and all day learning workshops and meditation programs.
But people, dont worry ! Bir is not only about the calm experience of Buddhism and Monasteries . It has its own share of excitement and adventure....Paragliding !!Other than enjoying guided paragliding experience, you can also learn Paragliding here and take part in international championship as well. Lots of pilots have come from other parts of Himachal, Uttarkhand and Nepal to learn and make a career in Paragliding here. I met a Japanese girl who was learning paragliding for two months and was about to fly solo soon.
It seems very funny, but one of the key reason for my extending the stay in Bir is food. Yes... good food can make you do things unplanned :) Near to landing site of paragliding, there are lots of good cafes and eateries. Tibetan food is found everywhere very easily, but i also found very good south indian food there . Avva Cafe (@avva_cafe_bir) is owned and run by a very sweet couple of South India who had visited Himachal Pradesh first time in their 50s and then settled there itself. They have opened the cafe, serving authentic south indian food cooked by them personally. And its not the only place, June'16 cafe (@june16cafe_) was also on my daily visit list. To have coffee there with sunset views of landing site was real happiness. A beautiful couple who came to Bir on June, 2016 from Mumbai, but could not leave this place after that.