At the hotel, we freshened up and had a very heavy breakfast, after which we decided to just roam around wanting to soak into nature’s beauty. Paragliding in Bir sure left us exhausted. But there are many things to do in Bir. We made our way to the Bir Road, where the market is located. It is supposedly the busiest place of the town which sprawls with a number of shops. After spending some time (and some shopping) in the market, we headed towards the Tshering Jong Monastery. The monastery is a 15 minute walk from the market, located before the Tibetan Colony. The monastery is beautifully decorated, and on the opposite side, you’ll find a field with Prayer flags strewn all around.
Around lunch time, we decided to do what we do best – eat. A lot. And eat we did. And let me tell you, the cafes at Bir? The aesthetics are drop dead gorgeous. While the paragliding experience was exhilarating, eating in Bir was my next favourite thing to do. (Bir has given me unrealistic expectations for cafés everywhere we go now.) We came across so many pretty cafes along the way and we had a hard time choosing where to eat. Tons of cafes have cropped up in Bir given the huge crowd that comes here. What better way to chill after the adrenaline rush you felt after paragliding in Bir?
First, we decided to eat at this place called the Garden Café. This café is situated towards the end of the Tibetan town, away from the landing site and near Tsering Jong Monastery. The Garden Café also has rooms for people to stay. The café has gorgeous décor, and you have the option to dine outside, or inside. Tables are set outside in a beautiful garden, and there is also a garden set up on the first floor. Since it was hot, we decided to sit inside. We ordered a coffee and an affogato, with a fresh whole-wheat Tibetan Bread. Since everything was made fresh, service took a while. While the coffee and the affogato were good, the Tibetan Bread didn’t really have any taste to it.