How to reach Bir?
By Air: Since there is no direct flight to Bir, one has to travel to the Kangra-Gaggal Airport which connects the national capital with Himachal Pradesh. The airport is located 12 km from Dharamshala, and 14km from the Railway station at Kangra. Bir is around 68 km from this airport.
By Road: With the Dhauladhar ranges standing tall, roads leading to Bir are picturesque. Several national highways connect Bir to adjacent cities, which make it easy to drive up to this beautiful place from anywhere in India. Luxury overnight busses are also available from Dharamshala, Palampur and Delhi to Bir. Tourists may also break the journey at Baijnath, wherefrom buses ply to upper Bir frequently. The total journey from Delhi (around 490 km) takes almost 13 hours to complete.
By Rail: While the nearest railway station is the Ahju Railway station, located 3 km from Bir, it is not well-connected to other cities of the country. Hence, Pathankot is the fully operational station nearest to Bir. One may hire a taxi for the 143 km journey from Pathankot to Bir.
Where to Stay in Bir Billing?
Bir Billing is one of the most idyllic places for a holiday, a retreat, or an adventure in the Indian Himalayas. The greater Bir area offers a range of accommodation options, including some of the best ecotourism destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
The places of stay are majorly concentrated around three main areas: Tibetan Colony, Chowgan and Bir proper.
La Maison is a boutique Bed and Breakfast situated in Bir. It offers cosy comfortable rooms for the family along with home-cooked meals.
Around 18 km from Bir, Taragarh Palace Hotel is a luxury heritage hotel set in a picturesque residential estate nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The property belongs to the royal family of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Set in Bīr, The Trippy Tribe and The Hosteller offer family rooms and dormitory beds. They have a shared lounge and terrace offering amazing views of the mountain.
Zostel in Bir is also a dreamy place to be!
Foreigners (anyone other than Indian, Tibetan, Nepali and Bhutanese) wishing to stay overnight in the Bir Tibetan Colony will need to apply for a Protected Area Permit (PAP) from the Indian Government.
Where to Eat in Bir?
Bir is famous for the momos and other Tibetan cuisine. Besides variety of soups and tea, the mutton momo served at the restaurant of Chokling Guesthouse (near the monastery) is highly recommended.