Bir Billing Paragliding
Bir Billing called as the "Paragliding capital of India". Bir Billing is best spot for paragliding aero-sport in India and 2nd best place for paragliding in world. If you are in an adventurous mood then head out to the Bir Billing Paragliding site. They charge 3000 Rs. for the ride and 1000 Rs. for your pictures and videos. The place has visitors from all over the world. Many solo paragliders fly at Bir-Billing regularly and it is a beautiful site watching them. http://flybirbilling.com/
Being the ‘Tea Capital of North India’, one of the prime tourist destinations are the lush and abundant tea gardens of this city. The town of Palampur gets its name from ‘Pulum’ which means ‘abundant water’. The region with its innumerable streams and brooks flowing automatically makes it a boon for tea plantations. Historically it was established as a town by Dr. Jameson who introduced tea plantation in the hill station, and the town grew as a famous centre for tea plantation within no time. What’s even more fascinating is that in every tea garden, a factory is also located nearby and the workers of these factories are evermore excited to give a free demonstration of the making of tea right from the processing of leaves to the final product.
A place of scenic beauty in the Palampur area, there are walking bridges, lakes and jungle parks in this area. The Saurabh Van Vihar is a major attraction here and this place is somewhat adventurous too. Come with a car only if you know how to drive well as the terrain is sloping. You can also enjoy some camping if you plan to stay here at night too.
Saurabh Van Vihar
This is a nature park dedicated to the Captain of Indian army named Saurabh Kalla who lost his life in the year 1999 during the Kargil War. He is also said to have had to tolerate a lot of torture by the Pakistani army for over 20 days. The park is a symbol of honour for all the brave hearts who had to lay their lives in wars to protect their countries. This park is known for the lovely greenery, shady trees and a lot of variety in terms of flora and fauna. Bird Watching is also an important activity to be enjoyed in this park. Overall, this park is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Palampur.
Zostel Bir, though a bit expensive, has a lot to offer. The Staff is amazingly helpful and provide you with all the information you need about the place. The rooms are amazingly done and so is the shack and the common area. It offers a complete hostel experience and I will suggest a stay at Zostel if going in a group.
If you just want good food then, this is the place. This is not a pretentious place with a classy ambience, but what it does well is what it is there for - food. The tourist might become a bit skeptical seeing the place from outside, but once you go in and taste that lip-smacking food, all the doubts go away. And, the best part is that this small place is slowly gaining popularity so much so that it’s difficult to find a place and might require waiting. But the food makes it worth it. It specialises in Indo Chinese cuisine and the prices are exceptionally cheap.
A well built, accessible and clean monastery that is built from Japanese funds. You can sit with the monks during their prayer time and witness the grand monastery. Around 500 monks live there and study various courses of Tantric studies. A place to experience Tibetan Culture at its best.
If you wanna treat yourself well, head out to Seclude Resort at Nagri. It is 12 kms away from Palampur, Himachal. The ride to the resort is a visual treat. And if it was snowing on the mountains, you are in for a view. Snow Capped Dhauladhar Range and add the beautiful flora, the serenity will pacify your soul. Seclude is a well ideated home stay. Brimming with greenery, a truly home like experience. Cottages are named on the colors. Our Cottage was called "Yellow". A recommended stay for every one visiting that side of the country. http://www.seclude.in/testimonials.html
Deer Park Institute
Don't leave Bir without visiting the Deer Park Institute. It is a centre established by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in March 2006 under the patronage of the Dalai Lama for study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. The centre has several practices, such as creatively reusing plastic material, and volunteering to teach children of the community.
A inventively created home stay by a New Zealander. Set amongst dense foliage in the artist's colony of Andretta against a backdrop of jungle & bamboo groves of the Shivalik Hills. The home stay is too green, with flora growing since years and the blueberries are a shoulder's distance away. The rooms have an attached balcony and the room is equipped with all the modern amenities. http://www.mirageandretta.com/
The most iconic of all is the Choukling Monastery. The monastery is a massive compound that serves as a complex for stupas, temples, monks' quarters and a three-year retreat centre. Choukling was established in the 1960s following the exile of Tibetans escaping the Chinese invasion. It is situated in the Bir Tibetan Colony and is easily reached on foot.