After a goodnight sleep we woke up at 7am, got ourselves some breakfast, dismantled our tents and set ourselves free to fly like birds. This was truly one of the best experiences I've ever had and to look at it all come true was remarkable and liberating. The whole journey of getting this together made me feel super good and proud. Since all my activities were a part of the package I had booked I had not additional fee that I was charged for the recreational facilities I opted for.
Otherwise paragliding for about 15-30 mins is priced at about INR 2500 and depending on whether you want a go pro or not you are charged an additional INR 500 and then upon landing there is a photographer who has clicked you while you're landing which is charged additionally at INR 200-300 for about 8-15 pictures which is again optional however all these services one way or the other are to be paid directly and can be decided on the spot whether you would want yo opt in or out.
While you're up in the air all you want to do is cherish each moment and enjoy every minute spent up there l because you just won't get enough of it. The landing site is just in the main Bir market so you can always take a stroll around and see the many monestaries that our present in the town of Bir. I decided to stop at this really cute joint called Ilaka which recently opened its doors and has made a mark for itself in a very short down if time. Whether it is the decor, or their amazing cushions the place is a must visit there. They're know for their fusion Momo's and they just hit the sweet spot. All the restaurants in Bir are only open till 10pm and to not drive liquor do you would have to make your arrangements accordingly. As per my schedule this was meant to be my last day in Bir and I had ticked mark everything on my checlist apart from exploring the monestaries. I decide I would take up a wash and change room, rest it out a little while decide the next stop. After narrowing down my options I zeroed down on Dharamkot and decided I want to take the toy train from Baijnath and get off at Palampur while I would have my cab driver with my bags drop me off and pick me up from the respective stations while continue to drive me to Dharamkot which is a very short drive uphill from Dharamshala and is less commercial than it's neighbor.
I had negotiated a price of INR 1600 with a cab agency that was recommended by the manager at the guesthouse to pick me up, put me on the train get me off and then drove to Dharamkot which I think was the best decision ever now looking back. I took the last train that departs Baijnath at 4:30pm whole it was expected to take is about 2 hours or less to get to Dharamkot depending on the traffic at McLeod Ganj market choke point where you could get stuck for a bit as it attracts thousands no of tourists for different reasons, one major one being the Holy Dalai Lama temple.
While i had three hours before I kick-started this journey I decided to go on a walking trail seeing all the Monestaries by foot while explore the local market and each of these Monestaries were more beautiful than the other. Just the vibrations, the people and the calm in the sir would make you feel you're in God's very own home.
I quickly did all that I had to so I could bid BirBilling adieu in the hope that I would return again. The guesthouse that I was put up at was Paul Manor which was situated right in Chowgan Chowk. My total booking package through Camp Oak view was INR 10,600 +5% GST for two nights and there days, all activities included for a single person. Thus the total amount spent for this expedition was INR 11,130 all inclusive for the stay and excursions + INR 1300 towards my bus ticket say about INR 2000 towards miscallaneous expenses including 3 go pro video for INR 500 and wash&change room at Paul Manor for INR 500. The total of the trip thus far amounted to approximately INR 14,500.
My cab driver was absolutely anazing, knew his ways around and was kind enough to show me around this gorgeous tea state on our way from Palampur to Dharamkot and the entire journey took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
I had made prior reservations just before leaving Bir at this newly opened hostel/co-working space called Alt Life through Booking.com and had a 9.3 rating which made my decision that much easier. Nishant the manager there is a young Finance professional who now chooses to work there and help the promoters running this place. The place was better than what I expected it to be and honestly changed my perception about hostel life in India as this was my first such experience. I took up a one bed in a 6 people dorm and the rooms and public spaces were extremely welcoming. A perfect decision to start the next phase of my solo trip.