Bir is a small town located about 65 kilometers from Dharamshala and is home to a large Tibetan exile community due to which it is also known as ‘Mini Dharamshala’. But, that is not what it is really famous for!
At an altitude of 1,525 meters, it is most known for India’s best paragliding experience.
How to reach?
HRTC operates buses regularly for Bir from almost all nearby major cities. If you are coming from Delhi, you can board the bus from Inter-state Bus Terminal (ISBT). There are no direct buses for Bir though. Most of these buses will either drop you at Baijnath and then you will have to board another bus to reach your final destination.
Second option is hiring a cab which is the fastest and most convenient way of getting to Bir from Pathankot or Dharamshala, but it is also by far the most expensive, so if you come by cab, please consider sharing the ride with others.
There is no particular Railway Station in Bir. The Pathankot Railway Station (112.4 km) is the main railhead to the destination while the nearest narrow Gauge Station is in Ahju, barely 3 km from Bir. A toy train runs from Pathankot to Ahju. The toy train ride will take you around 7 hours to get to Bir.
Alternatively, you can board any HRTC bus heading for Baijnath from Pathankot, will take about 5 hours to complete the journey.
There is no direct flight connectivity for the city of Bir. Kangra Airport, which is 67.6 km away, is the nearest airport. But, the flights are comparatively expensive.
So, the best option is to fly to either Chandigarh (290 km) or New Delhi (520 km) and then start your journey to Bir from there.
Go there to experience the adventure of paragliding. If you aren’t the too-adventurous type, then explore the beautiful places around, enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas, or relish the Tibetan food.