A small, pure Himalayan village by the name of Bir resides in the Kangra Valley, just a couple of hours away from the famous hill station of Dharamsala. Not yet popular as a mainstream tourist destination, and thankfully so, Bir is home to the most beautiful Tibetan monasteries. However, this is the second most famous thing about Bir. From the moment you are in the vicinity of the village, a glance upwards will show you tiny flying people, who took off from the paragliding take off site in Billing, which is 14 Km upwards from Bir, and are now flying over Bir and would land on the designated landing site in Bir. Bir-Billing is India’s best destination to paraglide after all. The only paragliding hostel, Zostel Bir, in Asia is located in this quaint Himachali village. It is home to monasteries and Tibetan learning centres. There are also a few mountain biking trails in and around Bir, which would cater perfectly to your need of being as close to nature as possible.
ROOMS & DORMS
A private room (Ensuite) with all the luxuries! For the ones travelling solo or as a couple.
With a smell of perfume, instead of boys' socks. Sorry boys! (Ensuite)
Make some new friends in our spacious shared dorm. (Ensuite)
For the ones travelling solo or as a couple. (Ensuite)
Bir Village - Chougan, P.O. BIR, Tehsil Baijnath, Dist-Kangra, Chougan, Himachal Pradesh 176077
It was an awesome stay and very supportive staff (especially Devesh). I got to meet lot of new like-minded people, who also happen to be my friends now :)
It is always amazing experience with Zostel. Clean Rooms, Friendly Staff, Pleasure Environment. Zostel at Bir took my level of satisfaction one step ahead. The activities at Zostal Bir are awesome & super exciting. It's a best place to meet other travelers and to share experiences and moments.
Staff were very helpful and interactive. They organised campfires for the guest which made it easy for the guests to interact among themselves. The common area was nicely decorated.
Been there twice. Good architecture and awesome graffitis! Food is very good. The roof top shack is another distinct feature of this place. Perfect place to grow you backpacking network :) They also help out with bicycle rentals, nearby treks and tandem paragliding sessions.
The staff was very friendly - always willing to help and swap a story or two if one is willing to chat.They had a small patch in the garden where they grew vegetables and most of our meals were cooked from those farm fresh veggies.They are well connected with the villagers around.
"Zostel has always been on top of my stay list. Bir Zostel was a very pleasant stay. The staff is super friendly and makes you feel like a part of the family. Great place to meet travelers and collect some amazing stories from them.If you are in Bir, Zostel is the place to be in."