About Bir

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OVERVIEW

 

Bir a small village in the foothills of Himalayas at around 1500 meters height, known for its Spiritual and Adventurous Aura.  Located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas bestowed with its mesmerizing landscapes and scenic attributes.

Surrounded by gigantic Nature, magnificent monasteries, gracious Temples, Bir is also home to Tibetan refugees.

The masses are native people and Buddhist settlements bringing a unique blend in the Spiritual, Cultural, Social, Gastronomical and Economic Heritage. A Tibetan colony is settled in the village of Chowgan near Bir and enrich the community with beauty and spirituality. This colony was established in the early 1960s following the exile of the Dalai Lama and other Tibetans from Tibet.

Bir offers a perfect climate for Body and Mind healing providing the best combination of Nature and Spirituality for getting rid of all psycho, somatic or combined miseries in life. It is a unique destination for peaceful retreat with the Indo -Buddhist knowledge and wisdom.

The charisma of Bir is more divine in the months of March to June and then August to beginning of November and ideal for the cure as well( though required season for the cure depends on each Individual). Bir is blessed throughout the year with six seasons, all enjoyable for different spectacular reasons.

Our Centre is located in the upper Bir, surrounded by lemon trees, wheat fields, goats, sheep’s and untouched peaceful natural beauty. Luxuriance and colors surrounds us : roses bend to offer their perfume, the green mountains overlook us with wisdom and protection, butterflies and rare species of birds sing their melody , rivers flow their passion through old rocks as sitting place; warm sunsets enchant the sky; everything is harmony , everything live at its rhythm far from the in-authenticity and erratic path of city lives.

To enjoy pictures please visit the Gallery page.

 

ACTIVITIES

Students, tourists, volunteers and other visitors come all around the world for  unique activities and opportunities in Bir and around.

Paragliding

Bir holded the 2015 paragliding world cup and is a famous site for flying competitions and unmatched view at an elevation up to 2400 meters.

Trekking

Due to its huge and masterly mountains and Shepherd’s paths, Bir is ready to be experimented on the long run.

Spirituality & Institutions

Deer Park Institute : study of classical Indian wisdom, lectures, workshops, reputed scholars and meditation teachers. Programmes include yoga, ecology, permaculture, Buddhism. There is also a small library and a little temple.

The Dharmalaya Institute : An eco-NGO devoted to education, service, and compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, and immersive ecotourism. Dharmalaya hosts work retreats and meditation retreats, providing opportunities for long-term volunteers and meditation students. Programmes include earthen building, vernacular eco-architecture, green job skills training for local villagers, organic farming, and a tree-planting project. Visitors must contact them via the website before visiting, as they are sometimes closed to visitors for silent retreats and special programmes.

Sherabling: An extraordinary Monastery around 30 min from Bir.

Chokling Gompa: Monastery with a large stupa offering programmes for its full-time monastic students, and periodically hosting Buddhist ceremonies open to the public.

Bir Tibetan Colony houses several Tibetan monasteries (representing the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Sakya traditions), a Tibetan handicraft center, a Tibetan Children’s Village school (Suja), a branch of the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang) and a medical clinic.

Tenzin Palmo : at around 12km from Palampur lives a nun who stayed for 12 years in a cave in the Himalayas. She is the author of the book Cave in the Snow and we can meet her on appointment.

Shopping & Nearby places

Bir holds a post office and various little shops for daily necessities ( food, shoes, clothes, etc. ).

Nearby is Chauntra village then Baijnath ( at around 40 min by car ) where lies one of the oldest Shiva Temple. Further is Palampur ( at around 1 hour ), a biggest city with shops and markets.

Dharamshala ( at around 2 hours ) in its lower section holds an Indian market and in its upper section resides the Mc Leod Ganj with the temple of the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan market and many institutes providing teachings.

 

To read more , you can visit the Wiki page here and here and the Bir website here.