Bir is on the edge of a forest that has been given a sanctuary status. Bir has found a place in the international paragliding circuit. The strong thermals and relatively consistent weather conditions have attracted paragliding enthusiasts from all over the country. At an elevation of 7,600 ft (2300 meters), the take off site is a small meadow at Billing 14 km from Bir. Bir ValleyIt is named after a Scottish officer, Captain Billing who served the British empire during the pre-independence era. For the truly brave at heart, let us fast track you on an intensive 2 week paragliding course. And for those who wish to enjoy the Kangra valley like a bird without the hassle of training, we will arrange a tandem paragliding for you with an experienced pilot. Bir has a large tibetan colony, which provides an interesting juxtaposition of cultures. The colony was built soon after the Dalai Lama was granted asylum in Dharamshala. The sprawling and ornate monasteries constructed by them add to the landscape in and around Bir. A visit to any of these will be worth your while. Bir, and the resort is a paradise for bird watchers because of its vegetation and climate, which includes pines and Cedar (Deodar) forests. Many trekking routes to Manali and Chamba originate from Bir.