Nestled in the beautiful Kangra valley is Bir, the best Asian paragliding spot. Soaking into the calmness and serenity of this place as you walk along the streets covered with Tibetan prayer flags and monks passing by you know you have landed just in the right place. Popular among adventure sports enthusiast Bir is the land of monasteries and monks that was established almost 50 years back.
My recent visit to Bit happened to be an impromptu one, and so one fine evening I boarded the bus all excited to be welcomed by my friend Pallavi who was already stationed there for some work. Having done paragliding here a few times earlier, I don’t mind giving it a skip. This time my agenda was strictly loitering and walking around, exploring cafes and eating to glory in this Wi-fi low zone.
If you think Bir is all about Momo’s, believe me, you will be surprised by the variety. Here is my reco of the few of the hot-spots for indulging in Bir as your satiate your hunger and laze your way. Don’t forget that cafes here open at their own sweet time, no rush, no hurry.
Nothing posh about this café, but this one surely gives the message if save the environment and make it plastic free loud and clear. Right next to the landing site, this café is run by a brother-sister duo. This quaint little café which is actually a mud hut is carefully crafted with waste and is the best example of eco-friendly café in today’s age. The food and beverage menu is kinda limited, but don’t be disheartened. I had ordered a French toast and a nice Cold coffee, while my partner in crime wanted to dig into some waffles. The only thing I can say is that till now I can savour the taste of those French toast.
Bookworms will find this place pretty cozy. The place is loaded with travel books, fiction, and nonfiction which you can indulge into while you sip in your cuppa. This laid-back cafe is that perfect choice for book and coffee.
Ever thought of finding hot pipping rasam and chana that too as complimentary all the way in Bir? Sounds like a happy deal right? This is Avva café for you. Right opposite to Silver lining café is this South Indian eatery in Bir. From Podi dosa to some amazing Medu Vada with Sāmbhar and chutney, to Poha, and not to miss the Filter coffee that’s made to perfection, this café is the product of an inspiration of a son who was persuasive enough to convince his father to open a café in this quaint corner of the country. So all the way from Andhra Mr Anil has opened Avva café (Avva is Ma in Telegu) and as you ask him how he finds it here, happily admiring the lush view “It’s much peaceful here and I find my happiness”.
The star attraction here is Bira & Mira, two Pahadi bitches who happily wag their tail to every customer who visits here. on a quirky note once you are here you get to see this note- KINDLY WRITE YOUR ORDER & PLEASE WAIT IN PATIENCE. WE SERVE FRESH HOME-MADE FOOD!! Ain’t this cool?
The beautiful cabanas are the first thing you will notice about this café. Seasonal flowers lit up the garden here and as you step in the rustic feel of the place gives you that cozy feel. Place yourself comfortably either on the chairs or the low sitting cushions that are placed. Run by the wife of an Ex-army man, this pizzeria is Rina Handa’s third project. Back in India after shutting her café in Auckland and Rina headed to Bir to open this happy little space.
The Gliders boast of delicious hand-tossed pizzas cooked in wood fire ovens in the heart of Bir. Situated very close to the landing site, Rina is always there for a quick friendly greeting and chit-chat. The happy staff there makes sure you get the best of what your order. So while here your go to should be the wood fire pizza along with some garlic bread and along with something soothing to drink. As you wait for your order to arrive dig into some books or some board games. Let’s give my phone addiction some break.
June 16th Café
Wondering what’s with the name of this café? This is the date of love. Run by a young couple, the same signifies the date they expressed their love for each other. And just like their love this place is cozy and sees a warmth that makes you come here more than once. Their strong coffees are their USP and be sure to reach well before 9 pm. They rarely take any order post 8:45 pm.
The café might not have a great view, but worth spending time here. With a little hands on personalization, they make the experience worth it. Tea lovers will love it here as they store the fav Anandini Teas for a great experience.
So as you fly high in Bir, here are the top few picks to make your tummy feel happy as you relax into the wilderness on this small little town. Barring these don’t forget to dig into some of Bir special homemade Momo’s, some Thukpa and indulge in some small streetside eatery.