- Khaliq Parkar
- Lives in Mumbai
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Bir in Kangra had been on my cards since it sports not only a quaint settlement at the foothills of Dhauladar Mountains, but also one of the best spots in the world to Paraglide from Billing.More » « Less
The Colonel's Resort is a very fine and comfortable place to settle in at Bir - whether you are off for a trek, para-glide, or just lounge about in the gardens on wrought iron chairs, I would strongly recommend this resort.
The family-run place is very warm and welcoming. There are cottages with large clean, spacious rooms furnished with beautiful woodwork and good quality linen and quilts. They have large bathrooms with hot water which one needs in the cold winds that flow from the mountains. The bathrooms are also stocked with fine soaps and lotions so one need not worry about packing those. They are clean and bed tea is served before breakfast.
There are no televisions, and in my opinion it adds to the charm of this place. If the rooms are fully booked, or if you prefer to carry your sleeping bags, tents are available to be pitched on the grounds under the trees.
Their food is served in a lovely hall with great plate glass french windows overlooking the estate. The service is immaculate and the food delicious. There is no fixed menu you can order from, but the meals always have a great variety. They grow a lot of their servings on the estate, including their teas, the preserves served with toast in the morning or some of the fresh vegetables served for dinner. I even had the chance to sample the famous Mahseer fish once.
The Colonel or a member of his family is always around apart from the other staff so any service or lively conversation is always at hand. In the evenings they prefer to have a social setting where all guests are welcome to bonfires on some nights or community dinners which means there are people strumming guitars and some good travel conversation takes place.
The resort has two dogs that play around and do not bother the guests, and also has a couple of horses which you can give a hand at grooming.
The Colonel and locals (and sometimes the guests) offer rides in their car, otherwise there are buses and shared rides going to Baijnath which is the nearest town.
The high point of this stay is to ask the Colonel to make a reservation with the pilots to take you paragliding. You ride up from Bir (1400m) to Billing (2500m) and get strapped on with a licensed pilot who can take you as high as 3000 meters and float alongside eagles and then slowly fly down towards the Bir landing ground. Your flight can be anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours. You can carry a camera as well so it is a flight you will remember.
You can walk around Bir village which has a lovely Tibetan settlement which hand makes noodles and cafes to get pancakes and tea. There are taxis to hire to go to Dharamsala or any of the surrounding towns in the market. There are a couple of restaurants like Norling Garden Cafe (freshest veggies in a salad!), and Friends' Cafe (pancakes and momos!) around if you want to go for a walk towards the monasteries and Deer Park Institute (a spiritual retreat place with music, film, meditation, spirituality, environment programs).
The Colonel's Resort is quite a self-sufficient place that provides immaculate service, great food and allows you your own space for a nice retreat in silence or a screaming flight from the hills.
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- Abhay Tiwari
- Lives in Delhi
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Its great pleasure to stay to colonel resort in Bir, we went there with our family on 14th June 2012 letelly we enjoyed there till three days . Colonel JP and his wife Mis Pratibha was the great host and very carefull ,The place is very quiet and peaceful.We actually had a nice trip.More » « Less
The resort was nice , we had take breakfast and dinner there, good hygienic organic food, nice management, well dress staff.
We have planned to again visit there in August hopefully.
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Colonel's Resorts Overview
Colonel Resort is located in Bir Palace. This resort was opened to guests in 1997. The resort is 55 km away from Kamgra Airport and 150 km away from Pathankot railway station.
Rooms and Amenities at Colonel's Resorts
Colonel Resort has 6 Double rooms and an in-house restaurant. The resort also provide sightseeing packages to the tourists.
Hot water supply
Doctor on call
Colonel's Resorts Address
Himachal Pradesh - 176077
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