History in Bir Billing
Bir's main attraction, if any, is the presence of many great Tibetan lamas, and their monasteries. Except for the para-glider community, which is growing, most visitors come to this strong Buddhist environment seeking spiritual adventure. Between Bir and Chauntra (the village below), not less than five big temples, active with many monks, pujas, and celebrations going on all year long. Unfortunately, there is not a single nunnery and very few nuns. Most of the greatest lamas of Tibetan Buddhism have been guests in this small village: Dilgo Khyentse, 16th and 17th Karmapas, Kamtrul Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen, Chagdud Tulku, Khandro Tsering Chodron, Penor Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Ongtrul Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Tai Situpa, Sakya Trinzin, Trulshik Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse, Pema Wangyal. Dzigar Kongtrul, Dzongsar Khyentse, Orgyen Topkyal and Choling Rinpoche have their own mansions in Bir.