My Experience at Bir Billing Vallley
I don’t know Where to start from. I and my husband wanted to do paragliding; we checked the best places in India to do the same and found Bir Billing. Trust me we never heard of this place before. Our main purpose was to indulge in some adventurous activity. I did a lot of research for the best places to glide and stay and finalized Camp Oak View after having conversation. In our itinerary, we chose to do paragliding and trekking to a village. Firstly, we reached Baijnath on Friday from Delhi and Camp team sent us a car to pick us up from Baijnath. It was an hour’s drive, the roads were bit bumpy but once we reached Camp Oak View, we forgot the bumpy ride that we had. The place was just awesome , no words to express, neat and clean, amazing scenic beauty. Moreover, this site becomes even more beautiful, when you have the generous staff. In the camp team, there was a superb cook namely Saboo who very very talented and he cooked amazing food. On the day of our arrival, we did paragliding so we didn’t take anything heavy . The cook prepared a very light breakfast for us. Camp team explained us everything about Paragliding and they planned the entire day for us. First day went very well, our paragliding was wonderful, we came back late afternoon and Saboo prepared fresh lunch for us and chai in the evening. Thereafter, we explored the nearby places, local markets etc. In the night there was a bonfire, some good music, nice conversations and tasty food. On the second day, we were all set for village trek. Hot water was provided to us in the morning and whenever we wanted chai (Tea) was available. We were ready by 9.30 , there was a guide who came to take us to the village trek. Saboo gave us packed lunch and we started by 9.45. The guide was a 65 years old experienced man and I must say he was very fit, energetic and informative. For us, trekking to the villages was the first time experience, so I must advise that please do carry water bottle along with you, which can be filled later on from the mountains. The trek was superb, we crossed 03 mountains and some beautiful valleys , waterfalls and some very beautiful landscapes. Around 01:30 P.M, we reached our destination point and saw many old village homes. The guide took us to his relative’s place. It was an old house which was quite beautiful. In the house, there were many sheep’s and goats. We had our lunch at their place which had freshly prepared rotis and sabji. Weather was very chilled and we loved everything there. The villagers showed amazing hospitality that is unforgettable. This kind of warm hospitality, the experience of having pure indigenous food in the native rural homes is an experience one must go through once in a lifetime. The village is not at all connected by road , you have to be fit enough to do the Trekking. Now it was time to return back to our beautiful camp. We started back journey from the village by 3.15 P.M and on the way back the guide took us to his home which was on the way and we met his entire family. The location where his home was situated was mind blowing. We had chai (Tea) at his place and we spent almost an hour at his place. The guide told us many stories in the entire trek and we came back to the camp by 7.30. Our cook Saboo prepared some nice tea for us and we shared our whole experience with the camp manager, Saboo and a helper. Next day we started going back to Delhi. Our bus was at about to go at 04.45 in the evening. We left Camp Oak View with some wonderful memories which is to be cherished forever. On the way back, we visited Shiv temple in Baijnath and some monasteries. We shared our story with many people after our arrival at Delhi and recommended to visit this place once. The location was undoubtly amazing and the staff made it even more memorable. We would surely get in touch with the camp manager for our future trips since he was very courteous and knowledgeable.
At last, we wish loads of success for the camp Oak View team in future.
———————————————————————–Many cheers from Archana and Abhishek.