Bir Music Festival
The Bir Music Festival, launched in 2020, is described as a “pahadon ka tyohaar” or “festival in the mountains”. The event, held twice a year, is held over two days in the Himachal Pradesh village of Bir. Popular independent musicians such as Deepak Rathore Project, Osho Jain and Shubhank Sharma have performed at its three editions or seasons so far. Folk-fusion band Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe will headline the fourth instalment of the Bir Music Festival in June 2022. It will also feature and Hindi rock group Apricot and singer-songwriter Saby Singh. As always, in addition to soaking in the performances, attendees can participate in art, dance and yoga sessions.
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How to Get There
How to Reach Bir-Billing
1. By Air: There is no direct flight connectivity for the city of Bir. Kangra Airport, which is 67.6 km away is the nearest airport that connects Bir to the rest of the country. Other airports close to Bir are those of Amritsar (260 km), Chandigarh (290 km) and New Delhi (520 km).
2. By Rail: There is no direct rail connectivity to Bir. The nearest broad gauge station is in Pathankot, which is 112.4 km away, while the nearest narrow gauge station is in Ahju, which is just 3 km away. A toy train runs from Pathankot to Ahju.
3. By Road: Regular bus services ply to and from the city. They operate on a daily basis from places such as Shimla and Dharamshala. You can also hire shared taxis for the same route.
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- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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