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Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh


General Information about Bilaspur
1167 sq. km
Population: 3.40 Lakh
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and light woolens in winter.
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English

Information about Bilaspur
Bilaspur formerly the seat of the ruler of the State is now submerged in the Gobind Sagar, it was situated on the south east side of the Satluj. Bilaspur Township is situated just above the old town of Bilaspur at an height of 670 meters above sea level. The new Bilaspur Township can be truly

Bilaspur Himachal Pradesh

described as the first planned hill town of the country. The pleasure of a visit will be enhanced manifold when a motor launch is preferred as the means of travel, gliding through cool and enchanting waters of the lake. The Nalwari or annual cattle fair is held at Bilaspur for four or five days in March or April, the occasion is marked by wrestling and other amusements. Cattle are brought from Nalagarh and neighboring parts of Punjab.

Tourist Attractions in Bilaspur
The main tourist attractions in Bilaspur are Bahadurpur Fort, Naina Devi Temple, Sariun Fort, Tiun Fort, Vyas Cave, Swarghat, Bhakra Dam and Markandeya.

Bahadurpur Fort
Bahadurpur Hill is the highest point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, about 40 km. from Bilaspur. On the top of a hill is the Bahadurpur Fort. The hills are covered by a beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees. From its top, the Ratanpur Fort, Swarghat, the Fatehpur Fort, the Naina Devi hill, plains near Ropar and the mountains of Shimla can be seen. This fort was built prior to 1835, but is in ruins now.


Naina Devi Temple
A notable place of worship in the district is the temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji, situated on the hill top which rises some 915 meters above the sacred town of Anandpur Sahib in Ropar. The temple stands on the very summit of the hill above a small bazaar and is reached by a long flight of stone steps or by a cable car.

Sariun Fort
Sariun Fort is situated to the eastern side of the Tiun range, on the lofty range. It is about 58 kms. from Bilaspur. Tradition holds that the fort was originally built by same Raja of the erstwhile Suket State and was subsequently wrested by the ruler of Bilaspur, the local people entertain a superstition according to which the stones once forming part of the Fort are not used in any residential building.

Naina Devi Temple Bilaspur

Tiun Fort
The relics of the Tiun fort on the top of a hill known as Tiun range, about 55 kms. from Bilaspur, on the Ali Khad crossing Ghumarwin - Ladraur motorable road, reminds of the ancient times when wars in this area were perhaps a routine feature.

Vyas Cave

The name of sage Vyas is well known in these parts. The Vyas Cave is situated at the foot of the new township, the belief is that Vyas Rishi meditated in this cave. The origin of the town, Vyaspur is believed to have been derived from this cave. The Vyas Rishi of Mahabharata fame philosophy of life in meditation in this cave, which lies on the left bank of river Satluj. It is a place of pilgrimage.


Swarghat is ideally situated about 40 km. off Bilaspur on the Bilaspur - Chandigarh road. Naina Devi temple and Bhakra Dam, are also approachable from here. There is a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narain.


Bhakra Dam
Situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 km upstream from Nangal township, Bhakra Dam is one of the highest straight gravity dams in the world. The lake is about 90 km long covering an area of about 168 sq km of which 90 percent is in Bilaspur and 10 percent in Una district. The dam was dedicated to nation by late Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru on 20th November, 1963. The view of vast dam and green jungles around is fascinating.


Markandeya is a famous shrine about 20 km from Bilaspur, in tehsil Sadar named after renowned 'rishi' Markandeya who lived

Bhakra Dam Chamba

and worshiped there. According to a legend a tunnel connected Markand and Vyas cave and the two 'rishis', Vyas and Markandeya used to visit each other through this sub-terrain path. In addition to a shrine there is also a water spring where a night fair is held annually on 'Baisakhi' day.

How to reach Bilaspur

By Rail

The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kiratpur Sahib and nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla.

By Road

Bilaspur is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.


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