Bilaspur formerly the seat of the ruler of the State is now submerged
in the Gabind 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
670m. above in sea level. The new Bilaspur Township can be truely
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 / April, the occasion is marked by
wrestling and other amusements. Cattle are brought from Nalagarh
and neighboring parts of Punjab.
On the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur the highest (1980 mt.)
point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur,
distance about 40 km. from Bilaspur. The range is embellished by
a beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees. It is just 6 km. above
Namhol, from this high place 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
Shri Naina Devi Ji
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 mt.
above the sacred town of Anandpur Sahib in Ropar, The temple stands
on the very summit of the hill above a small bazar and is reached
by a long flight of stone steps or by a cable car.
To the eastern side of the Tiun range, on the lifty range and peak
of Sariun like this stronghold at an elevation of about 1500 mt.
above MSL. It is about 58 Km. 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.
Relics of a fort on the top of a hill known as Tiun range, at distance
of about 55 Km. from Bilaspur, on the Ali Khad crossing Ghumarwin
- Ladraur motorable road and about 10 Km. of Ghumarwin proper still
serves to remind of the ancient turbulent times when wars in this
area were perhaps a routine feature.
The name of sage Vyas is well known in these parts. It 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. Perched at an elevation of about 1220 mt. from sea level.
Naina Devi temple and Bhakra Dam, are also approachable from here.
There is a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narain. An ideal spot for
a quiet overnight's stay for the tourists. HPTDC, has recently constructed
a 8 room Hotel here.
Situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 km upstream from
Nangal township, it 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. Jwahar Lal
Nehru on November 20th, 1963. The view of vast dam and green jungles
around is fascinating indeed.
This is a famous shrine about 20 km from Bilaspur, in tehsil Sadar
named after renowned 'rishi' Markandeya who lived 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 of ancient fame where a night fair is held
annually on 'Baisakhi' day.
Cotton clothes in Summer and light woollen in winter.
Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people
engaged in tourism trade.
Bilaspur is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.
The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kiratpur Sahib and
nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla, which are connected
by regular bus services.
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