About Bilaspur Himachal
Bilaspur is the first planned hill town of India, Bilaspur is surrounded by lush hills and scenic beauty. Bilaspur is a town which is partly 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 m. above sea level. The new Bilaspur Township can be truely described as the first planned hill town of the country.
Site seeing through Motor Boat in Himachal ( Gobind sagar lake Motor Boat)
The pleasure Bilaspur visit increases multifold as this is the only town in Himachal pradesh, where site seeing is available through the motor boat ( Steamer) gliding through cool and enchanting waters of the Gobind Sagar lake.
Water Sports in Bilaspur Himachal
Gobind Sagar Dam, The large man made water body has become a game centre where both adventurous water sports and fishing thrive side by side. "The Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports" – water sport centre at Bilaspur provides training to enthusiasts in water skiing, rowing, sailing and kayaking. Tourists can hire paddle boats or can speed through in a motor boat on the Gobind SagarLake. All necessary equipment is available at Bilaspur.
Water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water scooter racing are popular water sports activities during this period. Major attractions of the lake include ferry rides and water sports like speed-boating.
Paragliding at Bilaspur
The ridge top of Banda overlooking Bilaspur has become vantage take off point for the adventurous paragliders to fly down into Luhnu ground as the landing site.
Nalwari fair in Bilaspur
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. For accommodation, Himachal Tourism's Hotel Lake View and pvt hotels are available at Bilaspur.
Attractions around Bilaspur, places to visit around Bilaspur
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.
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.
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.
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
Tiun fort Bilaspur ( Best forts in Himachal)
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 short of Ghumarwin take the road to Harlog from Ghumani chowk. About 3 km from Harlog lies the Tiun village, an isolated and desolate spot. A 20 minutes walk uphill through difficult goat path strewn with boulders, bushes and brambles, takes you to the fort.
Sariun fort ( Best Forts in Himachal)
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 m above MSL. It is about 58 Km from Bilaspur. Tradition holds that the fort was originally built by 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.
Sh. Naina Devi ji ( ShaktiPeeth Devi mata temple in Himachal)
Shri Naina Devi ji temple is situated on a beautiful hillock, about 60 km from Bilaspur and about 20 km from Anandpur Sahib. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. According to a belief, once Shiva's consort Sati, died to avenge an insult. The distranged Shiva picked up her corpse and gyrated in his horrific dance of destruction. Then Vishnu, the preserver, unleashed his Chakra and cut the body into 51 pieces to save the earth from Shiva's wrath. Naina Devi, is where Sati's eyes are believed to have fallen. Nearby is the holy cave in the name of Shri Naina Devi. A big fair during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra & Ashwin, fairs commemorating the goddess are held here.
Bahadurpur fort Bilaspur ( Best Forts in Himachal)
On the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur the highest (1980 m) point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, 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. The area is now being developed with proper facilities, forest walks and some other adventurous activities.
Deotsidh temple ( Baba balaknath temple)
The cave temple of Baba Balak Nath is thronged by devotees all the year round. It is situated on the Dhaulgiri hills on the border of Bilaspur and Hamirpur (40 Kms from Bilaspur and 45 Kms from Hamirpur) and is well connected by roads from all sides. During Navratras, there is a continuous stream of visitors to receive blessings of the Baba and Government makes arrangements for stay in tented colonies and provides water, toilets and other essential services. Additional accommodation and installation of rope way to Shahtalai is expected to attract more tourists. Shahtalai associated with legends of the saint is about 5 km from Deotsidh. En-route Deotsidh, one can enjoy pleasing sights of Bhakra Dam as well as of Shri Naina Devi temple complex. Nangal, the gateway to Bhakra dam is about 100 km from Hamirpur.