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 Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh)

Introduction: Bilaspur is a city and a municipal council in Bilaspur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.

History: The area that is now Bilaspur district was formerly known as Kahlur, a princely state of British India. The ruler acceded to the Government of India on October 12, 1948, and Bilaspur was made an Indian state under a chief commissioner. The state of Bilaspur was merged with Himachal Pradesh on July 1, 1954, and became Bilaspur District.

Description: The district is famous for the manmade Govind Sagar Lake on the Sutlej River which acts as the reservoir for the Bhakra and Nangal Dam project. The road bridge on this lake at Kandraur is highest of its kind in Asia. Its headquarters are in the town of Bilaspur.

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  • Bilaspur Geography and Climate

    Geography: Bilaspur is located at 31.33° N 76.75° E. It has an average elevation of 478 m (1568 ft). It lies near the reservoir of Govind Sagar on the Sutlej River.

  • Bilaspur Orientation

    Administratively, the district is divided into three tehsils, Ghumarwin, Bilaspur Sadar, and Jhandutta. Jhandutta was created out of Ghumarwin in January 1998. Naina Devi is a sub-tehsil of Bilaspur Sadar, and was created in January 1980.

  • Bilaspur Distance(s)

    Distances to Major Stations from Bilaspur:
    • Kullu - 154 km
    • Manali - 195 km
    • Nangal - 94 km
    • Bhakra - 91 km
    • Naina Devi Ji - 70 km
    • Swarghat - 42 km
    • Shimla - 86 km
    • Kandrour - 10 km
    • Ghumarwin - 20 km
    • Ghagas - 12 km
    • Markand - 22 km
    • Barmana - 20 km
    • Sunder Nagar - 43 km

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    Bilaspur Festivals and culture

  • Bilaspur Religious Places

    Religious place


    Ratanpur was once the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is situated about 25 km from Bilaspur on the Katghora Road. According to the locals, the place had an importance in all the 4 yugs (ages) of Hinduism - Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwaapar yug and Kal yug.

    The ruins of an old fort can also be seen. The old fort has an attractive stone sculpture over the frame of the Ganesh gate. The entrance gate of the old fort has Shiva's Tandav dance and statues of Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. Inside, there are the Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples.

    An 11th century temple, dedicated to Goddess Mahamaya, is also located in Ratanpur. The temple was built during the reign of Calturi the king of Raja Ratnadev.

    Ratanpur is also home to a temple of Baba Bairavnath, with a nine foot tall idol. At the palace of Ramtekri there is a temple of Ram Panchayat. At the top of the hill is the Laxmi Temple, also called Ekbira Temple. There is also the Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.

    The Dargah of Musekhan is in the town of Juna, nearby.

    Mallhar (Saravpur)

    Mallhar is about 14 km from Bilaspur. It has remains from 1,000 BC onwards. 10th and 11th century temples can also be seen here.

    Temples in Mallhar

    The Pataleswar Kedar Temple - the Gomukhi shivling is the main attraction here.

    The Didneswari Temple belongs to the Kalchuri regime.

    The Deor Temple has artistic idols.

    Talagram, about 25 km from Bilaspur, is known for its "Deorani-Jethani" temple. This has a huge seven foot high statue, that's four feet wide and weighs eight tons.

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    Bilaspur Entertainment and Night Life

  • Bilaspur Adventure

    There are provisions for water sports speed boats and ferry rides. In October and November, when the water level of the reservoir is at its peak, a series of regattas are also organizing by the department of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water scooter racing are popular water sports activities during this period.

  • Kidding around Bilaspur

    Bhakra Dam: Bhakhra Dam, the highest straight gravity dam in the world situated in Naina Devi Sub-Tehsil about 14 km from Nangal town occupies the predominant position amongst the places of tourist interest.

    Gobind Sagar Lake: The Gobind Sagar on river Sutlej, has been created by the Gobind Sagar Lake huge hydel dam at Bhakra and is named in honour of Gobind Singh the Tenth Sikh guru. One of the world's highest gravity dams, the Bhakra rises 225.5 m above its lowest foundations.

    Kandrour Bridge: The very beautiful and fascinating Kandrour Bridge is 8 km from Kandrour Bridge Bilaspur on National Highway No-88. It is across the river Satluj. Its construction was started in April,1959 and was completed in 1965. The span of the bridge is about 280 meters with a breadth of about seven meters and the height above the lowest river bed below is about 80 meters, making it one of the highest bridge in the world. It is ranked first in Asia for its height. It has provided a link between Bilaspur, Ghumarwin and Hamirpur district, and is a marvellous engineering feat. The pillars supporting the bridge are hollowed. The bridge was opened by Shri Raj Bahadur, Minister of Transport in 1965.

  • Lake at Bilaspur

    Gobind Sagar Lake

    Gobind Sagar Lake over the Sutlej River is a huge reservoir and is the result of Bhakra Nangal, the world’s second highest gravity dam. It is a major landmark of Bilaspur District. It covers an area of 170 sq km and its length extends up to 90 km. The lake is named in honor of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last guru of Sikhs.

    In October and November, the water level of the reservoir is at peak and a series of boat races are organized by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The water sports activities such as water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water-scooter racing can be enjoyed during this timeA wide range of facilities such as speedboat and ferry rides are available to explore the lake. The mountaineering institute here conducts water sports festival every winter.

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