Height: 1167 sq. Km
Population: 3.40 Lakh
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
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 a height of 670 m. above sea level. The new Bilaspur Township can be truly 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 neighbouring parts of Punjab. For accommodation, Himachal Tourism's Hotel Lake View and pvt hotels are available at Bilaspur.
By Road - Bilaspur is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.
By Rail - The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kiratpur Sahib and nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla.
By Air - Nearest airport is at Chandigarh.
Shri Naina Devi ji: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 estranged 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.
Markandeya: 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.
Bhakra Dam: 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: 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 an 8 room Hotel here.
Vyas Cave: 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.
Bahadurpur Fort: 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.
Sariun Fort: 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.
Places to visit
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1. Be at the famous night fair on Baisakhi at Markandeya.
2. Visit Bhakra Dam, the largest dam of India.
3. Visit the pilgrimage at Vyas Caves.
4. Forest Walking and indulge in adventurous activities near the
5. Watch the Fair and participate in the religious festivities
at Shri Naina Devi ji.
Bilaspur has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes.
HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices
Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available.
Baisakhi night fair at Markandeya: In addition to a shrine of Markandeya, there is also a water spring of ancient fame where a night fair is held annually on Baisakhi.
Shri Naina Devi ji fair: A big fair during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra & Ashwin, fairs commemorating the goddess are held at Shri Naina Devi ji temple, situated on a beautiful hillock, about 60 Km from Bilaspur and about 20 Km from Anandpur Sahib.
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Temperature : In winter the temperature is mild and summers are hot and pleasant.
Clothing : Cotton clothes in Summer and light woollens in winter.