Height: 785 m
Area: 4.12 lakh
Languages: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
This is another area situated at lower elevation and is comparatively warmer but has some hilly ranges covered with Pine forests. These hills can be developed for trekking and camping during winter months. This district was made in 1972 by carving it out from the Kangra district. It is well connected by roads from all sides and thus can be promoted as a tourist destination by developing some historical and religious places. At present the known attractions are Deot-Sidh, Temple of Sujanpur Tihra and Nadaun. Hamirpur town is the Headquarter of this District, which lies on Shimla-Dharamshala road.
By Road - Hamirpur is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Rail - The nearest broad gauge railway station is Una and nearest narrow gauge railway station is Ranital (Pathankot-Joginder Nagar railway line) and is connected by regular bus service.
By Air - The closest airport is at Gaggal which is approx. 83 Km far from Hamirpur where frequent bus/taxi service are available to Hamirpur.
Sujanpur Tihra -
24 Km from Hamirpur town and close to the district border of Kangra is the fort of Sujanpur. This place was the capital of Katoch Dynasty and the old fort is worth visiting. Popularly known along with its twin title 'Tira', this fort was built by Raja Abhaya Chand of Kangra in 1758. In the early 19th century this was the home of the famous Raja Sansar Chand - renowned patron of the Kangra School of miniature paintings. The fort has a Barahdari Hall, where Sansar Chand used to hold court, some shrines and excellent wall paintings.
There is a huge ground, where the annual Holi fair is held for 3-4 days, besides being used for sport activities. A Sainik school is also located here. It is also a religious centre. Narbadeshwar, Gauri Shankar and Murli Manohar are the three well known temples in the town. By the waters of the river Beas, the town has a charming setting and the river stretch offers good angling opportunities. This place is suitable for other adventure sports as well, such as angling, rafting and trekking.
Nadaun - It is situated on the Shimla-Dharamshala road on the banks of Beas River, 27 Km from Hamirpur town and 50 Km from Kangra. It is peaceful town with a good Rest House, an old palace and an ancient Shiva temple. This town became famous when the Kangra rulers shifted their capital here after they lost Kangra Fort to the army of Jahangir. However, it lost its glory when Raja Sansar Chand re-captured Kangra Fort and became the strong ruler of Kangra valley again. The palace building at Amtar still houses some of the paintings of that time. Shaktipeeth Jawala ji temple (14 Km) can be visited from here. This place provides excellent facilities for Mahaseer fishing in the Beas River. There are beautiful camping sites for anglers. Another attraction here is the river rafting to Dehra and further. In view of its beautiful setting, there is a famous local saying "Why he who goes to Nadaun should return?".
Deotsidh 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 Km from Bilaspur and 45 Km 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.
Places to visit
1. Indulge in Adventure Sports at Sujanpur Tihra.
2. Enjoy trekking and water sports at Nadaun.
3. Visit Deotsidh Temple to seek holy blessings.
Hamirpur 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.
Cultural programmes showcasing the folk music and dances of Himachal Pradesh and other states are held. The Hamir Utsav is celebrated in the memory of existence of Hamirpur District.
|Tourist Information Centre, Shimla||0177-2654589, 2654589, 2832498|
|Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shimla||0177-2625924, 2625864, 2625511|
|HPTDC's Marketing Office, Shimla||0177-2652561/2658302|
Temperature : Largely warm to hot in summer, and mild to pleasant in winter.
Clothing : Cotton clothes in summer and light woollen in winter.