The beautiful town of Bilaspur is the first ever well planned hill town of India. Spreading over an area of 1,167 sq km, Bilaspur town is situated in the Satluj valley. The district housing Bilaspur town rubs shoulders with Una, Hamirpur, Mandi and Solan districts. The river Satluj passing through the district adds more charm to it. The best time to explore Bilaspur is from September to December. The history of Bilaspur goes back to the 7th century. It is nestling with seven hills namely Naina Devi, Kot, Jhanjiar, Tium, Bandala, Bahadurpur and Rattanpur.
Tourist Attractions of Bilaspur
Nalwari Cattle Fair
Celebrated for around five days, the Nalwari Cattle Fair of Bilaspur is a grand event. The fair is held in March/ April every year and lures visitors from far and wide. Many exciting activities are a part of this fair, including wrestling. The owners of the cattle decorate their cattle beautifully before bringing them to the fair as this is the time when they get an opportunity to strike great deals.
Almost in ruins now, Bahadurpur Fort sits on a hill at a height of 1980 m. The fort is nestling with beautiful deodar trees. Built around 1830, the fort is located at a distance of around 40 km from Bilaspur.
Shri Naina Devi Temple
Located on a hill facing a busy bazaar, the Shri Naina Devi Temple is a beautiful looking temple. One can reach the temple either by taking the stairs or by taking a cable car.
Located at a height of 1500 m, the Sariun Fort was raised by the king of the erstwhile Suket state. Later it was captured by the ruler of Bilaspur.
It is a fascinating cave located on the left bank of river Satluj. It is said that Vyas Rishi meditated in this cave in the ancient times. Today it is a known pilgrimage of Himachal Pradesh.
It is one of the most famous lures of Bilaspur as it is the highest straight gravity dam in the world. Covering an area of 168 sq km, the dam is 90 km in length. It offers panoramic vistas of the nestling jungles.
Raut Nach Festival
The people of Himachal Pradesh love dancing which reflects in their annual Raut Nach Festival. This dance festival is mainly the festival of the cowherds of the state. It is held in the month of December every year.