Bilaspur, a quaint hill resort renowned for its resplendent natural beauty, is nestled among the magnificent Himalayan mountains in Himachal Pradesh. It also appears on lists of unusual honeymoon destinations in the state because of its peaceful seclusion and serene and tranquil surroundings. The city also has many religious attractions, historical buildings, scenic landmarks, and adventure experiences, making it one of the best holiday destinations for visitors. The following are some of the district’s must-see attractions.
Top 10 Places to visit in Bilaspur
1. Bhakra Nangal Dam
The Bhakra-Nangal Dam, on the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, is Asia’s second tallest dam. It is a concrete gravity dam in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India, that spans the Satluj River. The Dam was measured from the road above it, which is 518.25 meters long and 9.1 meters wide. Its reservoir, Gobind Sagar, has a capacity of 9.34 billion cubic meters. It is India’s second-largest reservoir after the Indira Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh in terms of water storage.
2. Gobind Sagar Lake
The unmatched scenic view of rolling hills and plains overlooking the cerulean blue tint of the human-made reservoir of the Gobind Sagar lake is a captivating sight to behold. The massive Bhakra hydel dam created the Gobind Sagar on the Sutlej River named after Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru. The Bhakra is one of the world’s largest gravity dams, rising 225.5 meters above its lowest foundations. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and an atmosphere of tranquillity at every turn due to its location and proximity to the Himalayan ranges.
3. Vyas Cave
Vyas Cave is another well-known tourist attraction with utter importance in Bilaspur that draws visitors from India. This cave is located near the city’s edge and is known for the revered sage Vyasa, who meditated for many years. Saint Vyas wrote the epic Mahabharat, and the town of Bilaspur is named after Rishi Vyas, originally known as Vyaspur. The Vyas Cave, situated on the Sutlej River’s side, is a wonderful place to explore.
4. Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple
Shri Naina Devi Ji is one of Himachal Pradesh’s most popular places of worship. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas where Sati’s limbs fall on Earth, and it is situated in the district of Bilaspur. This holy place attracts many pilgrims and devotees throughout the year, but particularly during Shravan Ashtami and the Chaitra and Ashwin Navratras. During the months of Chaitra, Shravan, and Ashwin Navrati, a special fair is held, attracting millions of visitors from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and other parts of the world.
5. Kandrour Bridge
On National Highway No. 88, 8 kilometers from Bilaspur, is the stunning and fascinating Kandrour Bridge. It is located on the other side of the Satluj River. The bridge has a span of about 280 meters, a width of about seven meters, and a height of about 80 meters above the lowest river bed below, making it one of the world’s highest bridges. For its height, it is ranked first in Asia. It is a magnificent engineering feat that connects Bilaspur, Ghumarwin, and Hamirpur districts. The pillars that carry the bridge have been hollowed out.
Koldam Hydropower Station is a Satluj River embankment dam located upstream of the Dehar Power House. Near Barman, Himachal Pradesh, India, it is 18 kilometers Bilaspur on the Chandigarh-Manali Highway (NH-21). The dam’s main function is to produce hydroelectric electricity, and it will be able to accommodate an 800 MW power plant. The dam was designed by the National Thermal Power Company (NTPC). Picnickers frequent the dam because it is surrounded by natural scenery and provides a fast escape from the city.
7. Fort of Kotkahlur
The fort is a few kilometers away from the Ganguwal Hydroelectric Station. It is located on Naina Devi Hill. The fort of Kotkahlur is the most historically significant of the historical sites. Raja Bir Chand, Raja Kahal Chand’s ancestor, founded Kot Kahlur, a palace-cum-fort. A small temple to Naina Devi with a stone idol is located on the upper storey of the fort.
8. Fort of Bacchretu
Bachhretu is a quiet, lovely town on the western slopes of Kotdhar, about 3 kilometers south of Shahtalai. The height is 3000 feet above sea level. Baccarat, in the district of Bilaspur, has a small ancient fort. Kot Hill is home to the well-known Bacchretu fort. Kot Hill is 30 kilometers long. The location offers a spectacular and expansive view of Gobind Sagar and the surrounding hills. Raja Ratan Chand of Bilaspur, who ruled from 1355 to 1406, built the fort. The relics are obviously over 600 years old and show that the fortress was rectangular in form. The longer arms measured about 100 meters and the shorter arms measuring about 50 meters and was made of hammer-dressed stones.
9. Fort of Tiun
The ruins of this fort can be found on the top of the Tiun range, a 17-kilometer-long hill located about 45 kilometers from Bilaspur on the Ali Khad crossing Ghumarwin-Ladraur motorable route. It’s about ten kilometers from Ghumarwin proper, and it still serves as a reminder of the region’s turbulent past, when wars were perhaps a regular occurrence. It was founded in 1142 Vikrami by Raja Khan Chand. The fort is said to have once held Raja Kharak Chand’s uncle as a prisoner.
10. Thakurdwara of Auhar
Autar is a town in the district of Bilaspur, located in the center of the state. It was the capital of the princely state of Bilaspur. Rani Naggar Dei established the famous Thakurdwara of Auhar as a result of its significance. She also built a chhatwain (a water tank with a roof) and an inn for the travelers to stay in. The idols of ‘Shaligram’ and ‘Narsingha’ were installed in the Thakurdwara. Beautiful mural paintings adorn the temple’s walls. The Department of Language and Culture has contributed funds to the Thakurdwara’s repair.
If you are a devotee, Bilaspur also has a number of other temples worth visiting. Otherwise, all of the best spots have already been listed. Please share your thoughts in the section below.
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