Bilaspur

Bilaspur district liew between 31.1230 and 31.3545 North latitude, 76.2345 and 76.5540 East Longitude in lesser himalaya. It is bounded by Mnadi in North, Hamirpur and Una in west and Solan in South. The River Sutlej flows through the district.

bilaspur, himachal pradesh

Bilaspur town situated on the bank of river Sutlej is the headquarter of Bilaspur District. It is the third less populated dstrict in Himachal. Bilaspur has a population of more than 3.82 Lakhs and literacy rate of 85.87%.

Shri Naina Devi temple in the district is a very famous Hindu Shrine and thousands of devotees visit the temple through out the year. However in Navratra the temple witnesses a huge crowd of pilgrims. The temple has been connected by rope way from Anandpur Sahib, which offers an easier and comfortable way to reach Sri Naina Devi Shrine.

There are two hydropower stations on Sutlej river Dehar Power House and Kol Dam at Mandi Bilaspur boundry. Gobind Sagar Lake on Sutlej river forms the reservoir for Bhakra and Nangal Dam Projects. Gobind Sagar reservoir is 90 k.m. long and encompasses an area of approximately 170 sq. k.m. Gobind Sagar lake also offers a variety of water sports activities include boating, water skiing surfing, Rowing etc. 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.

Paraglifing is also an option for adventure activities in the district. Bandla Top is the take of point. It offers a flight of about eight hours to reach the landing spot at Luhnu. There is a beautiful cricket ground on the bank of Govind Sagar at Luhnu.

Himachal's first cement factory was established at Barmana in Bilaspur by ACC. Barmana Truck Union is the largest truck union of Himachal Pradesh.

Geography and Climate

The district is mostly hilly but has no mountain range of higher altitude. The elevation of the district ranges from 290 metres to 1980 metres. There are seven main ranges in the district namely Naina Devi, Kot, Jhanjiar, Tiun,Bandla,bahadurpur and Ratanpur.

Main river of Bilaspur is Sutlej(Satluj). It enters Bilaspur in Kasol and leaves at village Naila. Gambhar Khad, Seer Khad are other streams of the district.

History at a Glance

Bilaspur District was formerly known as Kahlur, a princely state of British India. The old Bilaspur town was founded by Rishi Ved Vyas. The ruler acceded to the Government of India on 12 October 1948, and Bilaspur was made an Indian state under a chief commissioner. The state of Bilaspur was merged with Himachal Pradesh on 1 July 1954, and became a District of Himachal Pradesh.

Fact Sheet

  • Area:
    1,167 km2
  • Population:
    3,82,056
  • Literacy Rate:
    85.87%
  • Language:
    Hindi, English, Pahari
  • Tehsils:
    Bilaspur Sadar, Ghumarwin, Jhandutta.
  • Sub-Tehsils:
    Shri Naina Devi Ji, Bharari.
  • Sub divisions:
    Bilaspur and Ghumarwin

Places of Interest


VYAS GOOFA :
The name of sage Vyas is well known in this part and in fact he must have frequently roamed about in this area, from Thaneshwar to Rohtang wherein river Vyas emerges and there is a pond called VyasKund. It is situated in the foot of new township. It is believed he meditated in this cave.

KANDROR BRIDGE :
This bridge is 285 meter long and suspended over a ravine that is 60 meter high. The bridge is considered an engineering feat.

MARKANDA :
This is a famous shrine, 20 km from Bilaspur named after renowned Rishi Markandaya. A fair is held annually on Baishakhi day. Water from natural spring here are reputed to have curative effects on some skin diseases.

FORTS :
The Bilaspur district has many facts of ancient time which are worth visiting. Some of these are Bachhretu Fort, 64 km from Bilaspur, Baseh Fort 70 km, Kot - Kahlur Fort 40 km from Bilaspur and Rattanpur Fort 21 km.