Hamirpur Tourism, Hamirpur Hotels, Tourism in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Hamirpur :

Hamirpur viewHamirpur is another area situated at lower elevation and 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 Tira and Nadaun. Hamirpur town is the Headquarter of this District, which lies on Shimla Dharamshala road.



 
 
 

Tourism in Hamirpur

Sujanpur Tira Tourism in Hamirpur is mainly concerned with Deotsidh, Baba Balak Nath Temple and Sujanpur Tira. Hamirpur provides a great religious escape to Baba Balak Nath Temple which attracts uncountable number of visitors throughout the year. There is a very old fort at Sujanpur Tira which is worth a visit, also the Annual Holi fair of Sujanpur Tira is very famous in Himachal. There are some famous places in Hamirpur i.e. Nadaun and Sujanpur Tira. There are some famous and important temples in Hamirpur i.e. Deotsidh Temple, Narwadeshwar temple, Murli Manohar temple, Tauni Devi temple. Especially the Deotsidh temple of Baba Balak Nath is a place of great religious importance in Himachal. A number of fairs and festivals are celebrated in Hamirpur i.e. Holi fair, Hamir Utsav, Baba Deotsidh fair, Ghasian fair, Awah devi fair, Chaniary fair, Piplu-ra-Mela, Sair fair (Ladraur), Baggi Mela, Tauni Devi fair, Markanda fair, Chet festival and Dushehra festival.

The Deotsidh temple of Baba Balak Nath is a place of great religious importance in Himachal. It is one of the most religious places in Himachal and is a great destination for religious people.

 

Hamirpur Access Routes


Delhi to Hamirpur :

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Sonipat - Karnal- Kurukshetra - Ambala - Ludhiana - Jallander - Pathankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Sonipat - Karnal- Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Hoshiarpur - Phatankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Sonipat - Karnal - Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Talwara - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Sonipat - Karnal - Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Solan - Shimla - Bilaspur - Hamirpur

Shimla to Hamirpur :

Shimla to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Bilaspur - Hamirpur

Shimla to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Solan - Chandigarh - Hoshiarpur - Phatankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Shimla to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Solan - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Talwara - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Shimla to Hamirpur
this route leads via Solan - Nalagarh - Kiratpur - Nangal - Una - Talwara - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Chandigarh to Hamirpur :

Chandigarh to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Chandigarh - Hoshiarpur - Phatankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Chandigarh to Hamirpur
this access route leads via Ropar - Nangal - Una - Talwara - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur - Hamirpur

Air Route :

As there is no Airport in Hamirpur thus no Air service to this town. The nearest Airport to Hamirpur is Gaggal (Kangra). Gaggal Airport is approx. 83 Kms far from Hamirpur and frequent bus / Taxiservice are available from Hamirpur.

Train Route :

There is no direct Train service to this town. The nearest railway stations from Hamirpur isUna (Broad Gauge Railway line) and Jawalamukhi Road (Narrow Gauge Railway line). Unarailway staion is approx. 80 Kms far from Hamirpur and frequent bus / Taxiservice is available from Una.

 

Hamirpur Quick Facts


Location
Hamirpur district is situated between 76°18' to 76°44' East Longitude and 31°52' to 31°30' North Latitudes.

Headquarter
Hamirpur (altitude 786 metres )

Altitude
varies from 400 meters to 1,100 meters

Important Distances
New Delhi 450km., Chandigarh 206km., Dharamsala 94km. Hamirpur is easily approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot. Good road from Kiratpur via Bilaspur-Ghagas-Gumarwin and from Shimla via Bilaspur-Ghumarwin have a large number of buses running regularly from all places within the state as well as from Delhi and important towns from Punjab and Haryana.

Area
4,121.9 km.

STD Code
+91-1972 or 01972

Police Assitance
+91-1972-222810

Fire Service
+91-1972-222533

Ambulance
+91-1972-222222

DFO Forest Department ( headquarter )
+91-1972-223217

Climate
The temperatures usually remain between 3°C and 39°C. Cold in Winter and Hot in Summer and Rainy from July to September. May and the begining of June are generally the hottest period of the year and maximum temperature in May is about 43°C and minimum about 28°C. The heat during the summer is intense.The maximum temperature on individual days sometimes reaches 45°C or more. During Cold season minimum temperature sometimes drops down to about 2 or 3°C.

Population
Total population of Chamba is 4,12,009 (according to Census 2001)

Best time to visit
All seasons. Hamirpur can be visited throughout the year as overall temperature remains warm most of the year except in extreme winter time when temperature drops down to 5°C.

 

Hamirpur Famous Places

photo : Sujanpur TiraSujanpur Tihra or Tira :
It is 22 kms. from Hamirpur town. This place had been the capital of Katoch Dynasty and the old fort is worth visiting. It has a huge ground, where the annual Holi fair is held for 4 days, besides being used for sports activities.Sainik school is also located here. It is also a religious centre.The well known temples are of Narbadeshwar, Gauri Shankar and Murli Manohar temple. This place is suitable for adventure sports like Paragliding, Angling, Rafting and trekking in and around this area.



photo : Nadaun Fort Nadaun :
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. It is situated on the Shimla-Dharamshala road on the bank of Beas River, 20 kms. from Hamirpur town and 43 kms from Kangra. It is peaceful town with a good Rest House,an Old Palace and Shiva temple. The Palace Building at Amtar still houses some of the paintings of that time. Jawalajee temple is also not very far and can be visited from here. This place provides excellent facilities for Mahaseer fishing in the Beas River flowing close by. Another attraction is the river rafting from this place to Dehra and further. There are beautiful camping sites for anglers. In view of its beautiful setting, there is a famous local saying
"He who goes to Nadaun, why should be return".

 

Hamirpur Famous Temples

photo : Deotsidh Temple Deotsidh Temple :
The cave temple of Baba Balak Nath is thronged by devotees all the year round. It is situated on the border of Bilaspur (70 Kms), Hamirpur (30 Kms) and is well connected by roads from all sides. During Navratras, there is a continuous stream of visitors to receive blessings of the Baba. Government makes arrangements for stay in tented colonies and provides water, toilets and other essential services. Additional accommodation and installation of rope way to Shah -Talai is expected to attract more tourists.


photo : Narvadehswar Temple Narvadehswar Temple :
Narvadeshwar Temple is situated in the Sujanpur town. It was built by the chief queen of Maharaja Sansar Chand. Artists belonging to the court of Raja has drawn vivid and beautiful pictures pertaining to Ramayana, Mahabharta & Bhagwat Puran and also of wild animals and birds.The temple has been constructed in the open ground. There are small temples constructed around the main temple of Sun, Durga, Ganesh, Laxmi Naryana and Mahisasur Mardini. The temple is over two hundred years old built in Bhitti style.


photo : Murli Manohar Temple Murli Manohar Temple :
It is situated in the historical chowgan of Sujanpur Tira. This temple is very old and is constructed in "Shikar Style". Images of Lord Krishna and Radha are placed in it. The wood work is covered with sculpture of unique scenes. There is an open courtyard near the temple where images of different Gods and Goddesses are placed. This temple was constructed during the reign of Maharaj Sansar Chand.

Tauni Devi Temple :
The temple of goddess Tauni- Devi is situated on the Hamirpur- Awah devi road at a distance ofabout 12 km from Hamirpur. The temple is more than 200 years old and a fair is held during the month of Asharh (June- July). A large number of people visit this temple during the fair. This goddess is considered as the sister of goddess Durga. People visit this place to get rid of rainy season deceases. The temple is well managed by a local committee.

 

Hamirpur Famous Lakes

photo : Gobind Sagar LakeGobind Sagar Lake ( district Bilaspur ) :
There is a very beautiful lake near district Hamirpur. It is an artificial lake formed as a result of the world famous Bhakra Dam on the river Sutlej in district Bilaspur. It is one of the world's highest gravity dams, the Bhakra rises 225.5 m above its lowest foundations. Under the supervision of the famous American dam-builder, Harvey Slocum, work began in 1955 and was completed in 1962. Incidently, Slocum had no formal training as an engineer, but his conceptions and designs had been proven successful. To maintain the level of water, the flow of the river Beas was also channelled to the Gobind Sagar by the Beas-Sutlej Link whish was completed in 1976. Today, this dam feeds electricity and water to several states of north India. Its reservoir - the Gobind Sagar - is 90 km long and encompasses an area of approximately 170 sq. km.
photo : Gobind Sagar Lake from far
As far back as 1962, the Gobind Sagar was declared a 'water fowl refuge' and even today, hosts a variety of water and shore birds. Fishing is a regular activity and fifty-one-species and sub-species have been recorded. The varities found, include Labeo Dero (Gid), Tor Putitora (Mahasheer), Mystus Seenghala (Singhara) and mirror carp and allied species. Fishing licences may be obtained from the Department of Fishers at Bilaspur.

Water sports are available - as are speed-boat and ferry rides. In october and November, when the water and water level of the reservoir is at its peak, a series of regattas are also organised by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water-scooter racing become available at this time.

Other Attractions

Connected by a rop-way, the shrine of Naina Devi overlooks the Gobind Sagar. The adjoining wildlife sanctuary holds Sambhar, wild boar, barking deer and red jungle fowl. Several old forts and the towns of Swarghat and Bilaspur are near the Gobind Sagar. Bilaspur has a large sports complex. The mirror carp hatchery is also accessible from the lake.

 

Hamirpur Fairs and Festivals


Fairs in Hamirpur

Holi Fair :
It is held in the month of March every year. Especially the Holi Mela of Sujanpur in district Hamirpur is very famous. It is the festival of colors. People all over Himachal come to participate in it. A week long fair provides wholesome entertainment through various games, songs, dances, folk dramas and skits performed by local artists/ Business activities are also in full swing throughout the week.

Hamir Utsav :
The Hamir Utsav is celebrated in the memory of existence of Hamirpur Distt. with Cultural programs show casing the folk music and dances of Himachal Pradesh and other states. It is a very famous fair in Hamirpur and celebrated with full enthusiasm. It is celebrated in November.

Other Important Fairs :
Baba Deotsidh fair, Ghasian fair, Awah devi fair, Chaniary fair, Piplu-ra-Mela, Sair fair (Ladraur), Baggi Mela, Tauni Devi, fair Markanda fair are worth mention. All these fairs have religious sanctity and commercial importance for local people.

Festivals in Hamirpur

Chet :
(Dholru) is the first month of the lunar year and the first day of the month is cellebrated with a belief to bring hapiness and prosperity. This festival is known as Chatrali in Kullu and Dholru in Bharmaur area of Chamba district. In district Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur, first day of Chet month hold special importance.

Dushehra :
Celebrations of Dushehra are same in all the places of India. It is celebrated on the month of Spetember or October. On Dashmi - 10th day of celebration, people make a bonfire of effigies of Ravna, Kumbhkarna and Meghnatha. It symbolises victory of good over evil. Dushehra of Kullu is famous all over the world.