Tourist Places and Attractions in Bilaspur

Tourist Places and Attractions in Bilaspur

Shri Naina Devi ji
Shri Naina Devi ji temple is situated on a beautiful hillock, about 60 Km from Bilaspur and about 20 Km from Anandpur Sahib. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. According to a belief, once Shiva's consort Sati, died to avenge an insult. The estranged Shiva picked up her corpse and gyrated in his horrific dance of destruction. Then Vishnu, the preserver, unleashed his Chakra and cut the body into 51 pieces to save the earth from Shiva's wrath. Naina Devi is where Sati's eyes are believed to have fallen. Nearby is the holy cave in the name of Shri Naina Devi. A big fair during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra & Ashwin, fairs commemorating the goddess are held here.

This is a famous shrine about 20 Km from Bilaspur, in tehsil Sadar named after renowned 'Rishi' Markandeya who lived and worshiped there. According to a legend a tunnel connected Markand and Vyas cave and the two 'rishis', Vyas and Markandeya used to visit each other through this sub-terrain path. In addition to a shrine there is also a water spring of ancient fame where a night fair is held annually on 'Baisakhi' day.

Bhakra Dam
Situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 Km upstream from Nangal Township, it is one of the highest straight gravity dams in the world. The lake is about 90 Km long covering an area of about 168 sq Km of which 90 percent is in Bilaspur and 10 percent in Una district. The dam was dedicated to nation by late Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru on November 20th, 1963. The view of vast dam and green jungles around is fascinating indeed.

Swarghat is ideally situated about 40 Km. off Bilaspur on the Bilaspur-Chandigarh road. Perched at an elevation of about 1220 mt. from sea level. Naina Devi temple and Bhakra Dam are also approachable from here. There is a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narain.

Vyas Cave
The name of sage Vyas is well known in these parts. It is situated at the foot of the new township; the belief is that Vyas Rishi meditated in this cave. The origin of the town, Vyaspur is believed to have been derived from this cave. The Vyas Rishi of Mahabharata fame philosophy of life in meditation in this cave, which lies on the left bank of river Satluj. It is a place of pilgrimage.

Bahadurpur Fort
On the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur the highest (1980 m) point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, about 40 Km from Bilaspur. The range is embellished by a beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees. It is just 6 Km above Namhol. From this high place the Ratanpur Fort, Swarghat, the Fatehpur Fort, the Naina Devi hill, plains near Ropar and the mountains of Shimla can be seen. This Fort was built prior to 1835. The area is now being developed with proper facilities, forest walks and some other adventurous activities.

Sariun Fort
To the eastern side of the Tiun range, on the lifty range and peak of Sariun like this stronghold at an elevation of about 1500 m above MSL. It is about 58 Km from Bilaspur. Tradition holds that the fort was originally built by Raja of the erstwhile Suket State and was subsequently wrested by the ruler of Bilaspur; the local people entertain a superstition according to which the stones once forming part of the Fort are not used in any residential building.

Kandrour Bridge Bilaspur
The Kandrour Bridge is a very old link between the Bilaspur and Hamirpur District and was built in the year 1965. This beautiful bridge is worth a visit as it is built across the Sutlej River and is one of the highest bridges in the world. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Bilaspur on the National Highway 88. The stunning beauty around the bridge and the scintillating Sutlej River, makes Kandraour BridgeBilaspur's one of the most important tourist attractions.

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