One of India’s first planned hill station, Bilaspur is situated in Himachal Pradesh, which is formerly named Kahlur. The main attraction of this place is the artificial Gobind Sagar Lake which offers a picturesque landscape. The Gobind Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a heavily visited spot by the tourists. Built by Raja Bir Chand, the temple of Sree Naina Deviji is situated on a hillock and is a place of tourist interest. There are other temples in Bilaspur like the Laxmi Narayan Temple worshipping Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, the Markandeya Ji Temple dedicated to Rishi Markandeya, the Nahar Singh Dhaulra where Baba Nahar Singh is worshipped, etc. The Bhakra Dam and the Koldam Dam built over the river Sutlej are other places that attract tourists.
It is believed that Rishi Vyas stayed in the Vyas Cave of Bilaspur while performing penance. Rishi Vyas is the author of Mahabharata. It is another place of tourist interest.
The Bachretu Fort built by Raja Ratan Chand and the Kahlur fort or the Kot-Kahlur is two huge forts to be visited while staying in Bilaspur. The Tiun and Sriun Forts facing each other have an immense historical significance. The site of the ruins of the Bahadur Fort offers excellent scenic beauty.
One can indulge in adventurous activities like paragliding during their stay in Bilaspur.
Best time to visit Bilaspur
The best time to visit Bilaspur is during the winter months of October, November, December, January, and February. Similarly, it is recommended to stay around 2-3 days at this location.
How to reach Bilaspur
The nearest airports to Bilaspur are the Shimla and the Chhattisgarh airports. The nearest railway station is around 65 km away at Kiratpur. Bilaspur has good road connectivity with Shimla, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Bus services are also available.