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HAMIRPUR :

Situated at an altitude of 785 meters, Hamirpur is a District Headquarters. Carved out from the Kangra district in 1972, the district is closely associated with the Katoch dynasty. It was the part of old Jallandhar-Trigarta empire. Panin referred to the people of this kingdom as great warrious and fighters.
The Katoch dynasty perdominated during the period of Raja Hamir Chand who ruled from 1700 A.D. to 1740 A.D. It was Raja Hamir Chand who built the fort at Hamirpur and the present town derived its name from this ruler.

Situated at an altitude of 785 meters, Hamirpur is a District Headquarters. It is not a typical "Hilly & Chilly" type of climate in district Hamirpur as it is more closer to plains. Still, in winters, the climate is cold but pleasant when woollens are required. During summer the temperature is hot and cottons are recommended.

PLACES OF TOURIST INTEREST :

Sujanpur Tira : It was founded by Raja Abhay Chand, the king of ruling Katoch dynasty of Kangra in 1748 A.D. There is a tomb of Nawab Gulam Mohammed of Rampur. There are five old temples at Tira and Sujanpur. The temple dedicated to Gauri Shankar was built during the time of Raja Sansar Chand in 1793 A.D. in the sacred memory of his mother. The temple of Murli Manohar and Narbadeshwar (built by Pransani Devi, The Suketi rani of Raja Sansar Chand) were also builit in this time in 1970 and 1823 A.D. respectively. Other temples of repute are the Mahadev temple, Devi and Vyasheshwar dedicated to Rishi Vyas) temple. Obreen’s horses grave ( he was Raja Sansar Chand’s commander) is also located in Sujanpur. This territory was first visited by a German, named ‘Traveck’ and then by a British traveller named ‘Moorcraft’. Sujanpur place is suitable for adventure sports like Paragliding, Angling, Rafting and trekking in and around this area.

 

Nadaun : In Princely days, it is used to be the headquarters of the Nadaun Jagir, Maharaja Sansar Chand of Kangra used to hold his court during summer for a number of year during his reign. Nadaun is also Known for Blikleshwar Mahadev temple which is said to be have been founded by the Pandavs. Nadaun is famous for its beautiful people and a Gurudwara founded in A.D. 1929. Nadaun was a gay place, during the reign of Sansar Chand II. There was a saying current in Kangra hill (Who that comes to Nadaun will not go away). This is explained by the fact that there were two hundred singing and dancing girls at Nadaun and whoever come under the spell of these enchantresses never thought of leaving. Thus writes Ghulam Mohiuddin in Tarikh-i Punjab. 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.

 

Deotsidh Temple : 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 Babaji. 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. This temple is one of the biggest revenue earning institutions of the Himachal state and is visited by nearly 45 lakhs of devotees across the country every year. ‘Mela’s are organized during Holi festival. Sunday is considered auspicious day of Babaji and consequently attracts huge devotees on this day.

Markanda : It is located in district Hamirpur, 6 KM away from Dera parol on the bank of Kunah Khad is the place of Markandya Rishi. According to Puranas, it is there that the idol of Rishi Markandya was installed. A Natural water spring is also located there. The fair of markanda is also famous.

 

Bhota : It is located on Dharamshala-Shimla road at a distance of 15 KMs. from Hamirpur towards Bilaspur. The place is famous for Radha Swami Satsang and one of the largest charitable hospital of the state have been constructed by the same religious trust.

 

Fairs : Gasota Mahadev, Hamir Utsav (State fair), Holi fair of Tira Sujanpur (State fair), 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. The fairs which have only commercial significance are the cattle fairs at Jahu, Chakmoh and Dhirar. Hamir Utsav is celebrated at Hamirpur town in the month of Oct-Nov every year. The Holi fair of Tira Sujanpur (State fair) is celebrated in Chaugan (Ground) of Sujanpur in the month of March ‘every year’. At Gasota Mahadev fair is held on 1st Monday of ‘Jeshtha’ month (last May) every year.

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