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Location : Himachal Pradesh
Languages : Himachali, Hindi, Punjabi, English
Altitude : 400-1100 meters from sea level
Climate : Pleasurable
Temperature : In summers, it can reach as high as 41 degree Celsius; in winters, it can drop below 10 degree Celsius
Major Attractions : Sujanpur Tira, Nadaun
Best Visiting Time : Winter season
Named after Hari Chand, Hamirpur is known for its variable topography defined by leveled plains and lofty mountain cliffs. Framed by the hilly tracts of Shivalik ranges, this city of Himachal Pradesh is traveled by hilly terrains running in south-eastern direction. Created from Kangra district in the year 1972, this lovely destination has a few nice attractions in its kitty that are alluring enough to attract the tourists from different parts of the country. While some of the attractions carry cultural significance, the others are historically important. As is typical of almost all the cities of Himachal Pradesh, this particular destination is quiet captivating.
Sujanpur Tira : The ruler of the Katoch dynasty, named Abhay Chand, who belonged to Kangra dynasty in the eighteenth century laid the foundation.The main attractions here are the five temples that have been constructed at Sujanpur and Tira. A temple devoted to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati was constructed in 1793. The other temples that are worth mentioning here are , Vyasheswar, Devi and Mahadev Temple. The place was visited by many British and German travelers. Gulam Mohammed's tomb is also located nearby. You can engage yourself in activities like paragliding, rafting, angling, and trekking.
Nadaun : This royal place of Hamirpur held an important position in the ancient period when it served as a court of Sansar Chand(ruler of Kangra). Blikleshwar Mahadev shrine is the highlight of the place; this temple was also constructed at the time of the Chand reign. In its period of glory, it was inhabited by dancing girls who allured tourists by their enchantment. There are many other edifices that rest peacefully here. Jawalajee Temple, Shiva temple are thronged by a large number of devotees. The place offers opportunities for fishing Mahaseer in the waters of River Beas. River rafting can be enjoyed here; there are many camping sites that have been set up for angling purposes.
Deotsidh Temple : Yet another attraction at Hamirpur that you can pay a visit to is Deotsidh Temple. Located 30 kilometers away from the destination, this temple holds a grand fair during the Navrathri festival and is frequented by a large chunk of population. For the sake of tourists, special tents and other facilities are arranged by the authorities. Each Year, the place is visited by about 45 lakh devotees; this helps in generating huge revenues. A ropeway that connects the place to Shah Talai also interests many devotees.
Bhota : Lying at a distance of about 15 kilometers from the destination, Bhota is located on the road linking Dharamshala to Shimla. The places that may interest you are charitable hospital and a religious congregation of Radha Swami Community.
Markanda : Resting on the banks of river Kunah Khad, is present another place worth visiting. Located near Dera Parol, the place is known for its natural spring. The region is supposed to be inhabited once by a saint named Markandya.
Hamirpur is known for its myriad festivities and colorful cultural fairs that are part and parcel. Gasota Mahadev, Ghasian fair, Deotsidh fair, Baggi Mela, Tauni Fair, and Holi are the main Festivals that are celebrated with joy and gaiety. While some of these reflect the religious sentiments of the devotees others are an epitome of the traditional life style that has been preserved from centuries. Some cattle fairs are also organized at places like Dhirara, Jahu, and Chakmoh. Another important festival that is important to the people is Hamir Utsava; it is celebrated in October/November.
Folk Culture :
The traditional Culture of the region is best depicted in their different music and dance forms. Jheras are the folk songs that are recited by mensfolk, Gugga Chauha, Sansar Chand, Raja Sirmour are the Jheras that are popular here. The popular dances that are apart of the folk culture are Gidha and Chanderwali. Most of the performances are accompanied by the use of musical instruments like harmonium, dafli, nagara, dholak, thali, and shehnai.
Taking in consideration the comfort of tourists, a number of rest houses have been opened. Some of these are managed by PWD while the others by NIT, IPH, and HPSEB. Circuit House is also a decent option.
This historical place can be a part of your vacation to Himachal Pradesh and lets you explore its several attractions.