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"India's first planned hill station"

Bilaspur Tourism

Bilaspur is a hill town near Shimla, famous for its forts and Gobind Sagar lake, a man-made reservoir considered the lifeline of the district.

Bilaspur, India's first planned hill station, is popularly known for its artificially made lake which is called the Gobind Sagar Lake on Sutlej River. It is a beautiful lake where one can rejuvenate and participate in water sports and fishing. Also, this lake provides water to the very famous Bhakra Nangal Dam. Bhakra Dam is the highest dam in India and it is also the highest straight gravity dam in the entire world. This dam located in Bilaspur, on the foothills of the Himalayas, offers spectacular views of the Gobind Sagar Lake. Apart from this, the road bridge on the Gobind Sagar Lake at Kandraur is highest of its kind in Asia.

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Grandeur of Bhakra Dam

Bilaspur is most famous for the Bhakra Dam, which is built on river Sutlej. The concrete dam constructed in the year 1963 is the largest dam in India. Situated in the midst of green hills, it is sprawled over an area of 168 km and offers the majestic view of the whole Bilaspur hill station. Gobind Sagar lake formed by the Bhakra Dam is another attraction of the town. It is the third-largest reservoir in terms of its capacity. You can relax on the banks of this reservoir to spend your time in leisure overlooking the majestic beauty of Bhakra Dam.

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Hub for Adventure Sports

There is no dearth of adventure in the small hill-town of Bilaspur. After you have enjoyed the marvellous structure of Bhakra Dam and Gobind Sagar Lake, brace yourself up for a number of adventure sports in a manmade reservoir, Gobind Sagar Lake. You can enjoy boating, water skiing, kayaking, sailing and regattas in the still waters of the Lake. Not just this, Bilaspur is also famous for its paragliding that takes you high in the sky - with lush green hills, the Sutlej river and the majestic Bhakra Dam looking beautiful from up above.

Suggested Itinerary for Bilaspur

Day 1- Arrive at Bilaspur in the morning. Check-in at the hotel. After some rest, leave for the local tour of the city. First, visit the Bhakra Dam, the concrete dam is the largest dam in India, with the height of 220 m. Later, Gobind Sagar lake, a man-made reservoir formed by the Bhakra Nangal Dam. You can enjoy surfing, water skiing, boating and Kayaking in the lake. Also visit the Kandraur bridge, which was the Asia’s largest bridge at one time.
Day 2- After breakfast at the hotel, head to Vyas caves, on the banks of river Sutlej, the caves are named after Maharishi Vyas who stayed here for a short period of time. Then, visit the Nahar Singh Dhaulra, the temple in Bilaspur dedicated to Nahar Singh. Later, enjoy the adventure sports of Paragliding in Bilaspur. Also visit the Bachhretu fort, at an elevation of 3,000 m, the fort is famous for its historic ruins.

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How to Reach Bilaspur

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The nearest major railway station connected to major cities of the country is in Kiratpur Sahib, 65 km away from Bilaspur. You can take a taxi from there to Bilaspur.

How to reach Bilaspur by flight

Bilaspur does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Bilaspur is Chandigarh Airport. Small carrier flights to Shimla Airport, around 124 km away, are also available. The best way to commute from Chandigarh/Shimla to Bilaspur is by hiring a taxi. You can also take a bus from Chandigarh/Shimla to Bilaspur.

How to reach Bilaspur by road

Bilaspur is well-connected to major cities of Himachal Pradesh and also to cities in nearby states. You can easily find a bus to Bilaspur from cities like Shimla, Delhi, and Chandigarh.

How to reach Bilaspur by train

Bilaspur does not have its own railway junction. Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab is the nearest airport to Bilaspur. Located 98 km from Bilaspur, the best next step is to hire a taxi or take a bus to Bilaspur.

Local transport in Bilaspur

You can easily avail cabs or travel by the local buses.

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Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Gobind Sagar Lake
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What is famous about Bilaspur?

Easily accessible by road. A number of adventure sports are available apart from sightseeing.

What is not so good about Bilaspur?

Cannot be visited during the Monsoon season, as the water level of the dam increases as makes is riskier to visit the dam. Does not have its own airport and railway station.

Who should visit Bilaspur?

Perfect place for adventure lovers and offbeat explorers.

What is the best time to visit Bilaspur?

Anytime is a good time to visit Bilaspur. Bilaspur experiences warm summers, moderate rainfall during the monsoons and cold winters with the temperatures falling to sub-zero levels. If travelling during the winters, don't forget to pack heavy woollens.
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What is the local food in Bilaspur?

Bilaspur has a handful of restaurants with standard menus. Himachali cuisine is very simple and a staple meal consists of Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. You may also find many fruits here as Himachal is famous for fresh and fine varieties of fruits at low prices.
Other than these, the options become limited. You might want to check for some personal arrangements for food if you are particular. One can probably explore more options in cities nearby.

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What is the best way to reach Bilaspur?

The nearest major railway station connected to major cities of the country is in Kiratpur Sahib, 65 km away from Bilaspur. You can take a taxi from there to Bilaspur.
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What are the things to do in Bilaspur?

The top things to do in Bilaspur are Bhakra Nangal Dam, Gobind Sagar Lake, Water Sports and Fishing, Paragliding, Sri Naina Devi Ji, Vyas Cave. You can see all the places to visit in Bilaspur here

What are the places near Bilaspur?

The top places near to Bilaspur are Shimla which is 47 km from Bilaspur, Manali which is located 107 km from Bilaspur, Kasauli which is located 53 km from Bilaspur, Mcleodganj which is located 110 km from Bilaspur, Dalhousie which is located 151 km from Bilaspur

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