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Once the summer capital of Raja Bilaspur this place is ideally situated 40 kms from Bilaspur at a height of 1220m from sea level on the Bilaspur - Chandigarh NH21. This is an ideal spot for a quite over night stay. In the night the view of the lights twinkling in the plains of Punjab is worth seeing. The temple dedicated to Laxmi Narayan is worth seeing.
Places to see
Naina Devi Temple
1177m and 29 kms from Swarghat and 69 kms from Bilaspur . This is the most notable place of worship and attract thousands of pilgrims regularly and during its many fairs. Situated on the top of a triangular hillock, it commands the unparalled view of the holy Anandpur Sahib birth place of Khalsa on one side and Gobindsagar on other. Both Hindus and Sikhs hold the shrine in great veneration. The main fair is generally held in August every year when thousands of pilgrims from Northers India come to Naina devi shrine.
37 kms from Swarghat and 108 kms from Chandigarh, Bhakra is not merely the name of an obscure village in Himalayan foothills where the river Sutlej enters the narrow gorge but the late, has become the centre of attraction for the visitors from India nad abroad. It is considered a very important place on the tourist map of India and has been rightly described as " New temple of Resurgent India" by the Late Shri Jawaharlal Nehru who dedicated it to the nation on November 20th 1963. Bhakra is the world's highest straight gravity dam.
The name of sage Vyas is well known in this part and infact he must have frequently roamed in this area from Thaneshwar to Rohtang wherein river Vyas emerges and where there is a pond called Vyas Kund. It is situated in the foot of new township. He is said to have meditated in this cave.
It is at 673m, and at 40 kms from Swarghat. Formally the seat of the ruler of the erstwhile state now submerged in Govindsagar lake was situated on the south east side of the Sutlej river in a spacious valley through where Sutlej winds its course. The old Bilaspur town was founded by Rishi Ved Vyas. The place is famous for Govind Sagar lake which offers a variety of water sports in year round activities include boating, water skiiing, surfing, rowing etc
This village has gained prominenceand has become a tourist attraction only during the recent timebecause of its being the site of a bridge over the upper reaches of Goving sagar. This is considered to be the highest bridge in Asia and the second highest in the world being 60m high and 285 km in span.
This is a famous shrine about 20 kms from Bilaspur in Tehsil Sardar named after renowned Rishi Markandaya. according to a legend a tunnel connected Markanda and Vyas Cave and the two Rishis Vyas and Markandaya used to see each other through this sub-terranean path. There is also a water spring of ancient times where Markanda fair is held annually on Baisakhi day. It is believed that the water cures children suffering from skin disorders.
The Bilaspur district has many forts of ancient time which are worth visiting. Some of these are Bachhretu fort (1980m) 64 kms from Bilaspur. Baseh fort 6kms from North wards of Bachhretu fort, Kot-Kahlur fort 40kms from Bilaspur and Rattanpur fort 21 kms from Bilaspur.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.