Nestled at foothills of Bandla Hills, Bilaspur is famed to be the first planned hill town of Himachal, the place holds a history dating back to 7th century when the Chandela Rajput king, Raja Deep Chand established it as its capital. During the reign of the Rajput rulers, a number of temples were erected, which today, stand as the proud heritage. Countless number of pilgrims and religious travellers throng here to pay homage in these sacred shrines and to immerse themselves in Bilaspur’s unmatched spiritual glory. Shri Naina Devi Temple, Vyas Gufa, Rishi Markanday Temple, and Sheetla Mandir are few of the highly revered temples that make for the must visit attractions when on a religious tour in Bilaspur.
Enveloped in pristine scenery, Bilaspur is a destination that makes for an ideal hideout for honeymooners and travellers seeking a close rendezvous with nature. Myriad of scenic spots leave the tourists here with a sense of profound peace and rejuvenation. The Gobind Sagar Lake, one of the famous and largest man-made reservoirs in India, etched on the banks of River Sutlej is the prime tourist destination. When here, do spend some time watching the rippling waters create a spellbinding spectacle, sitting against the breathtaking backdrop of rolling hills and azure blue sky.
Not to mention, the area around Gobind Sagar is teeming with a fascinating wildlife; a variety of birds and animals make a frequent appearance here, making it an ideal spot for wildlife photography and birdwatching. Besides, the lake is a hub for water sports activities, boating, rowing, game fishing and angling that make it quite popular amongst couples, families, kids and adventure junkies alike. Sightseeing in Bilaspur is incomplete without taking a trip to the mesmerizing Kandraur Bridge built on the gushing waters of the Sutlej River. With an elevation of 80 metres, it is one of the highest bridges in the world and undoubtedly, an engineering marvel. Surrounded by hypnotic landscape, the place is indeed a paradise for photographers looking to capture some magical vistas of nature in their lens.
Those who love exploring historical sites, are definitely going to have a wonderful time in Bilaspur. The town is replete with a number of forts that leave the travellers with a great insight into the times gone by. Amongst these ancient marvels, Fort Kahlur and Fort Bachhretu sitting on the outskirts make for the two significant historical sites.