Hamirpur Travel Guide Himachal

Hamirpur is a culturally charming city which is tinted with magnificent spots and temples and has drawn the attention of people from across the world. Hidden amidst the hilly town of Kangra, Hamirpur is the place where there is no dearth of pleasant surprises. The town is one of the unseen hamlets of Himachal which can charm anyone with its natural beauty and cultural innocence. It was once an important stopover for all the pilgrimages to the Kangra Valley. Hamirpur was once ruled by Raja Hamir Chand from 1700 AD to 1740 and the town got its name from the ruler.

Sujanpura Tila in Hamirpur is a famous historical and religious center. During the early 19th century, the place was home to the famous Raja Sansar Chand - a renowned patron of the Kangra School of miniature paintings. There are many shrines in Sujanpura Tila alias Murli Manohar Temple, Narbadeshwar Temple and Gauri Shankar Temple. In addition, the place offers many adventure activities to indulge in like trekking, river rafting, Paragliding and angling.

At the bank of the River Beas, is the famous Nadaun. It is a peaceful old town which was once the capital of the Kangra ruler who lost to the army of Jahangir. However, it lost its glory when Raja Sansar Chand re-captured the Kangra Fort and became the ruler of Kangra valley again. Amidst the Nadaun is the famous building of Amtar which exhibits some of the classiest paintings you will ever see. One can also visit the famous Shaktipeeth Jawala ji temple. These attractions are undoubtedly much admired by the people.

Another major attraction in Hamirpur is the famous Deotsidh temple. It is a pious shrine which is thronged by tourists from all across India to pay a visit to Baba Balak Nath. During Navratras, there is a continuous stream of visitors arriving here to receive blessings of the Baba; Himachal Pradesh tourism makes the necessary arrangements for their stay in tented colonies. En-route Deotsidh, one can enjoy the pleasing sights of Bhakra Dam as well as of Shri Naina Devi temple complex.

A trip to Hamirpur will take the tourist to serene and religious places. Vyasa Cave, Kotkahlur Fort, Bachhretu Fort, Naina Devi Temple and Gobind Sagar Lake are the famous tourist attraction nearby Hamirpur.Take the road less travelled to discover the mystical hideaways in the secretive land of Hamirpur.

Adventure activities The hilly ranges here offer great scope for trekking. Sujanpur Palace in Hamirpur is a suitable spot for adventure sports like Paragliding, Angling, Rafting and trekking in and around this area.

Where to stay The Hamir (Near Petrol Pump), Gautam Hotel (Near Bus Stand), Heera Heights (Near Circuit House), Maya Hotel (Near Bus Stand), and Parkash Hotel (Bhota Rood) are the famous medium-to-budget accommodation options available in the city.

Where to eat Best figure-licking food in Hamirpur is served in Celebrations (Kohta), Darbar Cafe House (Near Gandhi Chowk), Maya Hotel and Restaurant (Near Bus stand).

Weather and Climate Winters (October to March): 19-32°C
Summers (April to September): 22°C-38°C
Best time to Visit: September to June

How to Reach

By Airways: The nearest Airport from Hamirpur is Gaggal Airport, which is approx. 83 Km away from Hamirpur. The second nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport, roughly three and a half hour drive from the city. It is well connected to the major cities like Amritsar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Leh.

By Railways: The nearest broad gauge railway station is Una and nearest narrow gauge railway station is Ranital (Pathankot-Joginder Nagar railway line) with both the stations connected by regular bus services.

By Roadways: Tourist buses and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh to Hamirpur. The distances of some of places that are nearby Hamirpur are:

City Distance
Amned 12 kms.
Chamsai 17 kms.
Rohin 25  kms
Dhamrol 36 kms.
Sunder Nagar 80 kms.
Mandi 83 kms.
Solan 162 kms.
Shimla 166 kms.
Kalka 170 kms.
Chandigarh 177 kms.