Bilaspur is a city situated in Himachal Pradesh, which falls under the district of the same name. The place has everything, right from heritage, religious and adventure places to quiet and calm valleys. Apart from its own attractions, Bilaspur has a lot to offer to incoming tourists in the form of excursions too. One of the most popular tourist attractions near the city is Bhakra Dam. Apart from that, it has others nearby places too that are worth seeing. Some of these have been mentioned in the lines below.
The most popular tourist destination of the place, Bhakra Dam sprawls
on an area of 170 sq. kilometer. It is situated in the Bhakra village of
Bilaspur, about 13-km upstream from Nangal township. The dam is one of
the highest straight gravity dams in the world. The lake is about 90-km
long and the view of vast dam and green jungles around is fascinating
Located 25 kilometer from Bilaspur, Markand gets its name from sage
Markandeya who performed his penance here. The sage underwent severe
austerities on his body in pursuit of eternal knowledge. Local people
believe that a dip in the sacred waters over here cures infant diseases
and sterility. Another attraction at the place is a shrine, located
around 20 kilometers from Bilaspur and named after sage who dwelt and
Named after the old sage Vyas, the cave is situated at the foot of the
new township. According to the legend, Vyas Rishi meditated in this
cave. Vyaspur town derived its name from the same cave. Located on the
bank of the river Satluj, the place has religious importance for Hindus
and is a popular pilgrim destination.
The New Town
The hydropower project and colossal construction has led to development
of the new town, which is inhabited by the people working in the
project. The hydropower project generates thousands KW of electric
energy. The Gobindsagar reservoir behind the dam, on whose banks the new
township of Bilaspur has sprung, is 80-km long. Two big generating
stations, each with a capacity of 600 millions watts, have been built
just below the Bhakra Dam.
The highest point of the place, at the altitude of 1980 meters,
Bahadurpur Fort attracts many tourists. The fort is located near Tepra
Village in Paragana Bahadurpur. It is about forty kilometer away from
Bilaspur and is full of beautiful woods of deodar and ban trees.
Situated twenty-two kilometer away from the downtown of Bilaspur,
Kandror Bridge is said to be the second highest bridge in the world. The
bridge that was built to facilitate easy pass way for travelers is one
the major tourist attractions for the tourists visiting Bilaspur.
Situated at the distance of forty kilometers from the city of Bilaspur,
Swarghat is an ideal destination. The place is located on
Bilaspur-Chandigarh road, at the altitude of 1,220m, and provides
excellent view from above to downtown. One can also visit the nearby
temple, dedicated to Lakshmi Narayan.