Hamirpur District, Himachal Pradesh
Hamirpur district is one of the twelve districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Hamirpur is also a town which is the headquarters of the district as well. It is spread over an area of 1,118 square kilometers and is the smallest district of Himachal Pradesh. Hamirpur shares borders with Mandi, Bilaspur, Una and Kangra. River Beas separates Hamirpur from Kangra and is a Parent river to two tributaries, namely Maan Khud and Kunah Khad flowing across either side of Hamirpur district, to the adjacent Satluj. Hamirpur district has a considerable amount of pine forests. Hamirpur is also home to mango trees.
Brief History of Hamirpur
Hamirpur was part of Kangra district and was carved out as a separate district in 1972. Hamirpur has a glorious history and was ruled by the Katoch dynasty for centuries. Raja Hamir Chand of Katoch dynasty, who ruled from 1700 to 1740, built the fort at Hamirpur. The name of the town is derived from Raja Hamir Chand. The people of this region since ancient times were great warriors and fighters. This warrior race is even today serving the Indian Army in large numbers.
Climate of Hamirpur
The weather in Hamirpur during the winter is cold but pleasant, and warm woolens would be required. However, the summers are hot with temperatures sometimes crossing 35 °C.
How to Reach Hamirpur, HP
The entire state of Himachal Pradesh is connected by excellent roads. Hamirpur is very well connected with almost each and every part of the state by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has a huge fleet of buses catering to each and every part of the state as well as nearby towns and cities in nearby states.
There is no direct train service in Hamirpur. The nearest railway stations are located in Una (80 km), Amb (70 km) and Jawalamukhi.
There is no airport in Hamirpur. The nearest airport is in Kangra (Gaggal) at a distance of 85 km. The other major airports are in Jammu and Amritsar.
Places of Interest in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
Sujanpur Tira. The Fort of Tira Sujanpur was originally built by Raja Abhay Chandra in 1750 as a military fort. During the reign of Maharaja Sansar Chand, which is considered as Golden Age of Kangra Kingdom, this fort gained renown throughout India and was considered the most beautiful palaces in the Himalayas. However, in 1905 this palatial fort was damaged by an earthquake like the rest of the Kangra. (as written on the board at the entrance of the fort). There are few old temples and a temple dedicated to Gauri Shankar. Sujanpur Tira area is also famous for adventure sports like angling, rafting and paragliding. Sujanpur Tira is located 25 km from Hamirpur, 35 km from Palampur, 79 km from Jogindernagar (railhead) and 120 km from Dharamsala.
Nadaun. Nadaun is a small town and one of the tehsils of Hamirpur. It was part of the princely state of Kangra during the olden days. There is an ancient temple known as Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple here which is said to have been founded by the Pandavas. Nadaun is also popular for adventure sports like rafting, angling in the Beas river flowing nearby.
Baba Balak Nath Deoth Sidh. Baba Balaknath is a Hindu deity, worshiped not only in Himachal Pradesh but devotees come from far and wide from Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is situated in a natural cave at a village called Chakmoh in Hamirpur. The temple is located 45 km from Hamirpur town.