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If you have an eye for historical marvels and magnificent ancient architecture, head to the seclusive town of Bilaspur, huddled in the mighty Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh. Gape at the lacquered facade of the ornate architecture and impregnable forts of the town. With its rich cultural background and architectural heritage, Bilaspur and its nearby areas are bathed in a nostalgic shade of history and myth. The place could be very well a destination you may not want to miss for your next trip. Come, let us explore the lanes, bylanes and the nearby areas of this place, boasting of its glorious yesteryears.
How To Reach Bilaspur:
By Air: The nearest airport to Bilaspur is located at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, approximately located at a distance of 124 km away from the place. Frequent cab services are available from the airport.
By Rail: Bilaspur does not have its own railhead. The nearest railhead is the Kiratpur Sahib Junction in Punjab which is 98 km away from the town and is connected by regular trains from all the major parts of the country.
By Road: Bilaspur is well connected to other major cities of India via regular buses. Regular buses are available from its bus terminus, the Bilaspur Bus Junction, which is located in the heart of the town.
Best Time To Visit Bilaspur:
The best time to visit Bilaspur would be in the summer months of October till March, where the temperature is pleasantly moderate and not freezing, ranging from an average of 15°C to 25°C.
1. Vyas Cave
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With remarkable mythological and historical significance, the Vyas Cave is one destination in Bilaspur that is often frequented by the tourists and travellers. Owing to its name, the cave has an interesting legend attached to its subsistence. Legends have it, that a sage named Vyas Rishi had once meditated in this very cave. It is he who had penned down the epic story of Mahabharata. Vyas Cave has now become a place of revered pilgrimage and is frequented by a lot of people for the very reason.
2. Gobind Sagar Lake
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Get ready to be enchanted with the alluring charms of the Gobind Sagar Lake in Bilaspur. An artificial lake built for the Bhakra Nangal Dam, is snuggled amidst the resplendent mighty Himalayan mountains. The lake is so peaceful with a spirit of tranquility and calmness taking over your senses. Fishing and other water adventure sports and activities like boating, kayaking, zorbing, motor boat racing and a lot more are allowed here.
3. Bahadurpur Fort
Home to many magnificent architectural edifices, Bilaspur also boasts of the popular Bahadurpur Fort. Perched atop a hill named Bahadurpur, this fort exhibits exceptional charm of the decades-old aura of the antiquated beauty. Ensconced by beautiful mountain ranges dotted by the deodar and pine trees, the establishment of the Bahadurpur Fort dating back to 1835, is now in shambles due to significant negligence in its maintenance.
4. Sariun Fort
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Flanked by many forts and fortresses of historical significance, Bilaspur is also home to the famous Sariun Fort. Perched at a height of 1500 m above the sea level, the Sariun Fort, built entirely out of stones, puts you in a time warp with that timeless old-world charm of the historical marvels. The locals are of the superstition that the stones used to build the fort shall never be used to build any house.