Hamirpur is a magnificent place in the western region of Himachal Pradesh. Of all the districts in the state, this one boasts of the highest literacy. Besides offering quality education, Hamirpur is also known for places of religious and historical importance, which draws visitors from across India. The history of this place has close association with Katoch Dynasty. This was a part of Jalandhar–Trigarta Empire. Hamir Chand was a prominent ruler in this region and the town got its name from him.

Hamirpur is the district headquarters, which is situated at an altitude of 785 m. A busy highway runs through the town, so this can be an ideal stopover point for those travelling on to Dalhousie, Chamba, Kangra, Dharmasala, Khajjiar, and Nupur. People coming from Chandigarh or Shimla can easily spend some time here for the sights and the sounds. Being located at a lower elevation signifies that the weather here is warmer compared to other places in Himachal. Some hilly areas in this region boast of pine forests.

This district originated in 1972 and was originally a part of Kangra. Today, it is an ideal place for a religious escape, with a number of well-known temples experiencing a steady stream of devotees from every part of India. Yearly Holi Fair in Hamirpur is quite a popular celebration in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Other important fairs and festivals include Hamir Utsav, Ghasian, Awah Devi, Chaniary, Baba Deotsidh, and Sair Fair, Baggi Mela, Dussehra, and Chet festivals.

In keeping with the high potential for tourism in this region, efforts are going on to develop certain religious and historical sites, which are currently lying in negligence. Its connectivity and strategic location can help it to turn into a major tourist spot in the coming times.

Places to See in Hamirpur

There are a number of places to visit in Hamirpur and it ensures a memorable journey. Here are some of the places to see.

  • Tira Sujanpur – It is located 25 km away from the main town. Built during 1758, the fort contains beautiful halls and temples popular with visitors.
  • Bhota - This is a beautiful destination, 15 km away from Hamirpur on the Dharamsala-Shimla road.
  • Nadaun – Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir at Nadaun dates back to 1929. This place is situated 27 km from the main town.
  • Deotsidh – It is an important pilgrimage, 44 km away from Hamirpur.
  • Temples - Besides the above, there are other important temples situated here, including Singh Maheswari Mandir, Meher Temple, Chaura Devi Mandir, Nirankari Ashram, Banke Bihari Mandir, and Kalpa Vriksh.

Hamirpur Cuisine

Foodies will have a fantastic time out at Hamirpur where they can enjoy North Indian style chicken preparations at various eateries. From multi-cuisine to local food, everything is available at the restaurants here. Why not try out plain Dal and rice preparations, which are a savory fare in all regards. Influence of Tibetan and Punjabi cuisines is quite prominent in the food prepared at various places here. However, tourists can also opt for global cuisine including fast food during their stay.

Climate and Best Time to Visit Hamirpur

Tourists visit Hamirpur all through the year because the weather remains pleasant. Average temperature remains between 3°C - 39°C. Most tourists prefer to visit here between October-December and during the months of February - March.

  • Winter (October – January) are quite cold with minimum temperatures reaching 2°C or 3°C.
  • Summer (February - June), the month of May is the hottest during summers with temperatures getting as high as 44°C.
  • Monsoon (July – September) signifies mild to moderate rain falls when the place looks beautiful and fresh.

During summers, light cotton cloth is recommended for the visitors and winters are all about carrying woolens for keeping warm even during biting cold.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport to Hamirpur is Gaggal in Kangra. It is present at a distance of 83 Km.

By Rail

Broad gauge railway station nearest to Hamirpur is at Una and the narrow gauge station near here is at Ranital.

By Road

Visitors can come to Hamirpur via road from Pathankot, Shimla, and Chandigarh. Bus services from and to the major cities are quite frequent.

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