An outpost of the rulers of Kangra, history of Hamirpur has a close connection with the Katoch dynasty of Kangra. Raja Hamir Chand, a Katoch ruler from 1700 to 1740 AD, built a fort at Hamirpur that laid the foundation for a modern town.
Another Katoch ruler, Raja Sansar Chand (1775 to 1823 AD) picked out scenic Sujanpur Tihra and made it the capital of his principality. Remnants of forts and palaces at Sujanpur Tihra and Nadaun testify to the glorious era of Hamirpur’s history. The area was later overrun by the Sikhs under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In 1846, after the Sikh armies lost in the first Ango-Sikh war, the territory was merged with the British empire.
After Independence, at the reorganization of Punjab in 1966, Kangra, of which Hamirpur was a part, was merged with Himachal Pradesh. To give the region a separate identity, Hamirpur was carved out as a separate district on 1st September, 1972.
A land of low lying hills with dense pine forests and fertile valleys, River Beas meanders its course through middle of the district. Growing some of the finest mangoes, Hamirpur is also identified as the land of the brave for the contribution and sacrifices soldiers from the region have made in service of the nation.
Hamirpur town is the headquarter of the district and can easily be reached from Kangra, Una, Bilaspur, Shimla or Chandigarh.
English and Hindi are understood and spoken by people engaged with tourism. The native people mostly speak Hamirpuri, a dialect. Some sections also speak Punjabi.
Spring and autumn temperatures are moderate in Hamirpur, the summers are hot and it does get cold for winters that require light to heavy woollens to ward of the chill. Cotton clothing is best suited for the warmer days.
Air: The nearest domestic airport is Gaggal, Kangra at a distance of 84 km. Regular flights from Kangra – Delhi operate around the year.
Rail: Nearest rail head for Hamirpur is Una Railway Station, which is 66 km away.
Road: Hamirpur has excellent road connectivity. State and privately owned buses regularly ply for Shimla, Mandi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala and other cities. For travel in comfort, taxis are readily available.
|Places to visit
||Distances from Hamirpur (Km)
- Visit the historic fort and ancient temples at Sujanpur Tihra.
- Visit Baba Balak Nath temple at Deotsidh to seek holy blessings.
Local dhabas and small road side hotels all across Hamirpur present a good opportunity to taste fresh, lip-smacking food with a glass of tea or lassi (buttermilk base with water). Hotel Hamir restaurant run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism offers tasty, hygienic food at an affordable price.
The town is well connected by road. Private and public transport bus routes are connected to cities like Dharamshala, Chamba, Chandigarh, Delhi, Shimla and others. In Hamirpur, auto rickshaws and taxis are readily available for commuting locally.
Hamirpur has good medical facilities. There is a well equipped government hospital, which is attached to medical college in the town. Hamirpur also has an Ayurvedic hospital that treats with traditional medicine systems. There are a number of well run private clinics in the area that meet the needs of tourists in the region.
All national mobile phone operators offer services in Hamirpur. Internet connectivity in the district is excellent with good 4G and 3G reception.
Cultural programmes showcasing the folk music and dances of Himachal Pradesh and other states are held. The Hamir Utsav is celebrated in the memory of existence of Hamirpur District.
Fair at Baba Balak Nath, Deotsidh
Every year in the month of March/April, fair at the holy shrine of Baba Balak Nath is the attraction for the tourists.
|STD Code Dharamshala (Kangra)
|District Tourism Development Office, Kangra, Una, Hamirpur at Dharamshala
|HPTDC Marketing Office, Dharamshala
|STD Code Hamirpur
|Deputy Commissioner Hamirpur