Where the echoes of the past mingle with the tomorrow - Bilaspur. The Bilaspur district
is situated in Satluj valley in the outer hills and covers area of 1,167 sq. Kms.
Its boundaries touch Una, Hamirpur, Mandi and Solan districts. Satluj is the main
river which passes through the middle of the district and divides it into almost
equal parts. The new town(Bilaspur), on the bank of the Gobindsagar lake of the Bhakra
Dam is 64 km from Kiratpur on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway No.21. In the
dim past, many centuries age, Rishi Vyas came to the bank of the Satluj river to
do penance in the verdant and fertile, obong district abounding in low hills, forests,
grazing lands, rivulets and streams. In the Bilaspur is a Vyas Gufa. In the Vyas
Gufa, which draws a continuous host of tourists and pilgrims, the Rishi who penned
the Mahabharata, lived as he prepared himself for the arduous task, which he was
to perform latter in another GUFA in the Uttrakhand way up in the celestial heights
of the mighty Himalayas.
Here too, are the ancient Lakshmi Narayan and Radhey Shyam temples, which along with
the VYAS GUFA, escaped being submerged by the swirling water of the dam as modern
man’s monument to nature clashed with the old. The Satluj, which rises in the snows
of the Tibet, is crossed by the Dhaula Dhar in the lower regions of the Himalayas
above Rampur, creating wide terraces, highly developed and populated. The Bilaspur
Dam height is 225 meter and that dam is highest in the world.