Sujanpur Tihra & Nadaun, Himachal Pradesh

Located on the banks of River Beas, Sujanpur Tikra is located 24 kms from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. It was once the capital of Katoch Dynasty and today has quite a few remarkable historical sights for an offbeat traveler.

Sujanpur Fort

The Sujanpur Fort was build as a military fort in the year 1750 by Raja Abhaya Chand of Kangra and was till the early 19th Century inhabited as the residence of Raja Sanasar Chand, a renowned patron for Kangra School of Miniature Paintings. It got severely damaged during the 1905 earthquake and today only a few ruins remain. During its time, the Sujanpur Fort was considered on the most beautiful forts in the Himalayan Region.

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Today one can view the impressive ‘Baradari’ which was where the daily court was held. It offers stunning views of the surrounding hills, green valley and overlooks the ‘Chuagan’, a huge green ground/field which is now part of the Sainik School at Sujanpur (founded on 02 Nov 1978).

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There are 2 temples located within the fort premises – Murli-Manohar Temple and Gauri-Shankar Temple. Both temples were constructed during the 18th – early 19th Century.

Holi Fair held at Sujanpur, Hamirpur
Holi Fair held at Sujanpur, Hamirpur

There is an annual fair held during the festival of Holi where the entire region comes alive and the fun continues for 2 weeks. There are even some events & performances by the who’s who from the Bollywood.

Narbadeshwar Temple: is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on the banks of River Beas.

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Narbadeshwar Temple, Sujanpur Tihra

It was constructed in 1802 by Maharani Prasanni Devi, wife of Sansar Chand and is one of the most visited places at Sujanpur. The temple walls have details from the Ramayana & Mahabharata times with beautiful frescoes and exquisite mural work along with Kangra paintings. The Archaeological Survey of India is now making efforts to rework of damages and conserving this rich heritage for futures to come.

Interestingly the temple still stands intact even after the massive earthquake that rocked the entire region.

Nadaun

Another historical site is Nadaun. Just 28 kms from Hamirpur, Nadaun was a prominent town which was home to the Katocjh rulers after they lost Kangra Fort to invading armies.

Ruins of Nadaun Fort, Himachal Pradesh
Ruins of Nadaun Fort, Himachal Pradesh

Nadaun is also known as Amtar-Nadaun fort and was the headquarters of the Nadaun Jagir that also served as the court of Maharaja Sansar Chand of Kangra, during summers.

Temple Ruins at Nadaun
Temple Ruins at Nadaun

The place is now popular for the Amtar Cricket Ground and few exciting trekking trails.

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Amtar Cricket Ground at Nadaun near Hamirpur

Today it has just a few ruins including the fort, Peer Saheb (grave of a saint who had mystical powers), Gurdwara Dasvin Patshahi (the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhs, stayed for eight days after defeating the Mughals in a battle), Bilkaleshwar (an ancient Shiva Temple) and few more damaged buildings sharing a past well lived.

Bilkaleshwara Temple is a 400 year old ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at the confluence of River Beas and Kunah Kund. The temple is also referred as the Mahakaleshwar Shiva Temple of Nadaun.

As legends go, the Bhilakeshwara Temple was constructed by the Pandava’s during their exile period. The work itself was carried with the help of Lord Vishva Karma, during the nighttime so as to stay hidden from the world. However, it is said that the temple could not be finished as someone from the village nearby has some inkling on Pandava’s existence here and so they had no option but to leave the area. Later the Katoch Dynasty completed the temple and since then it is an important pilgrimage site of the region.

Offbeat

Deothsidh: means the ‘light of truth’ and refers to a sacred temple shrine of Baba Balaknath, a deified ascetic of ancient times.

Temple Shrine of Deotsidh, near Hamirpur
Temple Shrine of Deotsidh, near Hamirpur

This temple shrine is situated in a natural cave atop a hill and was once the abode of Baba Balak Nath. As local legends go, Baba Balak Nath was beelived to be a re-incarnation of Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati. For complete history please visit www.bababalaknathdeothsidh.com

Deotsidh is located at village Chakmoh which is 56 kms from Hamirpur and 64 Kms from Sujanpur Tira.

Trekking

Maidi to Nadaun Trek: 5 Day Trek with homestay

This trek offers you as chance to get to stay with the villagers and  provides an exciting opportunity to learn more about their culture, traditions etc. For more details please connect with Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (Kullu) Ph: 01902-250337, 252342.

Stay Options

Beside Hotel Hamir, an HPTDC run delux hotel at Hamirpur, there are numerous stay options here that suit all budgets.

Distance Guide to Sujanpur Tihra

Hamirpur: 24 Kms
Palampur: 35 Kms
Jawalaji Sjaktipeeth: 40 Kms
Pathankot: 170 Kms
Dharamshala: 120 Kms

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