| General Feature of the District :
Bilaspur district is situated in the Sub-mountain and low hills sub-tropical zone of Himachal Pradesh. The district lies between 31° 12’ 30” and 31° 35’ 45” north latitude and between 76°23’45” and 76°55’40” east longitude in the outer hills of the Himalayas next to the Punjab plains and forms a part of the basin the river Sutluj which flows across it for about 90 km. It is bounded on the north by Mandi and Hamirpur district on the west by Hamirpur and Una district on its south lies Solan district. It is encircled in the east and north-east by Solan and Mandi district. Maximum length of the district from east to west is about 51 km and maximum width from north to south is about 43 km. The district is mostly hilly and elevation of the lowest point is about 290m and that of the highest is about 1980m.There are seven hill ranges in the district i.e. Naina Devi, Kot, Jhanjiar, Tiun, Bandala, Bahadurpur and Rattanpur that is why this district is known as Satdhar Kahloor in the princely times. Majority of these constitutes a changar agro-ecological situation of the district.
There are three blocks in the district viz. Bilaspur Sadar, Ghumarwin and Jhanduta. District has two sub division viz. Ghumarwin, Sadar and three tehsils and one sub-tehsil. There are two National high ways passing through the district (Chandigarh-Manali, Kangra – Shimla via Jhukhala).
Area & Population :
As per Census 2001, the area of Bilaspur is 115445 Hectares and population is 3,40735. The density of population is 292 persons per sq. Km against the figure of 93 persons for the whole state and sex ratio is 992 females per 1000 males. There are four towns namely Bilaspur, Ghumarwin, Berthin, Namhol, 136 panchayats and 1044 villages.
Temperature : Another point of interest for any person visiting Bilaspur would be the weather conditions in this part of the country. The climate of the district is temperate to sub-tropical. The summers are invariably hot, temperature rising to 42 deg C at some places and it falls down to 30 deg C soon after monsoons. For about three months in winter a thick mist surround the Satluj. Winters start around October and reach a peak in December-January when the chill can go upto 0 deg C.
Rainfall : Annual rain fall for the last ten years varied from 1121.9-1798.4 mm with a average of 1478.8 mm. Bulk of rainfall is received in the rainy season i.e. June to August which is about 70% of total.
Relative Humidity : During July and August relative humidity was maximum in the district, which favours the infestation of insect-pests and diseases in different crops.
The best months from visiting this place are from September to December.
How to Get There :
Air : Shimla, Chandigarh and Bhuntar are the nearest airports, located at 85-km, 135-km and 131-km from Bilaspur
Rail : The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kiratpur Sahib and nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla, located at 65-km and 85-km from Bilaspur which are connected by regular bus services.
Road : Bilaspur is approachable by road from Shimla and Chandigarh.
WHERE TO STAY :
Accommodation options in and around Bilaspur vary from luxurious hotels such as HPTDC’s Hotel at Swarghat to reasonable budget hotels.
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Petrol Pump :
||Name & Address
||M/S RAM LAL ANAND & SONS, BILASPUR
||M/S SUKUMAR SERVICE STATION, BILASPUR
||M/S VINAY SERVICE STATION, BARMANA
||M/S RAJINDRA FILLING STATION, GHUMARWIN
||M/S ANAT SERVICE STATION, SWARGHAT
||M/S SANJAY SERVICE STATION, BERI
||M/S HIGHWAY FUEL CENTRE, GHAGAS
||M/S KAPIL SERVICE STATION, BERI, BILASPUR
||M/S HPSCSC, KOTHIPURA
||M/S HARIHAR PETROL PUMP, KOTHIPURA
||M/S EX-SERVICEMAN PETROL PUMP, BHRMANA