Rampur

Rampur

Rampur is situated on banks of Satluj river and was once capital of Bushahr, an old princely state. A lot of people visit Rampur in November to attend Lavi Fair. Some tourist spots in the town and nearby are Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya temple, Dumgir Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, and Narsingh Temple. The town of Rampur is built along the banks of the river Satluj and was the seat of the former princely state of Bushair (Bushahr, Bushehar). As the capital of one the  most prosperous hills states and a major entrepot along the old trade routes, Rampur benefitted from a wide range of economic and cultural exchanges. Legend has it that when the rulers of the tract wished to move their capital from the heights of the old seat at Sarahan, three lamps were lit at different spots along the valley floor. It was at the site of Rampur that the lamp remained burning through the night. Today, Rampur is a busting town that retains a substantial measure of its past and is still a melting pot of the people of the region. An added measure of its current importance is the proximity to the Nathpa Jakhri Hydel Project.

GETTING THERE :

  • By Rail : The broad-gauge railhead at Kalka is at a distance of 224 kms and the one at Chandigarh is 254 kms away. On the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla railway line, Shimla station is at a distance of 1 34 kms.
  • By Road : Shimla is 135 kms away and Delhi is at a distance of 510 kms.
  • By Air : Shimla airport is 120 kms away and the one at Chandigarh is at a distance of 260 kms.

CLIMATE: – Warm to hot in summer and cottons and light woollens are
recommended. Cold in winter and heavy clothing is required.

ATTRACTIONS :
Rampur has the Buddhist and Hindu shrines of Ayodhyanath, Narasingh and Dumgir Budh.

  • The Padam Palace is a remarkable mix of colonial and vernacular styles.
  • Jalori Pass (74 km, 3223m): Along the old routes, this was the primary trail between Shimla and the Kullu valley and today, this route is a scenic alternative to the more popular road that goes via Bilaspur. There are thick forestsand picturesque villages all along. The Seruvalsar lake isan easy hike ofaround 4 km from the Pass.
  • Duttnagar (14 kms) has the old temple dedicated to the sage Dattreya.
  • Nirath (18 kms) has one of the two temples in India dedicated to Surya, the sun-god.
  • Delath has some good examples of local architecture.
  • Nirmand (17 kms) lies across the river Satluj and is regarded as the largest village in Himachal. Originally populated almost entirely by the Brahmin  caste, this has remarkable examples of local architecture including the famous kothi of Parshurama.

HOTELS

THE BUSHEHR REGENCY – Deluxe Hotel
The Hotel derives its name from the ancient princely state and situated on the left bank of river Satluj and on the National Highway 22.
ADDRESS : Hotel Bushehar Regency, Rampur, District Shimla-172 O01, Phone: (01782)234103 Fax: 233407
E-mail : rampur@hptdc.in
CAFE SATLUJ : The Cafe is close to the riverbank and is located on the
highway. It offers a wide range of cuisine. The Cafe also has a bar. The Cafe Satluj is an ideal stopover for those who are travelling ahead to Kinnaur or Sarahan or are heading in the direction of Shimla.