The district is one of the twelve districts of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Hamirpur is a municipal council city and the headquarters of the district. The area of the district is 1,118 square kilometers. The average height of the district is 790 meters above sea level. It is the smallest district of Himachal Pradesh. It is also called the land of martyrs (Veer Bhoomi). It is the most educated district of Himachal Pradesh as per the 2011 census. It is well connected to the national capital with regular HRTC Volvo and ordinary buses.
About Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh
Carved out of Kangra district in 1972, the district was a part of the previous Jalandhar-Trigarta kingdom. Panin saw the people of this kingdom as great warriors and fighters. Even today the army is leading a large force in the form of Hamirpur, Dogra Regiment, Jammu and Geographical Area Rifles Punjab Regiment, Grenadiers, Hindu Regiment besides Hodgson’s Horse and Sindh Horse. Hence, Hamirpur earns the name Veer Bhoomi as the rest of Himachal calls itself Dev Bhoomi. Raja Hamir Chand designed the Hamirpur Fort and Hamirpur derives its name from Raja Hamir Chand Katoch who ruled the region from 1700 AD to 1740 AD. Hamirpur is an incredibly beautiful city. If you are interested to read the history of Hamirpur then click on History of Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh.
Area: 1,118 Sq. KMs.
District HQ: Hamirpur
Tehsils: Tira Sujanpur, Barsar, Bhoranj, Dhatwal, Galod, Hamirpur, Nadaun.
Languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari
Places to Visit: Awa Devi Temple, Sidh Baba Balak Nath Cave Temple, Gurudwara Shri Patshahi Dasvin Sahib, Tauni Devi Temple, Nadaun, Sujanpur Fort.
Weather and Climate:
Winters are from November to March and the temperature ranges from 19-32 degree Celsius. Summers last from April to September and the temperature goes up to 22°C-38°C. The best time to visit is considered from September to April.
Hamirpur has an average elevation of 799 meters. The highest point in Hamirpur is Awah Devi peak at 1250 m. Hamirpur experiences summer heat from April to June and then the temperature goes up to 40 degrees Celsius. And from mid-October to April, there is a severe winter and the temperature remains up to 7 ° C. The monsoon season starts in late June and lasts till early September. There are many pine forests in the higher hills.
Politics and Leaders:
This region of Himachal Pradesh is also politically known in state politics. BJP’s influence was more in this area. In 1967, Kanshi Ram Thakur was the first non-Congress MLA elected from the region. Thakur Jagdev Chand was a veteran political personality of Himachal Pradesh, he won the election for 5 consecutive times. Thakur Shanta Kumar, Narinder Thakur, Anita Verma, Urmil Thakur, Prem Kumar Dhumal. And Anurag Thakur, and now Himachal Chief Minister Sukhwinder Sukhu is also from Hamirpur. So the veteran leader of Himachal belongs to Hamirpur.
The culture and tradition of Hamirpur are similar to the Punjabi culture, their culture is a mixture of Pahari and Punjabi. Most of the people here belong to the Hindu community. The food in Hamirpur is Pahari in origin. Chapati, Sarson ka saag, and lassi are favorite food here. The influence of Punjabi cuisine is also immense. Hamirpur is famous for its educational institutions and the traditional festival of Hamir Utsav. About 92% of the population of this district lives in rural areas and all the houses in the district are pucca. Stone is available in abundance in the district and slate is also available for roofing in the quarries of the surrounding districts. Most of the people in the district are farmers, they cultivate rabi, wheat, gram, kharif, maize, paddy, black gram, barley, kulth etc.
How To Reach:
By Air: The connecting airport to Hamirpur is Gaggal Airport, which is approximately 83 km from Hamirpur.
By Rail: Broad gauge railway station is Una and the connecting narrow gauge railway station is Ranital Pathankot-Joginder Nagar railway line, both stations are connected by regular bus services.
By Roadways: Passenger buses, government buses, and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh to Hamirpur.