Holi hai! Holi hai!
The joyous cries that rent the air welcoming the arrival of spring. The festival of Holi heralds the end of the cold and gloom of winter and calls for celebration. Holi, described, as the ‘festival of colors,is the time when you can have fun splashing colors, all with the sanction of the Gods! Holi in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with much enthusiasm. People light bonfires fires called Holika, symbolic of victory of good over evil. Pichkaris in various creative and innovative designs are specially bought by children to color anybody who comes in sight and even more to the one who tries to escape…all in good fun.
Colours will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time.It is the best time and season to celebrate; Holi provides this opportunity and people take every advantage of it. Days before Holi, the markets get flooded with the colours of every hues. This aptly sets the mood of the people till the actual day of Holi. It is such a colourful and joyous sight to watch huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue every where on the streets. Buying those colours seems as you are bringing joys and colour to your home and into your life.
The Holi melas held at Palampur, Ghughar, Paprola, Baijnath, Jaisinghpur and Sujanpur also have an attraction of their own. Sujanpur Mela on Holi dates back to the time of Katoch rulers especially Raja Sansar Chand who patronised artistes and musicians during his rule. This fair has been declared as a state festival by the Himachal government. The fair is for four days and during this time lots of traditional folk theater along with Folk music and dances can be enjoyed by the people visiting the fair.On a nearby hill at Tira is a temple dedicated to Chamunda Devi that still attracts a large number of devotees. The interesting fact to mark about Holi in Himachal Pradesh is that thousands gather at the holy shrine of Ponta Sahib in Sirmour district on the banks of Yamuna. Kullu Holi is marked by mixing snow with colors making it an ‘Ice Holi’. While, the main celebrations are held at the world famous Solang Pass, which witnesses heaviest snowfall in the country.
 
 

Holi fair of Sujanpur Tihra or Tira :

 
 
It is 22 kms. from Hamirpur town. This place had been the capital of Katoch Dynasty and the old fort is worth visiting. It has a huge ground, where the annual Holi fair is held for 4 days, besides being used for sports activities. Sainik school is also located here. It is also a religious centre.The well known temples are of Narbadeshwar, Gauri Shankar and Murli Manohar temple. This place is suitable for adventure sports like Paragliding, Angling, Rafting and trekking in and around this area. The area is good for river rafting anglers in Harsi Pattan (30 km from Tira Sujanpur) and Lambagaon (15 km from Tira Sujanpur). The Holi fair of Tira Sujanpur (State fair) is celebrated in Chaugan (Ground) of Sujanpur in the month of March ‘every year’. The big Chaugan also attracts the attention of the people coming to the town during the mela. Such huge grounds are rare in hilly areas of India. This maidan is, however, losing its glory due to encroachments on its all sides. Thousands of men, women and children attired in colorful dresses throng the historic Chaugan here to take part in the state-level Holi festival that got off to a colorful start in March every year. They offer puja at the Murli Manohar temple and sought blessings of Lord Krishna and Radha. The Holi of Sujanpurtira is organized to relive the Radha-Krishan legend. The festival became famous during the rule of great Katoch King Sansar Chand. The king was also instrumental in flourishing the Kangra paintings, which are still known worldwide.
 
 

Narvadehswar Temple :
Sujanpur Tira is famous for its ‘Narbadeshwar Temple’, which claims some of the best miniature paintings of Kangra valley. It was built by the chief queen of Maharaja Sansar Chand. Artists belonging to the court of Raja has drawn vivid and beautiful pictures pertaining to Ramayana, Mahabharta & Bhagwat Puran and also of wild animals and birds.The temple has been constructed in the open ground. There are small temples constructed around the main temple of Sun, Durga, Ganesh, Laxmi Naryana and Mahisasur Mardini. The temple is over two hundred years old built in Bhitti style.

 
 

Murli Manohar Temple :

It is situated in the historical chowgan of Sujanpur Tira. This temple is very old and is constructed in "Shikar Style". Images of Lord Krishna and Radha are placed in it. The wood work is covered with sculpture of unique scenes. There is an open courtyard near the temple where images of different Gods and Goddesses are placed. This temple was constructed during the reign of Maharaj Sansar Chand.


 
 

Approach by road Delhi to Hamirpur :

 
 

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via:
Sonipat - Karnal- Kurukshetra - Ambala - Ludhiana - Jallander - Pathankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur – Hamirpur

 
 

Delhi to Hamirpur
This access route leads via:
Sonipat - Karnal- Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Hoshiarpur - Phatankot - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur – Hamirpur

 
 

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via:
Sonipat - Karnal - Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Ropar - Nangal - Una - Talwara - Jassur - Nurpur - Kangra - Palampur – Hamirpur

 
 

Delhi to Hamirpur
this access route leads via: Sonipat - Karnal - Kurukshetra - Ambala - Chandigarh - Solan - Shimla - Bilaspur – Hamirpur

 
 

Air Route :
As there is no Airport in Hamirpur thus no Air service to this town. The nearest Airport to Hamirpur is Gaggal (Kangra). Gaggal Airport is approx. 83 Kms far from Hamirpur and frequent bus / Taxiservice are available from Hamirpur.

 
 

Train Route:
There is no direct Train service to this town. The nearest railway stations from Hamirpur is Una (Broad Gauge Railway line) and Jawalamukhi Road (Narrow Gauge Railway line). Una railway station is approx. 80 Kms far from Hamirpur. STI can tailor made a holi package covering above in the Himalaya as per your requirements.

 
 
 
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