The town of Rampur is built along the banks of the river Satluj and was the seat of the former princely state of Bushair. As the capital of one of the most prosperous hills states and a major entry point 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 bustling town that retains a substantial measures 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.
Height: 924 m
Climate: Warm to hot is summer ad cottons and light woollens are recommended. Cold in winter and heavy clothing is required.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Rampur
Road: Shimla is 135 kms away and Delhi is at a distance of 510 kms.
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 135 kms.
Air: Shimla airport is at a distance of 120 kms and Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 260 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Rampur
Rampur has the Buddhist and Hindu shrines of Ayodhanath, Narasingh and Dumgir Budh.
The Padam Palace is remarkable mix of colonial and vernacular styles.
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.
Jalori Pass (74 kms, 3223 m): Along the old routes, this was the primary trail between the 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 forests and picturesque villages all along. The Seruvalsar Lake is an easy hike of around 4 kms from the Pass.