Formerly called as Ropar, Rupnagar was founded by Raja Rokeshar in the 11th century. Apart from beautiful temples and other religious sites, Rupnagar earns popularity for being located in the Indus Valley Civilization. Bhakra Dam in Nangal is also one of the major tourist attractions. As the city has been under the power of six major civilizations, there are numerous notable archeological splendors. Shards of terracotta items, pottery, arrowheads, bones, and other things have been found here. The city also proves to be an amazing getaway from Delhi.
How to Reach Rupnagar from Delhi
Rupnagar has its own railway station, which is connected with major cities through an extensive railway network. Availability of local transportation system makes moving in and around the city comfortable for the guests.
The nearest airport is Chandigarh. At the airport, one can find cabs and taxis to move in around the city.
There is proper road connectivity available from Delhi. There are bus services to reach Rupnagar. If travelling in groups, it is advisable to hire a cab or private taxis.
Attractions in Rupnagar
Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib
Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib is one of the major complexes of shrines at Anandpur Sahib. The attraction is also praised for being the birthplace of ‘Khalsa’. The site is also recognized as one of the 5 sacred seats or ‘Takhats’ of Sikh religion.
Jateshwar Mahadev Temple, Jatwahar
Jateshwar Mahadev Temple is popularly called as Shiv Mandir. There are remains of 4 carved pillars dating to the 10th-11th century that provide clear evidence of a temple at the site. A mound, close to the temple, also dates back to the medieval era. Devotees from all across visit the temple to enjoy the fair held during Shivratri in the month of February every year.
Bhakra Nangal Dam
Bhakra Nangal Dam is one of the World’s highest straight gravity concrete dams. There are two powerhouses on the downstream of the dam. Each power house is connected with 5 generators, which help in the production of about 1050MW of electricity altogether.