Hoshiarpur

Hoshiarpur

About District

Location

Hoshiarpur district is located in the north-east part of the State. It falls in the Jalandhar Revenue Division and is situated in the Bist Doab, Doaba region of the State. The district is submountainous and stretches of river Beas in the north-west.

It lies between north latitude 30 degree-9 and 32 degree-05 and east longitude 75degree -32 and 76degree -12’.

It shares common boundaries with Kangra and Una districts of Himachal Pardesh in the north east, Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts (interspersed) in south-west and Gurdaspur district in the north-west.

At present, it has an area of 3386 Sq. Kms. and a population,as per 2011 Census is 15,86,625 persons.

Area & Population (2011 Census)

Name Population
Total area ( Sq. Km.) 3386
Total population 15,86,625
Male 8,09,057
Female 7,77,568
Total SC Population 5,57,504
Male (SC) 2,84,322
Female (SC) 2,73,182
Female per 1000 male 961
Literacy Rate (Total) 84.6%
Male 88.8%
Female 80.3%
Density of population (per sq. km.) 469
Total No. of villages. 1416 + 3*=1419
No. of Inhabited villages 1385 + 3*=1388
No. of Un-inhabited villages 31
No. of Towns 10
No. of Villages counted as Census Towns for Census purposes

3*
Percentage increase in population (2001-2011) 7.1

*Villages namely Hajipur and Rakri of tehsil Mukerian (Total population 11813) & village Chohal of tehsil Hoshiarpur (population 7304) were counted as Census Towns for census purpose. The total population 19,117 of these three villages has been included in Urban Population by the Census Department.

Population (2011 Census)
Tehsil Rural Urban Total Percentage Age
Total Male Female Total Male Female Population % Rural % Urban
Hoshiarpur 371035 189724 181311 189311 99267 90044 560346 66.2 33.8
Dasuya 304301 153601 150700 56204 28878 27326 360505 84.4 15.6
Garhshankar 302396 153499 148897 28315 14730 13585 330711 91.4 8.6
Mukerian 273924 137646 136278 61139 31712 29427 335063 81.8 18.2
Total 1251656 634470 617186 334969 174587 160382 1586625 78.9 21.1

Source: Director, Census Operation, Punjab

Climate

The district has mild climate compared to other districts of the State. This is due to the abundance of hilly terrain on the one hand and sizeable forest covers thereon, on the other. Moreover, chain of check dams constructed recently on the choes under "Kandi Watershed Development Project" have appreciably enhanced water surface area in the distict. This has made the summer hights quite pleasant.

The pattern of seasons in the district is similar to other districts of the state, except slight variations at the terminals and year may be divided into three main seasons. The summer season sets in April and lasts up to end of June, to be taken over by the rainy season when it becomes hot and sultry. The rainy season sets in July beginning and lasts up to September end. The winter season starts after the rains are over from October and lasts up to March end. May and June are the hottest months when mercury may cross 45 degree C on some days. It is pleasantly hot. The months of December, January and February are the months when winter is quite severe and mercury may however around 5 degree C and on some days it may touch O’C.

Rain

The total average rain falls in district is 1125 mm .Broadly speaking 75 percent of the rainfall is experienced in the period July to September, Whereas 15 Percent rainfall is experienced in the winter months of January and February are under the influence of western disturbances in the Persion Gulf. Hail storms may occur in the closing period of winter when there is quite a sizeable damage to fruit crops, especially the mango fruit for which this distict is quite renowned in the State.

Administrative Divisions

The District comprises of four Sub-Divisions, ten Development Blocks, eight Municipal Councils and two Notified Area Committees, as per details given below:

Sub-Divisions(4)
  • Hoshiarpur
  • Dasuya
  • Mukerian
  • Garhshankar
Development Blocks(10)
  • Hoshiarpur-I
  • Hoshiarpur-II
  • Bhunga
  • Tanda
  • Dasuya
  • Mukerian
  • Talwara
  • Hajipur
  • Mahilpur
  • Garhshankar
Municipal Councils(8)
  • Hoshiarpur
  • Hariana
  • Tanda
  • Dasuya
  • Mukerian
  • Garhdiwala
  • ShamChaurasi
  • Garhshankar
Notified Area Committee(1)
  • Mahilpur
  • Talwara

History & Culture

The area of present Hoshiarpur District was also part of Indus Valley Civilization. Recent excavations at various sites in the district have revealed that the entire area near the Shiwalik foothills was selected for habitation not only by the early palaeolithic man but also by those in the protohistoric and historic periods. In the explorations, seven early Stone Age sited a Atbarapur, Rehmanpur and Takhni, 30-40 km north of Hoshiarpur District in the foothills of Shiwalik, have been discovered where the stone artifacts have been found. Besides these excavations, among the archaeological remains in the Hoshiarpur District, the remains of temples at Dholbaha, 24 km north of Hoshiarpur, and especially the local legends throw valauble light on the ancient history of the district.

The legends associate several places in the district with pandavas. Dasua is mentioned in epic of Mahabharata as the seat of Raja Virata in whose services the Pandavas remained for thirteen years during their exile. Bham, about 11 km west of Mahalpur is said to be the place where the Pandavas passed their exile. Lasara, about 19 km north Jaijon, also contains a stone temple stated to date back to the time of Pandavas. According to the chinese pilgrim, Hieun Tsang, the area of Hoshiarpur was dominated by a tribe of Chandrabansi Rajputs, who maintained an independent existence for centuries before the Muhammadan conquest.

In the Hoshiarpur District, Shiwaliks from Talwara on the Beas to Rupnagar on the Satluj have revealed the presence of Acheolian and Soanian cultures. From the shiwalik frontal range in the Hoshiarpur District, sixteen sites have been reported to have yielded stone Age tools. Out of these, besides the Soanian tools, these sited in Hoshiarpur District have yielded Acheolian assemblage.

The Atbarapur group has yielded a large number of Stone Age tools. This group consisting of Atbarapur, Rehamanpur and Takhni close to the dry beds of the Ghos are located at the foothills of the Shiwaliks, about 8 km north-east from the town of Hariana, Atbarapur has yielded 80 tools consisting of 9 handaxes, 19 cleavers, 17 pebble-tools, 28 flakes and 7 cores/core choppers. All the tools in the collection are either on flakes or cores. The raw material is quartzite of varying colours, viz. Green, blue, brown, etc. The tools are fashioned mainly out of fine to medium grained quartzite. In the recent archaeological excavations, some fine pieces of sculptures of Gandhara dating back to 1000 AD and after have been discovered hare. A list of stone tools yielding sited explored by the Department of Archaeological, Punjab is given in Appendix-1 at the end of the chapter.

District Administration

The responsibility of General Administration of the District lies with the Deputy Commissioner. He is the Executive Head and has three fuld rules as

  • Deputy Commissioner
  • District Cullector
  • District Magistrate.

He is assisted by the fullowing officers for carrying out day to day work in various fields:--

  • Additional Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner (General)
  • Assistant Commissioner (Grievances)
  • Executive Magistrate
  • District Revenue Officer
  • District Transport Officer
  • District Development and Panchayat Officer
  • Civil Defense Officer
  • Urban Ceiling Officer

The Deputy Commissioner is the Chief Revenue Officer as District Cullector and is responsible for cullection of Revenue and other Govt. dues recoverable as arrears of Land Revenue. He deals with the Natural Calamities like draught, unseasonal rains, hailstorms, floods and fire etc.

Tourism

  • Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary

    Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary

    The 382-hectare Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary is distributed more or less equally between the two villages that make up its name. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1999, it is part of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Its mixed deciduous fores...

    The 382-hectare Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary is distributed more or less equally between the two villages that make up its name. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1999, it is part of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Its mixed deciduous forests harbour a rich variety of fauna and flora including a number of avian species. A large number of deer inhabit this sanctuary, as do jungle cats, jackals, leopards, wild boar and black-naped hares. Mongoose, pangolins, snakes, monitor and garden lizards have also been regularly spotted.

  • Archaeological Museum

    Archaeological Museum

    The Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum is located within the premises of the Vishvesvaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies. Established in 1971, the museum boasts a range of unique and fascinating art found in excavations ...

    The Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum is located within the premises of the Vishvesvaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies. Established in 1971, the museum boasts a range of unique and fascinating art found in excavations at Dholbaha, an archaeological site which has revealed evidence of its prehistoric existence. The museum’s treasures include a 10th-century head of Vishnu, with the hair finely combed and the crown decorated with garlands and the Chakra. There is also a detailed stone Garuda with remarkably sharp features and a 9th-century carving of the Jain tirthankara, Mahavira.

    Timings: 10am-5pm (Tues-Sun) / Closed: Monday / Tickets: Free

  • Dholbaha

    Dholbaha

    Dholbaha is a rich archaeological site reportedly in existence since prehistoric times. Based on the cache of artefacts recovered here, scholars are of the opinion that Dholbaha was among the early inhabited regions of the world. Its historical relev...

    Dholbaha is a rich archaeological site reportedly in existence since prehistoric times. Based on the cache of artefacts recovered here, scholars are of the opinion that Dholbaha was among the early inhabited regions of the world. Its historical relevance was first discovered when a variety of sculptures dating back to ancient and early medieval dynasties were found lying around the village. Many of the discoveries from the Gurjara-Pratiharas and the Paramaras dynasties can now be viewed at the Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum.

  • Dera Santgarh

    Dera Santgarh

    This place is situated about 13 kilometers from Hoshiarpur. It is located in the village of Harkhowal. Baba Jawala Singh established this place between 1930 and 1932. The death anniversary of Baba is observed during the month of Kartik and a 2 day long fair is held. Accommodations are made available to the devotees. The place has 40 rooms and provides free food.

  • Gurdwara Garna Sahib

    Gurdwara Garna Sahib

    Around 39 kms form Hoshiarpur, this Gurdwara is located in Bodal village. The sixth guru of the Sikh community known as Guru Hargobind Sahib visited this place. He used to take rest under the garna tree which gives the name to the place.

  • Kamahi Devi

    Kamahi Devi

    Around 40 ksm from Hoshiarpur, this temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakshi. It was known by her name as Kamakshi Devi Temple. It is located in the village of Beh Nangal. It is said that the Pandavas built this temple.

  • Sheesh Mahal

    Sheesh Mahal

    Lala Hans Raj Jain got this monument constructed in the year 1911. Glass is used for building the interior walls and ceilings. Hence, it is called sheesh mahal meaning a palace of glass. King George V’s coronation ceremony is depicted through the paintings on the first floor. The statues of many gods and goddesses are found on the ground floor.

Accessibility

Airport
Airport

Nearest Airport

Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji International Airport
Telephone Number: 0183-2214400 / 22141
www.airportsindia.org.in External website that opens in a new window

Railways
Railways

Railway Station

Garhshankar Railway Station
Telephone Number: 08121281212

Bus Service
Bus Service

Bus Service

Hoshiarpur Bus Stand
Telephone Number: 01882-255313

ATM

SBI ATM

Court Road Hoshiarpur

ICICI Bank Sutheri Road ATM

ICICI Bank Ltd., 155

ICICI Bank Shimla Pahari Chowk ATM

ICICI Bank ATM Centre, Ambika Market
Pincode : 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

Bahadurpur Chowk
Pincode: 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

Jalandhar Road
Pincode : 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

Narad Hospital
Pincode: 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

New Sabzi Mandi
Pincode : 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

Parbhat Chowk
Pincode: 146001

Punjab National Bank ATM

S. D. Public School
Pincode : 146001

ATM Punjab And Sind Bank

Railway Road Hoshiarpur

Punjab National Bank ATM

S. D. Public School
Pincode : 146001

ATM Punjab And Sind Bank

Railway Road Hoshiarpur

ATM HDFC Bank

Main Bazar, Jupiter Service Station
Roshan Road Hoshiarpur

Syndicate Bank ATM

B-1, 1058Mall Road Hoshiarpur

Tour Operators

Mr. Shekhar Sood
American Travel Service
Court Road,Hoshiarpur
Ph. (01882) 223377, (M)09815979786,
ats1971@live.in
Mr.Raj Malhotra
Malhotra Travel Advisor
Court Road, Hoshiarpur
Ph. (01882) 233294, 224185
rmalhotra@glide.net.in
Mr. Pardeep Thakur
Continental Travel Service
Court Road,Hoshiarpur
Ph. (01882) 222136 (D), 228165
ctshsp@yahoo.com
Mr. Jagdish Ram
Bittu International Travels
Ground Floor, Madhav Tower,Court Road,Hoshiarpur
Ph. (01882) 243829 (D), 243819, 200217
bittu_international@yahoo.com
Mr.Romesh Gupta
Kanadian Travels (Regd.)
Opp. Distt.Courts, Hoshiarpur
Ph. 9815624622 (01882) 222600
cadt_ta@yahoo.com
Mr. Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh Enterprises
Opp. OBC Bank Phagwara Road,
VPO Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur
Ph (01884) 248600, (M) 98141 29889
nbtavels@yahoo.com
Mr. Raj Kumar Thakur
Thakur Continental Travels
Phagwara Road, Mahilpur,
Distt, Hoshiarpur, Mahilpur,
Hoshiarpur
Ph. (M) 9876128266 (01884) 245966,
rajctmahilpur@yahoo.com

Internet Cafes

Jackson Internet Cafe

Railway Road, Near Phugwara Road,
Hoshiarpur, Punjab-146001
Ph. 0188 222 2464

Deepsons Computer System

Sutehri Road, Hoshiarpur, Punjab-146001
Ph. 0188 222 0828

Ruby cyber cafe

Nangal Road Near Ortem Printing Press
Garhshankar Hoshiarpur, Punjab-144523
ph. 095 01 394544

Net Point Internet Cafe

Hoshiarpur, Punjab-144207
0188 650 1175

Theatres

New Raj Theatre

Railway Road Hoshiarpur

Gupta Theatre

Phagwara Road, Hoshiarpur

Swarn Cinema

Opp. Bus Stand, Hoshiarpur
Ph :01882-221070
E-mail : swarancinema@gmail.com
Website : www.swarancineplex.com External website that opens in a new window

Shopping

Sarafan Bazar And Shastri Market

famous for shopping in Hoshiarpur

Cotton County , Court Road , Hoshiarpur

Phone : (1882) 220998, (1882) 520993
Address: Main Road, Court Road, Hoshiarpur- 147001
Landmark: Opposite Fashion Court
Website : www.cottoncounty.in External website that opens in a new window
E-Mail : premhoshiarpur@cottoncounty.in

Fashion World , Railway Road , Hoshiarpur

Category : Garment Shop
Phone : (01882) 232968
Address : Jalandhar Road, Railway Road, Hoshiarpur- 146001
Landmark : Opposite Raj Theater

Garments House , Kotwali Bazaar , Hoshiarpur

Category : Garment Shops
Phone : (01882) 222691
Address : 25, Kotwali Bazaar, Hoshiarpur- 146001
Landmark : Near Clock Tower

Bombay General Store

Vardhman Marg, near Clock tower,
Hoshiarpur-146001
Ph. (01882)-222029-224629

Artisan

Sehyog Rural Development Society

78/12, Bapu Permanand Nagar, Distt.GurdasPur(Punjab)

Distances from Hoshiarpur

Jalandhar 45km
Phagwara 37km
Ludhiana 77km
Amritsar 112km
Chandigarh 120km
Patiala 141km
Batala 73km
Pathankot 87km
Anandpur Sahib 82km
Nawanshahr 54km
Garhshankar 44km
Mukerian 59km
Kangra 97km
Dharmshala 117km
Palampur 138km
Dalhousie 163km

Tourist Information Office

Tourist Information Centre

TIC of Punhab Tourism at Garshankar
Opposite PWD Guest House,
Hoshiarpur Road, Garhshankar
Tel. No: +91-7589359790/9779769841
E-Mail: to.garhshankar@gmail.com

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