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For other uses, see Talwara (disambiguation).
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 31°54′N 75°39′E / 31.90°N 75.65°E / 31.90; 75.65Coordinates: 31°54′N 75°39′E / 31.90°N 75.65°E / 31.90; 75.65
Country  India
State Punjab
District Hoshiarpur
 • Total 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Elevation 326 m (1,070 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 19,485
 • Density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 144216
Telephone code 01883
Vehicle registration PB-54

Talwara is a census town in Hoshiarpur district in the Indian state of Punjab.


Talwara is located at 31°57′N 75°52′E / 31.95°N 75.87°E / 31.95; 75.87.[2] It has an average elevation of 326 metres (1069 ft).


As of 2001 India census,[3] Talwara had a population of 22,580. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Talwara has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 76%. In Talwara, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The township area is inhabited with people from various parts of India who are employees of power-generating projects and government departments. There is no industry in Talwara. Goods are imported usually from other places to meet the daily needs of the residents.


Earlier name of the Talwara was 'Badda Pind' which include all today's main bazar, sectors, nearby places and villages. In british time earlier 1947, only a small bus stand surrounded by mango's park was there. A single bus was routed from Talwara to Mukerian. Later on this Badda Pind grew to Talwara town in early 1960s to provide accommodation to the workers of the Pong Dam on the Beas River and gained importance with the start of construction of the dam in 1964. The construction of Pong Dam was followed by Shah-Nehar Barrage, Shah-Nehar Hydel Channel and several hydel power generating stations. The architects of this township were also the same who designed Chandigarh.

Talwara is a beautiful modern township in the lap of nature and blessed with very pleasant climate. Talwara is divided roughly into two parts, one is the township area created and maintained by Bhakra Beas Management Board; the other is private area known as Old Talwara comprising Subhash Nagar, Model Town, Indra Colony, Sandpur Mohalla, main bazaar,Natholi,Nagar and haler village. The old one is an unplanned semi-hill town but the modern one is well-planned and is divided into four sectors with underground drainage.

Pong dam and power projects[edit]

Talwara is situated on the banks of the river Beas and is surrounded with beautiful Shiwalik hills. Surrounded by a river and hills, Talwara earlier had dense forests, the remnants of which are still visible in its two forest ranges. Talwara is known for famous earth-cum-rockfill Pong Dam and fresh water 42-km-long Maharana Pratap Sagar lake just 8 km away from township. The lake is famous for water sports and bird sanctuary. The dam comprises six tunnels and a power house with an installed capacity of 396 MW (6 x 66 MW). The dam and the power stations are managed by the control of the Beas Project Power Wing.

The Shah-Nehar-Barrage is down stream of Pong Dam situated at the River Beas. The barrage has 50 gates and the huge artificial lake with holding capacity of 3,404 acres (13.78 km2)-feet feeds the Mukerian Hydel Channel.

Other attractions[edit]

A rock garden created by Nek Chand (creator of Rock Garden, Chandigarh) inaugurated in 2006 is a major tourist attraction. Many Herbal Garden have been created on wasteland of BBMB at Talwara.

There is an old Shiv temple and well in village Sri Pandain near Talwara said to have been constructed by the Pandavas. One has to go 50 steps down to fetch water from this well. A fair held annually on Shivratri at the temple is visited by a large number of people.

Hindu Goddess Chintapurni Temple is also near Talwara.

Talwara fort[edit]

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The peace of the Punjab was disturbed by an adventured, who appeared at Bajwara and pretended to be Sarang Khan from multan in 1396, a little before Taimur’s invasion. There was a big rising at Bajwara. Sarang Khan was pursued, but he escaped to the Shiwalik Hills. At Timur’s death in 1405 AD. Jasrat Gakhar (however the majority of historians consider jasrat to have been a Khokhar[4]), ruler of Gakhar (or Khokhar) Dynasty regained his freedom, returned to the Punjab and reestablished the Gakhar state. Meanwhile Timur's governor Khizr Khan seized the Delhi Sutanate for himself. Khizr Khan’s son, Mubarak Shah, spent much of his reign trying to defend Delhi against the Gakhar ruler Jasrat who was growing stronger. Around AD 1420. Jasrat defeated the army of Kashmir. When Mubarak Shah reached Samana in July 1421, he heard that Jasrat Gakhars had raised the siege of Sirhind and had returned to Ludhiana. Mubarak Shah advanced to Ludhiana in the second half of September and found that Jasrat had abandoned the side of river Satluj. After the rains had ceased, Mubarak Shah also crossed the river a little higher up. Jasrat hastened back to his strongest fort at Talwara. Mubarak Shah followed him and with the help of Raja Bhim of Jammu captured the Talwara fort and razed it, but not before Jasrat had escaped further into the mountains. AD1520-1525: During these years, the Punjab remained disturbed, when Babar, the first Mughal Emperor, started his expeditions against Hindustan. Babar crossed the river Beas opposite Kahnuwan and encamped at the mouth of the Valley of the Shiwalik Hills in which lies the Fort of Malout. Babar took the fort and made Daulat Khan prisoner. Babar marched via Bajwara, Rupnagar, Sirhind and Sunam on way to Delhi. 1530-1556 In 1555, on arriving at Kalanaur in the Gurdaspur District from Lahore, Humayun despatched a strong body of troops under Bairam Khan and Tardi Beg to attack Nasib Khan, the Afghan General, who lay encamped at Panj Bhain near Hariana in the Hoshiarpur District . Bairam Khan pushed on to Hariana, which after a slight skirmish was surrendered by Nasib Khan. Bairam Khan marched to Jalandhar from Hariana via Sham Chaurasi where the afghans had taken up position.e. On 17 December 1557, the imperial forces advanced through Jalandhar to the Shiwalik Hills and encamped at Dasua in the Hoshiarpur District and moved further to Nurpur. The hill Rajas, who had sided with Sikandar Sur, deserted him and submitted to Akbar. After Bairam Khan was defeated by the imperial forces at Gunachaur, he went to Talwara, the capital of Raja Ganesh. There was a great battle fought between the imperialist and Bairam Khan’s troops. The royal troops besieged the fortress at Talwara. Bairam Khan after a brief resistance surrendered at Hajipur in October 1560 and threw himself at the mercy of the Emperor Akbar. He was pardoned by the emperor at Hariana and thereafter, he left for Mecca. After that we don't find any evidence of Talwara and its Fort in History.

According to Punjab revenue records, one Talu of Awan Caste owned the land and after his name the village was known as Talwara or Talwara. He died issueless and the village was deserted. Subsequently, a Raja brought certain persons from villages Namoli of Namol got. One Rajput of Jaryal got came and settled in village Budhawar tahsil Dasuya. He married away his daughter to Raja Kamand Chand of Datarpur. The area around Talwara was given by Raja as a jagir to his Rani. She carved out certain areas from the adjoining villages. On account of this, Talwara was also known as ‘Barapind’. It was also cynically called as ‘Chandarpind’ as it was the place for which the adjoining chiefs constantly fought.

How to reach[edit]

Talwara is linked with other cities by road.

A 25 km railway line was constructed from Mukerian on Jalandhar-Pathankot main railway line in late 1950s for construction of Pong Dam. The rail link between Mukerian and Talwara was uprooted by the project authorities after completion of the dam as it had no other traffic and was no longer needed.

A new railway line from Talwara to Nangal Dam is being built for the last two decades. It has been built from Nangal to Una and further to Amb Andaura. The line from Amb Andaura to Daulatpur Chowk may be commissioned in early 2013. A 22 km section from Daulatpur Chowk to Talwara will remain to be constructed to complete the link.

The closest railway stations are:-
Mukerian- 25 km
Dasuya- 32 km

Distances to other main cities:-
New Delhi:- 440 km
Chandigarh:- 190 km
Amritsar:- 110 km
Pathankot:- 55 km
Una:- 75 km
Hoshiarpur:- 84 km
Jalandhar:- 100 km
Nangal:- 90 km


External links[edit]

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Sat, 23 May 2015 13:48:45 -0700

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:14:05 -0700

The chaos broke out during the Territorial Army recruitment rally at Subsidiary Training Centre (STC) in Talwara belt of Reasi district as aspirants rushed towards the entrance in large numbers while those rejected started pushing each other on the way ...
Times of India
Fri, 08 May 2015 15:07:31 -0700

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State Times

State Times
Sat, 16 May 2015 11:37:01 -0700

REASI: Police on Saturday arrested a drug peddler and recovered 100 gm Charas from his possession. According to a report, on the directions of SSP Reasi Sujit Kumar, a police team of Police Post Talwara led by In-Charge Police Post SI Ranjeet Singh ...

Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:17:12 -0700

... District Judge passed the attachment order on the execution petition filed by the claimants alleging that the Railways had failed to pay compensation to them whose land had been acquired to build the Una-Chururu section of the Una-Talwara line in 1998.
Scoop News
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:52:30 -0700

Screening of aspirant candidates will be held at STC Talwara. All interesting candidates have to reach the STC Talwara before the commencement of screening on respective dates. Screening for candidates of Reasi district will be on 27 April, for Ramban ...
The Nation
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:41:15 -0700

LAHORE - An eighteen-year-old girl committed suicide by swallowing poisonous pills at her house in Manawan police precincts, rescue workers said on Tuesday. Resident of Talwara village, Sania Bibi was rushed to the Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital as her ...
The Northlines
Fri, 15 May 2015 12:07:30 -0700

It is BJP led by Modi which has washed away the hopes of the people of Jammu to seek justice for the Jammu Migrants, in Talwara and elsewhere as well as for the farmers who have been starving for years.Prof. Bhim Singh said that there is no difference ...

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