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|The place I was discussing with you today that hill town enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year and is amazing to visit especially during monsoons. |
This is one of the un-heard off yet accessible hill stations of North India. That Place I was sharing with you is called Nahan.
This hill-station perched at 932 meters above the sea-level is an amazing weekend getaway from Delhi. Located amidst the Shivalik Range, this hill-station is the headquarter of the Sirmour District.
|A small story about this place had been discovered. |
Nahan is situated on a hilltop in the Shiwalik Hills, overlooking green hills. Traditionally, saints and princes are linked with the origin of Nahan. The city was founded as in 1621 by Raja Karam Prakash. Another version recalls a saint who lived with a companion named Nahar on the site where the Nahan palace now stands. “Nahar” means ‘don’t kill’ and the town probably takes its name from an incident when a king was trying to kill a lion and the saint said Nahar, that is ‘do not kill it’.
The name of the saint was Baba Banwari Das. Another version is that Nahar means Lion in Sanskrit. At the place where Nahan is, Lions were there so it was named Nahar and latter called Nahan, which is the distortion of Nahar.
|The famous fairs and festivals you can enjoy here!|
Nahan celebrates Vaaman Dwadshi towards the end of the monsoon when fifty-two cult images of local gods are carried in procession to Jagannath Temple, where they are floated ceremoniously in a pool and are restored at midnight to their niches.
|Gugga Peer Fair|
A fair is celebrated in Nahan to mark the honour of Gogaji (गोगाजी) also known as Gugga (is a folk deity of Rajasthan state in India).
He is an eminent warrior-hero of the region. Hindus and Muslims alike honor him.
He is also venerated as a saint and even as ‘snake-god’. He is known as Goga among the Hindus and Jahar Peer among the Muslims. The Kaimkhani Muslims claim descent from him and regard him as a peer (saint).
The Ashtami(अष्टमी) Fair is organized in the village Jamta(जमटा) by the Gram Panchayat(ग्राम पंचायत) every year, two days prior to the “DUSSHEHRA”(दशहरा) festival.
|How you reach this beautiful place by Air, Train, Road|
The nearest airport is Chandigarh, with Dehradun as an option. Shimla Airport is also not too far.
The nearest railway stations are Barara, Ambala, Chandigarh, and Kalka, which are connected by a regular bus service. Yamunanagar is another rail station close to the town
Nahan is well connected to Himachal and rest of India through National Highway 7 and National Highway 9 Nahan is approachable from many directions by road: via Baila from Rajban, via Dehra Dun through Paonta Sahib; via Panchkula-Naraingarh-Kala Amb from Chandigarh, via Yamunanagar-Hathanikund from Haryana and via Solan-Kumarhatti from Shimla.
There are regular bus services linking it to other towns like Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, and Haridwar. If you are coming from Delhi, the best and shortest route option is to take the road via Saha. For Saha, take a right exit from NH1 after crossing Shahbad and then the bridge on River Markanda.
|Top Places to Visit In Nahan|
|Renuka Lake, Nahan Overview|
Located just 38 kilometers away from Nahan, the Renuka Lake is the perfect place to visit for people who are into nature and the solace it offers. Unlike other lakes in the area that is famous for their pristine beauty and surroundings, the Renuka Lake is renowned for its cultural history. Not only is this the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh regarding area (the lake covers a circumference of about 3214 meters); this fantastic water body is shaped in the form of a reclining woman, and hence is considered to be a personification of the Goddess Renuka. Other than its cultural and religious significance, the lake also offers breathtaking views to visitors who reach the ridge of the lake after passing through dense alpine forests.
All in all, Renuka Lake is the perfect holiday destination that can be visited all year round and beckons nature lovers and pious people from all across the nation.
|Suketi Fossil Park, Nahan |
The Suketi Fossil Park, also known as the Shivalik Fossil Park, is a prominent fossil park that is located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India. This park is the first one in Asia to be situated on the same site where the actual fossils were unearthed, and has a collection of vertebrate fossils and skeletons that date back to the prehistoric times, and have been recovered from the upper and middle Siwaliks geological formations of sandstones and clay at Suketi.
The Suketi Fossil Park is the largest fossil park in Asia and is situated at a distance of 21 kilometers from Nahan, on the banks of the Markanda River. It is located in the upper and middle Shivaliks and has soft sandstone and clay rocks. The fossil park is famous for its open-air exhibition of six life-sized fiberglass models of extinct mammals whose skeletons and fossils were found at the location, displays of fossil finds, and the museum which displays fossil finds.
|Jaitak Fort, Nahan |
Built by Gurkha leader Ranjor Singh Thapa in 1810, this fort is situated on the top of Jaitak Hills. Constructed using the material recovered from the Nahan fort after it was ransacked and destroyed. It is situated at a distance of 25 km from Nahan.
|Dhaula Kuan, Nahan |
This spot has a lot of appeals attached to it. One of the major tourist attractions, Dhaula Kuan is packed with numerous orchards housing plants of citrus fruits and mango trees.
A fruit canning factory can also be spotted there producing various fruit products like jams, pickles, juices, and canned fruits. Apart from sprawling orchards, you will also find a Kastasan Devi temple at some distance. This temple, built by Raja Jagat Singh who defeated the army of Rustam Qadir Rohilla, represents the victory in the battle.
|Simbalwada Wildlife Sanctuary, Nahan |
A wildlife sanctuary that is home to various migratory birds and wild animals is a hotspot of Nahan. It consists of sal forests and lush green grassland with meandering streams in this natural part of Shivaliks.
Sambhar, Chittal, Goral red jungle fowl, Partridges barking deer and wild boar are some of the famous birds and animals found here.
The Mall Road on Nahan is one of those places that locals like to chill at after a long day. The evenings see Mall Road abuzz with people chatting and socializing.
One of the major attraction of the town, Jagannath Temple was built by Raja Budh Prakash in the year 1681. Dedicated to Lord Neel Madhav, this temple is constructed on the same line as the architecture of the original Puri Temple.
Kangojodi is an offbeat destination nestled in the Himachal mountains lined with pine trees, surrounded by majestic hills and ravines. The place hasn’t been popularised yet and sees considerably lower volumes of tourists compared to its overcrowded counterparts.
Nahan Bada Bazar
The main bazaar area of Nahan, Nahan Bada Bazar is a shopper’s paradise and boasts of a beautiful Digambar Jain Mandir.
Sirmouri Tal Or Rajbans
Sirmouri Tal or Rajbans is an interesting place with enriched history. They are ruins of an old city which is said to be loaded with curses and intriguing tales of betrayal, craftiness, and treachery attached to it.
Best Place For Fishing
Besides the activities that involve the adrenaline rush like trekking and rock climbing, fishing is another major activity offered by the town. While lazing around in peaceful surroundings, one has an option to go fishing at various lakes and ponds which houses fishes like Mahaseer, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.