A well-laid out picturesque
town of Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in
the Shiwalik hills, overlooking green fields. Known
for its cleanliness and dust free streets, saints
and princes are linked with the origin of Nahan. The
city was founded as a capital by Raja Karan Prakash
in 1621. Another version recalls a saint who lived
with a companionable Nahar on the site where the Nahan
palace now stands. "Nahar" means a lion and probably
the town takes its name from this saint.
At an altitude of 9,32m, Nahan is a good base for
visits to the surrounding pilgrim areas viz. Renuka,
Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil
Park. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year
and is watered by man made lake and decorated with
temples and gardens. It is also the headquarter of
This part of Himachal is lesser known
to most tourists and mainly consists of the lower
Shiwaliks with dense forests, large lakes and smaller
river systems.Renuka, Nahan and Paonta Sahib are three
main centers of the circuit lying quiet close to each
other and forming a triangle, this makes it easy to
cover all three at a go by staying at one place.
HOW TO REACH
Starting from Delhi one can first
reach Nahan or Renuka and then follow the circuit
from there. For reaching Nahan follow the NH1 (see
Shimla route) and turn right just before Ambala at
Shazadpur to reach via Naraingarh and KalaAmb(55km)
. For Paonta Sahib turn right at Pipli ( near Kurukshetra)
to reach via Yamunanagar, Jagadhari and Kalesar. The
route goes thru dense forests of protected Kalesar
reserve and the drive is a treat , if you watch out
you may see some wildlife on the move especially lots
of monkeys. TIP Take the flyover for crossing the
railway line at Yamunanagar or you will be struck
at he railway crossing and also waste time going thru
the old bazar. TIPOn the way to Paonta you can stop
at the Hathnikund Barrage on the River Yamuna for
a picnic ,eatables or boating and other water sports
and river rafting or the Tajewala barrage.
Distances : Nahan-Paonta
40km, Renuka-Nahan 30km, Renuka-Paonta 35km. Delhi-Nahan
260km. Delhi-Paonta 275km.
more on Renuka
A lake, a river, wildlife and mountains
to boot, do you want any more from mother nature.
Named after goddess Renuka ji this place has it all.
The lake the largest in Himachal on which the place
is named has temples dedicated to goddess Renuka and
son Parsuram. A mini zoo with lion safari close to
the lake. Angling oppurtunities available at river
Jataun. Walks around the lake parameter.
Renuka Wild Life Sanctuary is at a short distance
with animals like Asiatic Lion, Barking Deer, Leopard
may be seen along with many birds. Feeding the fishes
and turtles at the lake is also a unique experience.
No non-veg or alcohol is allowed in the lake complex.
Paonta Sahib: 42-km
Dhaula Kuan: 20-km
Giri Nagar: 27-km