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 Sirmaur district.
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 Lake
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