There are many unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh. The reason because of the non-exploration can be cited to the over the popularity of places like Manali and Shimla. What if I tell you that you can visit a place in Himachal Pradesh which is not only peaceful but has a lot of historical significance as well? The place I am talking about in Nahan which is located at a height of 932 metres above mean sea level and is the headquarters of the Sirmaur district. It is said that this place was founded in 1621 and is popular among the locations for the amazing view of the Himalayan mountains which one gets to witness from here. In this article, I would tell you everything you need to know about this amazing place.
Nahan – The Ancient Town In The Himachal Pradesh
1. About the place
This place is located on the hilltop of the Shivalik range. It is said that Nahan was founded in 1621 by Raja Karam Prakash. There are many legends surrounding the name of the place. The word “Nahar” has 2 meanings. One means “Not to kill” and the other one means “Lions”. The first legend says that a long time ago there was a king who was about to take away the life of a tiger but was stopped by a saint who requested him not to murder the tiger. The other legend says that since the town has the presence of lions in huge numbers as a result of which it was named Nahan. The town is located at a distance of around 80 kilometres from Chandigarh and 250 kilometres from Delhi.
2. How to reach the place?
Nahan is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are coming here by airport then you would need to land in any of the airports located in Shimla, Dehradun or Chandigarh. From here you can hire a cab and they will drop you at this place. If you are coming here by the mode of railways then you would need to come to any one of the stations in Chandigarh, Kalka or Yamunanagar. From these stations, you can take the state bus/Volvo or hire a cab to drop you at your destination. If you are coming by road then the best possible option would be to come to Delhi and take the national highways. From Delhi, the road trip takes anywhere between 4-6 hours.
3. Best time to visit
Since it is located at a perfect elevated height due to which it enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the entire year. If you come here during summer the maximum temperature you can expect is 38 degrees but don’t worry the cool winds here make it quite easy to roam around without getting exhausted. During the monsoon, this place gets a lot of rainfall so the temperature drops significantly during this time. Winters are amazing here but sometimes due to the chilly winds the temperature drops to way beyond the freezing point. It can be visited throughout the entire year but the best time would be from September – November. The weather is neither cold or hot during this time and would give you a perfect experience.
4. Overall Experience
Tourism is present at this location so you wouldn’t face any problem when it comes to lodging. If your budget is low then you can try the budget lounges here and if it is high then you can go for the luxury hotels. If you are visiting Himachal Pradesh for a trekking experience then Nahan would serve as a very good base the best part about Nahan is that it is very well maintained and most of the places are accessible by foot. Since you get to go around this place on foot you can have a better chance of exploring the city in and out.
5. Best Places To Visit
There are many places in Nahan which you can think of visiting. I have narrowed it down to the top 5.
a) Renuka Lake
If you are going to Nahan don’t miss out on this place otherwise you would miss a popular tourist attraction in the area. This lake is situated at a height of 700m above mean sea level and is one of the prime places to visit in Nahan. It is the largest lake of Himachal Pradesh and has a lot to offer apart from the beautiful view you get from this place. An annual fair is conducted here every year, if you are interested in boating then you can try the boating services here. A zoo is also located nearby make sure you visit that too.
b) Renuka Sanctuary
Another place which should be on your places to visit in Nahan is the Renuka Sanctuary. If you are an animal lover then it is the perfect place which you can think of visiting. Nearby the sanctuary you would be coming across a zoo which is the oldest zoo in the state of Himachal Pradesh. You can expect to see animals like spotted deer, sambar, civet, jungle cat and leopard.
c) Jaitak Fort
If you are a person who is interested in seeing historical places or value historical heritage then Jaitak fort should be on your go-to list. It is located at about a distance of 25 kilometres from Nahan. If not for the fort, visit this place for the amazing view you get from the place. It has been built from the remains of the Nahan fort and the palace situated inside it has been well maintained and has a lot of heritage.
d) Suketi Fossil Park
If you ever had the wish of walking in a place like Jurrasic park then you should not miss out on this pace. It is located at a distance of about 21 kilometres from Nahan and houses many pre-historic animals made of fibre. It is one of its kind and gives you great experience.
e) Jammu Peak
The last place that I would like to mention in this list is the Jammu Peak which is located at a distance of about 8 kilometres from Lake Renuka. If you have been looking for a peaceful place then you wouldn’t get a better place than this peak. It is a perfect place for photography so don’t forget to carry your camera when you visit this place
Nahan is certainly one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Not only does it have ample tourist spots which are worth visiting but also has numerous activities which one can undertake. If you are going to Himachal Pradesh then make sure that you keep a day reserved for Nahan so that you can enjoy the heritage offered by this place.