Nahan is a magnificent town surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountain ranges. It is nestled on the Shivalik Hills in Himachal Pradesh. Nahan was founded by Raja Karan Prakash in 1621. He started a tradition of flying kites on Rakshabandhan festival, a tradition still followed. It is said that a saint 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 a historical incident, when a king was trying to kill a lion and the saint said Nahar, which meant do not kill it.
The name of the saint was Baba Banwari Das.With an altitude of 932 m above sea level, Nahan has exotic tourist destinations like Suketi Fossil Park, Simbalwara Wildlife Sanctuary, and Renuka Wildlife Park. Nahan has many forts, temples, and lakes. Renuka Lake is the largest lake of Himachal Pradesh with a vast boundary of 3214 m. A mythological story of Sage Jamdagni and his son Parshurama is related to this beautiful lake.Chaugan, Bikram Bagh, Khadar-Ka-Bagh are the main hubs of Nahan’s day to day activities.
Local temples, gift shops, the Rosin & Turpentine factory are among the other major attractions of this place. Situated at the centre of Nahan town is Rani Tal, which has a large temple and a water pond. Rani Tal has a royal heritage which is also known as “Queen’s lake”, and it was a retreat for the royal family that used to rule Nahan. Recently, this destination has been converted into a public picnic spot. Ducks and cranes in the Rani Tal Tank and Rani Tal Garden further add to its charm.
The Mall Road is another popular destination for the youngsters.Jaitak is one of the oldest forts of Nahan, which was constructed by the Gorkhs leader Ranjor Singh Thapa and his followers. They attacked the Nahan Fort and constructed the Jaitak Fort on the top of Jaitak Hills from the same material that was collected from the ruins of the Nahan Fort.
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Further, religious places like Jaggannath Temple, Renuka Temple, and Trilokpur Temple are other prominent attraction of Nahan. Ranzor Palace and Pakka Talab are the heritage destinations of Nahan. Jamu Peak and Choordhar Peak are favourable destinations to visit for Trekking and other mountain sports.
Travellers planning a trip to Nahan can reach the destination via air, rail and road.
Nahan can be visited all round the year. Summer season starts in the month of March and lasts till June. Travellers can explore Nahan even during the autumn season as the weather remains pleasant for sightseeing activities and trekking. Winters are chilly and frosty.