Nahan in Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful city located at an
altitude of 3000 ft. above the sea level, cultivated
and watered by man made lakes and decorated with
temples and gardens. There are many stories associated
with the Nahan city. Nahan city was founded by
Raja Karan Prakash in 1612 A.D. Another interesting
story tells about a saint who lived with a lion on the
site. "Nahar" meaning lion and probably the
city got its name from this saint. Bawan Dwadashi is
celebrated towards the end of monsoon when fifty two
idols of Gods are carried in procession to Jagannath
temple in Nahan in Himachal Pradesh. The City has got many beautiful sites
and very interesting stories are related to them.
Nahan is a good base for visits to surrounding areas
viz. Renuka Lake, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur mandir
and Suketi Fossil Park. In the center of Nahan is
Ranital. It has a Huge Temple and a pond from the days
of ex-rulers of Sirmaur State. It is said that
the queen of the State use to take bath in the pond.
A well laid out picturesque town of Nahan
at an altitude of 932 metres [3258 ft], with pleasant
climate throughout the year, is almost 88 km from
Solan [via Kumarhatti] and 103 km from Ambala Cantt.
The city whose name divides into "na" and "han"
in Sanskrit meaning "invincible" is
peacable, salubrious and cultivated, watered by
man-made and decorated with temples and gardens. Three
gentle, level walks, Villa Round, Military Round and
Hospital Round, are unconsciously evocative of the
city's recent past. But Nahan's hub is Chaugan, which
has princely affiliations cherished remains of the old
royal capital, with lytons memorial Near By. Sirmuri
Tal, in the form of sculpture are displayed at the
Circuit House, contemporary art pieces are found at
the Shanti Sangam. Nahan celebrates Bawan Dwadashi
towards the end of the monsoon when fifty-two idols of
the gods are carried in procession of the . A fair is
held twice a year at Trilokpur at the temple of the
goddess Bala Sundari, built in 1573 by Raja P.
Jagannath temple, where they are floated ceremoniously
in a pool and are resorted at midnight to their
entire landscape of fields, forests and ravines is the
Churdhar peak which rises to 3,647 metres [11,965 ft],
above sea level. It is approached by way of Dadahu,
Sangrah, Bhawai, Gaudhuri and Nahura, a 50 Km trek. A
less taxing journey is by bus or car to Nahura and
thereafter a walk of 16 km. The climb is difficult
but rewarding. The peak affords a view southwards of
the Gangetic plain and the Sutlej river, northward
lies Badrinath the well-worn Hindu pilgrim route and
beyond, Tibet. Also seen, are the hills, of Chakrata
and Shimla. The peak in crested with a temple and
below, a spa and a dharamsala offer temporal solace to
Renuka Lake : Renuka
Lake is the most beautiful lake of all the lakes in
Himachal Pradesh . Renuka was the wife of Rishi
Jamadagni. One day he got displeased with his wife and
ordered his son Lord Parshuram to behead her. Rightly
so Lord Parshuram carries out the orders of his
father. Rishi Jamadagni pleased with son asks his son
for a wish. Lord Parshuram asks for his mother's life.
In November each year a fair is held in Renuka which
celebrates the reunion of Maa Renuka and Lord
Paonta Sahib : Paonta Sahib is a city sacred
to the memory of Guru Govind Singh. It is situated at
a distance of 40 kms. from Nahan. The city is named
Paonta sahib for two reasons. One because set foot in
this place and other because he lost his ornament
which he used to wear in his foot while bathing in
Yamuna river which flows next to the place. Guru
Govind Singh also wrote the major portion of Dassam
Granth at this place.
Trilokpur Temple :Trilokpur Temple is
situated at a distance of 23 kms. from Nahan. It is a
Temple of Goddess Mahamaya Bala Sundri. Large number
of devotees visit this temple during Navratras.
Bala Sundri Fair : Bala Sundri Fair is held
at Trilokpur near Nahan. This fair takes place in the
days of Navratras.
Suketi Fossil Park : This park mainly
consists of soft sandstone and clay. This park derives
its importance from the fact that it is the first
fossil park in Asia developed at the site where
fossils were actually found. Suketi Fossil Park at
present has life size models of extinct grand
elephant, hippopotamus with six incisors, sabre
toothed tiger and animals which once thrived in it.
Dhaula Kuan : Dhaula Kuan is 20 Kms. from
Nahan. It has orchard consisting of mangoes and
circuit plants. A little away from Dhaula Kuan is
Kastasan Devi Temple.
Nahan is one of
the beautiful cities of India to explore.Being a part
of Nahan in Himachal Pradesh is blessed with beauty
of snow covered peaks and has become a centre of
attraction for tourists throughout the year.