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Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in the Shiwalik hills, overlooking Greenfields. Nahan is a well laid-out picturesque town, known for its cleanliness and dust free streets. Saint 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. Nahan situated at an altitude of 932 meters, is a good base for visits to the surrounding areas viz. Renuka, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil Park. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and is watered by manmade lake and decorated with temples and gardens. It is the headquarters of Sirmaur district.
There gently level walks; Villa Round, Military Round and Hospital Round are evocative of the city’s past. The hub of Nahan’s activities is Chaugan, Bikram Bagh and Khadar-Ka-Bagh. Gift shops, Rosin & Turpine factory and local temples are among the other major attractions. Nahan celebrates Bawan Dwadshi towards the end of the monsoon when fifty two idols of local gods are carried in procession to Jagannath temple where they are floated ceremoniously in a pool and are restored at midnight to their niches. In the heart of Nahan town is Rani Tal, where a large temple and a tank from the days of ex-rulers of Sirmaur State can be seen. Ducks and Cranes are seen playing in the Ranital Tank, and Ranital Garden further addition to the charm.

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Temperature: In winter the temperature can hover around freezing point and summers are high.
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and light/heavy woolens in winter.
Where to stay: Nahan has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes. HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices. For stay and further enquiries contact HPTDC or Renuka Dev Board.

By Road : Nahan is approachable from many directions by road Via Dehradun (Uttrakhand) through Paonta Sahib Via Kala-Amb from Haryana and via Solan from Shimla (H.P.). Regular bus services are available linking it to the other towns like Manali, Delhi and Haridwar.
By Rail :The nearest railway stations are Ambala, Chandigarh and Kalka which are connected by a regular bus service.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Chandigarh.
Places to visitKm
Dhaula Kuan20
Giri Nagar27
Paonta Sahib45
Suketi Fossil Park21
Balasundri temple, Trilokpur23
Rajgarh (via Bagthan)99
  1. Thrive in the beautiful valleys of Nahan.
  2. Visit the Agricultural University and enjoy Tropical Fruits.
  3. Learn about Pre-historic fossils preserved at Suketi Fossil Park.
  4. Explore the hidden hamlets while trekking across Churdhar.

Bawan Dawadashi Fair
In the month of September, Nahan hosts the Bawan Dawadashi fair.
Balasundari Fair
During the Chaitra Navratra in March/April, a large number of pilgrims visits the Balasundari Temple at Trilokpur, near Nahan to seek the holy blessings.

STD Code, Nahan1702
Bus Stand222512
Tourist Information Centre, Shimla0177-2654589, 2654589, 2832498
Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shimla0177-2625924, 2625864, 2625511
Fax: 0177-2625864, 2625864
HPTDC’s Marketing Office, Shimla0177-2652561/2658302
Fax: 0177-2652557
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Suketi Fossil Park
Suketi is 21 km from Nahan and has a fossil park with life-size fiberglass models of pre-historic animals whose fossils were found here. The park is spread over 5 km. The life-size models are of Stegodonganesa, Sivatherium, Hexaprotodon sivalensis, Colosschelys atlas, Paramachaerdus and Crocodilia, Mesozoic animals. These animals once thrived in the area.
The park has a fossil museum housing models showing the evolution of life-size and pre-historic tools and artifacts.

The museum has skeletal remains of different groups of skulls and limbs of mammals, skulls of hippopotamuses, tortoises, gharials and crocodiles, tusks of 22 species of elephants, rocks and charts and paintings related to the several aspects of plant and animal life.
The stone items on display belong to the Early Palaeolithic Man. Also preserved in the museum are fossils of two extinct primates, Sivapithecus and Ramapithecus. The museum houses antiquities unearthed by Captain Cautley in the area. From this he dug out the remains of one of Asia’s oldest human ancestors. Exhibits also include an Indian postage stamp with images of two elephants and tusks, issued in 1951 on the occasion of the centenary of the Geological Survey of India. The fossil park is the first of its kind in the country to be developed at the actual discovery site of fossils. Located on the left bank of the Markanda river it is approached by a link road, 4 km from highway. The park museum is closed on Tuesdays.


Trilokpur is 23 km from Nahan and has a temple of Balasundri. It stands on an isolated hillock. A fair takes place twice a year during the Navratras. The temple has 84 bells hanging at the entrance. The temple was built in 1573 by Raja Dip Prakash.

Renuka Lake

Renuka has a beautiful and sacred oval-shaped lake. It is the largest natural lake in Himachal. It is named after Renuka. Fed by underwater springs the lake has a circumference of 2.5 km. The shape resembles the profile of a reclining woman. The lake rests in a long valley and the surrounding woods are covered by a dense forest. It is best viewed from the hilltop above.
The Renuka lake has temples and ghats. The Renuka temple is a peach-colored twin-domed. There is an idol of Renuka ji (Parshuram’s mother). There is also the temple of Vishnu. Next to the Renuka lake lies the Parshuram Tal which is a much smaller lake.

According to the Puranas, Renuka is considered the birthplace of Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Jamdagni and his wife Renuka are believed to have meditated on the hill above Renuka. Their son Parshuram later pleased Lord Shiva with his penance and received a divine weapon Parshu. A major fair is held here in November. On Dashmi the idol of Parshuram is brought from the ancient Jammu Koti temple and carried down in a silver palanquin in a traditional procession. The pilgrims camp by the lake for the next five days. At Renuka you can start with a walk around the lake. Many species of water birds are seen including migratory ones. There are boating facilities. There is a mini zoo and wildlife sanctuary. The Renuka zoo is the oldest in the state and was opened in 1957. The Jataun barrage (5km) over the river Giri, makes an interesting excursion. Fishing of mahaseer is also an option in the Giri river. One can hike to Jamu peak (8km) which offers the best view of the Renuka lake.

Renuka Lakefull

Places to stay: Himachal Tourism’s Hotel Renuka is available at Renuka. It commands a great view of the lake with just a road dividing its terraced gardens from the waters. The original wing is in the colonial style and the recently constructed one has all modern facilities. There is also a Forest Rest House, the Kubza pavilion serai and 2 km away at Dadahu is a PWD Rest House. Private hotels and guest houses are also available. Dadahu is on the confluence of the Giri and Jalal rivers. It is surrounded by mountains. Renuka is 38 km from Nahan.

Giri -Bata a Power House

Nearby is the 60 MW Giri Bata power house constructed after diverting the Giri river through a 6 km long tunnel. The place is situated on the Giri river and is named Giri Nagar.