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Nahan in Himachal Pradesh

Altitude : 932m
Temperature: Max. 38°C Min. 6°C
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and light woolens in winter.
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.

The city was founded as a capital by Raja Karan Prakash in 1621. Another version of how the city got its name 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 is basically a charming hill station with lots of old world charm and can provide simple pleasures to a tourist. It can also easily serve as a quiet weekend getaway from Delhi (The place can be reached in about 5 hrs from Delhi), and there are a number of resorts in which the vacationer can come and relax. The main attraction of this hill station is the fort belonging to Raja Shamsher Singh. The famous temple of Lord Shiva called Rani Tal Temple is the oldest one. Further, Rani Tal Garden adjoining this tempe is a beautiful historical garden. The gentle level walks of 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.

Places to see near Nahan:
1. Paonta Sahib: Located 52km away from Nahan, it is a holy spot for Sikhism, associated with Guru Gobind Singh.
2. Lake Renuka: Located around 20plus km away, the lake is the center of worship of goddess Renuka. Boating and trekking are added attractions at Renukaji.
3. Suketi Fossil Park: The Park houses fossils of pre historic animals dating back 8.5 million years to the Jurrasic era, which were found at the site. The Park can be a good place to take kids, and is educational (more detail: Located on upper and middle Shiwaliks, consisting mainly of soft sandstone and clay rocks, the park at present has six sets of life-size models of Stegodonganesa (extinct grand elephant) Sivatherium, Hexaprotodon-Sivalensis (hippopotamus with six incisors), Colosschelys Atlas (giant land tortoise and chelonia), Paramachaerdus (Sabre Toothed tiger) and Crocodilia the animals which once thrived in the region.).
4. Dhaula Kuan: a sprawling fruit orchard with citrus and mango trees and a fruit canning factory. A little away from Dhaula Kuan is Kastasan Devi temple where Raja Jagat Singh defeated the advancing army of Rulam Quadir Rohilla in a great battle.
5. Trilokpur Temple: It is approx. at a distance of 23 kms. from Nahan. It is a temple of Mahamaya Bala Sundri and has a great religious importance not only in Himachal but also in Haryana and Punjab.
6. Jetak Fort: 3 km (half an hour Trek can also be done here).
7. Giri Nagar: Situated at a distance of 7-kms from Dhaula Kuan, this town has a power house of 60 M.W. capacity, constructed after diverting the Giri river through a 6-kms long tunnel.

Some possible places to stay:
1. Nahan Grand View (link)
2. Black Mango Resort
3. Hotel Yamuna
4. Sirmaur Mahal Guest House
5. Keshav Guest House

How to get there from Delhi (by road):
From Delhi to Karnal and to Shahbad
* From Shahbad bus stand, from the red light take right turn
* Go straight and 20 kms ahead is Barara
* Take the Barara bypass road and 100mts away is a railway crossing
* Go straight and 25 kms ahead is Sadhaura round about
* From Sadhaura round about take a left turn (Landmark: There is an IOC petrol pump on the right hand side at the round about)
* Go straight and 14 kms ahead is KALA AMB (himachal Border)
* Crossing it and 16 kms ahead is Nahan

Other Road: Nahan is approachable from many directions by road; via Dehra Dun through Paonta Sahib; via Kalka-Ambala from Haryana and via Solan from Shimla.

RAIL: The nearest railway stations are Ambala, Chandigarh and Kalka which are connected by a regular bus service.

Air: Nearest airport is Chandigarh, with Delhi as an alternative

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