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Nahan is a perfect romantic getaway located away from the buzzing crowd of the city. This quaint little hill station is located in Himachal Pradesh and serves as an ideal holiday destination that lies among the lofty Shivalik range overlooking clean streets, dirt-free roads, and lush green fields.

Nahan has its past spun around several legends and folktales. It was founded in 1621 as a capital by Raja Karan Prakash and it is said that this hilltown derived its name from a sage called Nahar who used to live at the same site where this town stands today. As per another legend, Nahan got its name from an incident where the king was on a hunt to kill a lion and was halted by a saint called Baba Banwari Das who stopped the king yelling ‘Nahar’ which means 'don't kill'. The beautiful hilltown is now dotted with temples, verdant gardens, and a manmade lake. 

Best Time To Visit 

Widely popular for still unexploited by commercialism and trekking, Nahan can be visited any time of the year. The weather during summers remains warm and pleasant while during the winters it gets cold and freezing but each season adds a different charm to the natural beauty of the location. The transitional seasons of spring and autumn are the most preferred seasons for activities like hiking and strolling around the town. 

History of Nahan

Nahan was founded by Karam Parkash in 1621 AD who ruled the region from 1616 to 1630 AD. Later, Karam Parkash became a spiritual disciple of renowned sage Baba Banwari Dass whose descendants still hold the temple of Jagan-Nath at Nahan.

Places To Visit In Nahan

1. Renuka Lake

Situated around 38 kilometers away from Nahan, Renuka Lake is the perfect place to visit nature lovers and for the people who are always on the lookout for the solace, it offers. Unlike other lakes in the region that are popular for their natural surroundings and pristine beauty, Renuka Lake is famous for its cultural history. 

2. Suketi Fossil Park

This theme park is dedicated to life science and fossils. Approximately 21 kilometers away from Nahan, Suketi Fossil Park is a unique and the first one of its kind in Asia that was established on the actual site of fossil discovery.

3. Jaitak Fort

Situated on the top of Jaitak Hills, this fort was built in 1810 by Gurkha leader Ranjor Singh Thapa. Situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Nahan, Jaitak Fort was made by using the material recovered from the Nahan fort after it was ransacked and destroyed.

4. Churdhar Peak

A treat for rock climbing and trekking lovers, Churdhar Peak is situated at a height of 3650 meters above sea level and is a 50 kilometers long trek. Surrounded by lush forests and fields, you can reach Churdhar Peak from Sangrah, Dadahu, Gandhuri, Bhawal, and Nauhra.

5. Dhaula Kuan

This tourist spot draws a lot of travelers throughout the year. Dhaula Kuan is one of the major tourist attractions in Nahan and is dotted with numerous orchards of mango trees and citrus fruits. 

How To Reach Nahan

Nahan is a quaint little hill town in Himachal Pradesh. Although it is a popular travel destination it has no dedicated Airport or Railway Station. The city is equipped with good roads. Cabs and Buses are easily available to reach Nahan. State buses are reasonable and comfortable. Here’s how to reach Nahan.

  • Nearest metropolitan city. New Delhi
  • Nearest Airport. Chandigarh Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station. Kalka Railway Station
  • Distance from New Delhi. 251 Kms

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By Air

Nahan doesn’t have a dedicated airport and the nearest airport is in Chandigarh. Dehradun and Shimla Airport are also viable options to reach Nahan. To cover the remaining distance, you can hire a cab from these cities easily. Also, state-run and private buses are easily available to reach your destination. 

  • Distance from Chandigarh Airport - 50 Kms

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By Train

There is no dedicated railway station in Nahan and the nearest railheads Kalka, Chandigarh, Barara, and Ambala. You can deboard the train at Yamunanagar station. Regular buses from these stations are easily available to reach Nahan.

  • Distance from Kalka Railway station. 91 Kms

By Road

Many roads will lead you to Nahan if you are traveling by road. However, the shortest route to reach Nahan while commuting from Delhi will be via Saha. Regular state-run and private buses link the neighboring states and cities to Nahan.

  • Distance from Chandigarh. 85 Kms

Travel Tip

If you are planning to visit this little town in Himachal Pradesh then plan your trip for at least 2-3 days to fully enjoy your visit.

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