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A well-laid out picturesque town of Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in the Shiwalik hills, overlooking green fields. Known for its cleanliness and dust free streets, saints 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.

,The gentle level walks of Villa Round, Military Round, Hospital Round and Ranital 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. 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 adds to the charm.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS

Saketi Fossil Park: The Saketi Fossil Park is world famous for its display of Fossils and life size fiber models of some of the extinct species that roamed these lands. This is the site of largest Fossil find in India and is frequently visited by students and scholars undertaking research on the fossil find. The mammalian fossils are particularly famous and include the fossils and the models of the extinct giant land tortoise, gharial, four-horned giraffe, saber-toothed tiger, large-tusked elephant, hippopotamus etc.
The park is approx. 25 km from Nahan is open from 9.30 am - 5 pm daily except Tuesdays. The Park created by Geological Survey of India and Himachal Pradesh Government has been carefully maintained and nourished. It is also possible to visit various other fossil excavation sites around the park.
   
Renuka lake: Renuka lake is situated at a height of 672 m and lies in Sirmour district. It is 123 km from Parwanoo, 60 km from Paonta Sahib via Sataun and 38 km from Nahan via Dadahu. With a circumference of 3214m, Renukaji is the largest natural lake in Himachal. Shaped like the profile of a reclining woman, this is regarded as the embodiment of the goddess Renuka. Near the lake's feet is another lake held sacred by Hindus, and is associated to a legend surrounding her son , the
legendary sage Parshurama. Both have temples built around them and the main temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka is regarded to have been built overnight in 18th century. The lake lies in a long valley and surrounding slopes are covered with thick woods. The lake is full of colourful fish and other acquatic animals. The lake is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary and a few other temples. Boating facility is available at the lake.
   
Trilokpur Temple: Raja Dip Prakash built it in 1573 and is situated at a distance of 23-kms from Nahan and 6-kms from Kalka-Ambala highway, the gateway to Nahan from Haryana. Trilokpur is a place of great religious importance. The temple of the goddess Mahamaya Bala Sundri is very famous and attracts lakhs of pilgrims from all over northern India, especially from Haryana and Himachal. A fair is held twice an year during the Navratras in April and October when a large number of devotees visit this temple and pay their respects to the goddess.
   
Jaitak Fort: The Jaitak hills near Nahan and Sirmour present a royal Jaitak Fort perched atop its plain. The fort is believed to have been constructed out of the material which was recovered from the destroyed and devastated Nahan Fort in 1810. The Gorkhs leader Ranjor Singh Thapa and his brave men hade attacked and ransacked Nahan fort and Palace and constructed this majestic Jaitak fort atop the Jaitak hill.
Situated around 25 Km from the town of Nahan the fort Jaitak is magnificent due to its location and affords a breathtaking view of the surrounding beauty due to its strategic setting.
   
Markanda: Markanda is a small river of Nahan area of the Sirmaur district. It rises from the Southern face of the lower Himalayas on the Western ranges of the Kiarda dun or Paonta valley. The lower Himalayan hills of Nahan are on the right side of the Markanda valley while the low rolling Shivalik hills lie on its left flank. It is a rain fed river and has extremely low flow in the winter and summer months, but rises suddenly in the monsoon.
   

 

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