Located at Sirmaur district. 100 km (62 miles) South of Shimla lies the beautiful and most picturesque hill station Nahan.It is situated at the lower Shivalik Hills and is close to the plains and is just 6 hours drive from Delhi. Nahan nestles sleepily on a low wooded ridge at 930 m (3,051 ft).
Visiting Nahan is a unique experience and there are many places for sightseeing here. The old town has a quaint charm with cobbled streets and an bazaar that dates back to 17th century. A well laid out town on a hill top over-looking green fields with a huge lake – Rani Tal located in the centre of the town.
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Situated 38 kilometers from Nahan this is the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh. A well maintained lake with boating facilities and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary. The lake is shaped like a reclining woman, the Godess Renuka .According to Hindu mythology, Renuka was the wife of the sage Jamdagni and mother of Lord Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. She was killed by her son at his father’s command, and miraculously came back to life, only to disappear again, leaving behind an imprint in the shape of her body.
Renuka Wildlife Santuary
The total area of the sanctuary is about 402.80 kms and here one can witness a plethora of wild flora , fauna and animals like Asiatic Lions. There is also a mini zoo in the outskirts housing a pride of lions, Himalayan black bear and antelope for one can go and watch the animals in their natural environs.Nearby lies a smaller lake called Parasurama Tal, and below this, an open area where the Renuka Fair is celebrated every year in November.
Suketi Fossil Park
Suketi Fossil Park, is one of the most famed fossil parks in the whole of Asia and is well known for its life-size models of pre- historic animals.
This is one of the oldest forts of Nahan, that was built by the Gorkhs leader Ranjor Singh Thapa on top of the Jaital hills after defeating the then rulers of Nahan.
Also while in Nahan you can visit the Pakka Talab, Jagganath temple that is located in Nahan town and the Ranzore Palace that is still used as residence by the erstwhile royal family of Nahan.
Best Time to Visit: September to March
How to Reach:
Nearest Airport – Chandigarh (79 kms ); Nearest Rail-head: Barog (48 kms ). Well connected by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi.
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