Nestled on the Shivalik Hills in Himachal Pradesh, Nahan is a stunning place encircled by lush green forests and snow-capped mountain ranges. It is the headquarters of Sirmaur district and a well-laid out region, which was founded by Raja Karan Prakash in the year 1621. He started the tradition of flying kites on Rakshabandhan festival and it is still followed even today. It is believed that a saint lived with a fellow named Nahar on the site where the Nahan palace stands now. It is also believed that a king once tried to hunt a lion but a saint called Baba Banwari Das stopped him from doing so by saying 'Nahar (Don't Kill)'.
Overlooking green fields, this region is known for its dust free streets, saints and princess that are connected with the origin of Nahan. It has been honoured with a crown to organize the second Municipal Corporation in India after Kolkata. Located at an altitude of 932 metres, Nahan is an ideal place to visit as there are plenty of tourist attractions around the place including Renukaji Lake, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil Park. Temples like Miyan Mandir, Nainidhar Shiv Mandir, Kalisthan Temple and Jagannath Temple are prime attractions for pilgrims or worshippers. Tourists may witness several fairs and festivals in this place, which are organized round the year. Gift shops and the rosin & Turpentine factory are a few other places to visit while holidaying in Nahan. Apart from the lovely spots and attractions in Nahan, its scenic surroundings spellbind any travelers with its unmapped forest routes and pleasant location. So, plan a trip to Nahan Tour and enjoy exploring the beautiful destination with your dear ones.
Adventure Activities in Nahan Some popular activities like trekking, mountaineering, angling, fishing and leisurely walk are best ways to explore Nahan. The breathtaking treks and picturesque beauty of Nahan enthralls trekkers from all over the world. Other than this, mountaineering, rock climbing, fishing and angling are also available for the adventure seekers.
Fairs and Festivals Nahan celebrates several festivals and fairs that draw a large number of travelers from all over the world. Some of the famous fairs and festivals of Nahan include:
Bawan Dwadashi: It is one of the popular fairs of Nahan which is held in the month of September in which fifty two idols of the local gods from the temples in Nahan are carried in palkis to the Jaggannath Temple of Bada Chowk Nahan- the place where idols are floated in a pool. This festival is celebrated in the remembrance of Vaman, who was the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to mythology, the twelfth day of the month of Bhadon is a very pious day as a fair is held on this very day and many tourists and locals take a bath in rivers or give money to Brahmins as charity, so that they can get peace in heaven after death.
Gugga Peer Fair: This fair is celebrated in Nahan in the honour of Gogaji, which is also popular as Gugga- a folk deity of Rajasthan.
Jamta Fair: This fair is organized by the Gram Panchayat in the village Jamta round the year before Dussehra. This fair is also known as Jamta Mela or Ashtmi Ka Championship and sees the participation of players from several states of India. Many people from all across India visit this sacred place during this festival. At night, many cultural programmes are held in which students of local schools take part.
Where to Stay Nahan has plenty of accommodation options ranging from luxury to budget hotels. All the hotels have well appointed rooms with modern amenities.
Few popular hotels in Nahan are:
Where to Eat Nahan has various eating outlets and eateries that serve a huge variety of delicacies. Hi-Spirit Bar, The Heritage Bar, Curry @3000 Feet and Jetak are some of the popular restaurants and bars where one may enjoy having dinner with cocktails.
Weather and Climate During winters (December to March), the temperature ranges from 3°C to 17°C. The monsoon season starts in December and continues till the end of March with the temperature ranging from 6°C to 27°C. Many tourists flock to this place in the month of October due to Dussehra.
Best Time to Visit December to March is the best time to visit Nahan as the weather remains pleasant and favorable for tourists.