The Unexplored Nahan of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state that earns fame for the pristine natural beauty of its towns, hamlets and hill stations. Nestled in the Western Himalayas, this picturesque state is dotted with lofty snow-covered peaks, meandering rivers, scenic valleys and dense green forests, which together make it a paradise for nature-loving holidaymakers. The natural charm of this place is the reason why it has been amongst the favourite shooting locations of Bollywood filmmakers since decades. Getting featured in films has added to the popularity of this Indian state, which is dotted with tourist delights. People who wish to explore this place can choose any state-wise holiday package in India that can be availed on any travel portal on the internet.

When talked of holiday destinations in this region, people have ample of options to choose from. While Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Kasauli, Kangra, Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Chamba are the famous hill stations and valleys in the state, there are also several lesser-known destinations, which are yet to be explored. Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Nahan and Palampur are a few such places in Himachal Pradesh that are not much known, but are no less than spectacular when it comes to the natural splendour. Amongst these, Nahan is a hilly town, which is gradually gaining popularity for its scenic locales and verdant countrysides.


Impressive Landscapes of Nahan

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Situated at an altitude of less than a thousand metres above the sea level, Nahan is a small and picture-perfect destination in Himachal Pradesh. It serves as the administrative headquarters of the Sirmaur district, which is a mountainous and rural region in the southeast of the aforementioned state. This town is nestled atop a hill in the Shiwalik ranges and commands a stunning view of the undulating green terrains. It is linked to saints and princes as per the local lores and traditions.


There are various interesting legends regarding the origin of this hilly town. According to a story, it was founded in the first half of the 17th century by a local king. Another story narrates that a saint lived at this place with his companion named Nahar. As per the third story, Nahar means do not kill in local parlance, which concludes that a saint stopped a king from killing a lion, thus providing such a name to this town.


This salubrious place serves as an important base for the exploration of significant sites, which include Paonta Sahib, Renuka Lake and Suketi. The pleasant climate of this town further enriches the holiday experience. Owing to its natural charm and uncluttered environs, Nahan can be a wonderful destination for couples opting for honeymoon packages to Himachal Pradesh. Taking walks on the winding roads of this place is a fulfilling and romantic experience in itself. Rani Tal – the lake in the heart of this destination – is an ideal place for spotting ducks and cranes. There are a few other lakes and water bodies with adjoining gardens, which are dotted with beautiful sculptures and fountains. The town also has several temples, some of which are several hundred years old in origin.


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