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Jigyasha Prasad May 23 2014

What can be a 1 day itinerary for Nahan?

Debangana Sen May 23 2014
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If you are looking forward to a short getaway that involves spending tranquil hours among wooded hills or exploring the treasures of an old sleepy town, this itinerary detailing a one day trip to Nahan might be perfect for you. Though Nahan is a gentle low-key hill-town, it has surprisingly a lot of attractions - be it religious places, scenic spots, heritage sites or adventure activities.

Photo of an aerial view of Nahan (from Official Facebook Page)

Nahan has a number of charming old promenades like Villa Round, the Hospital
Walk and the Military Round. You can begin your day by taking a leisurely walk at one of these. The Jagannath Temple is the most important shrine in the town. Raja Mahi Prakash constructed this ancient temple to house an idol he salvaged from Rajbans in 1671. It is the focal point of an annual pilgrimage, when the reigning deity and 52 other icons from the city temples are taken out in procession.

You can check out the nearby eateries and restaurants near Jagannath Temple, or head back to your hotel for breakfast. There are a number of attractions on the outskirts of Nahan, all within a 30-45 minute driving distance. You can easily spend the rest of your morning visiting any one of these and be back in time for lunch. Your options are:

Paonta Sahib (44 km from Nahan)

A popular religious destination for Sikhs, Paonta Sahib is known for its famous gurdwara. This hill-town is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and is blessed with natural beauty.

Photo of Gurdwara Paonta Sahib (from Official Facebook Page of Nahan)

Simbalwada Wildlife Sanctuary (12 km off NH72, towards Paonta Sahib)

A haven for birdwatchers, the sanctuary is home to hundreds of avian species. Get there early with a pair of binoculars.

Jaitak Fort (15 km, Jaitak Village, on the Nahan-Dadahu Road)

Built by the Sirmour kings, the ruined fort is a small structure that stands atop a hillock. The trek to the top is very scenic. From the fort you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Nahan. Good for spending 2-3 hours here.

Suketi Fossil Park (25 km, closed on Tuesday)

A great spot to take your kids, the park has many life-sized sculptures of extinct animals that roamed the earth. This also happens to be the largest fossil site in India.

Renuka Lake (38 km)

The largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, Renuka Lake is great for boating and picnics. You can also try out the Lion safari or visit the zoo.

Photo of Renuka Lake (by Himachal Tourism)

These were the options for the first half of you one day trip to Nahan. You can head back to your hotel and rest before venturing out again.

Your next stop can be the Ranzor Palace, one of the prime attractions of Nahan. Also known as the Royal Palace of Nahan, it gives a glimpse of the lifestyle led by the Bhatti kings of Sirmaur. The royal stable has presently been converted to a cinema hall. In the heart of the city lies the Rani Tal with beautifully laid gardens and a secret walkway which was used by the women in the royal family when they went for a bath.
A very popular picnic spot, the lake has boating facilities and numerous eateries surrounding it. You can grab a bite here and visit the Shiva Temple (adjacent to the lake) on your way back.

Towards evening you can visit Chaugan and the Mall Road, which are the two main hubs of the city. Chaugan is also the green lung of Nahan and Mall Road is quite lively with shops and eateries.

This captures the best of this sleepy town for a one day trip to Nahan. There also exist a couple of wonderful destinations in the vicinity of the town with Ambala being one of the most popular ones. If you like, you can try enclose Amabala in your trip to Nahan. You can easily cover the distance from Ambala to Nahan by car and vice versa. We hope this itinerary acts as a useful guide for your trip. Bon Voyage!

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