Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in the Shiwalik hills, overlooking greenfields. Nahan is a well laid-out picturesque town, known for its cleanliness and dust free streets. Saint 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. Nahan situated at an altitude of 932 meters, is a good base for visits to the surrounding areas viz. Renuka, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil Park. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and is watered by man made lake and decorated with temples and gardens. It is the headquarter of Sirmaur district.
There gently level walks; Villa Round, Military Round and Hospital Round 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. Nahan celebrates Bawan Dwadshi towards the end of the monsoon when fifty two idols of local gods are carried in procession to Jagannath temple where they are floated ceremoniously in a pool and are restored at midnight to their niches. 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.
Altitude: 932 meters
Area: 2825 sq km
Population: 4.58 lakh
Temperature: Max. 38°C Min. 6°C
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and light woolens in winter.
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Rail: The nearest railway stations are Ambala, Chandigarh and Kalka which are connected by a regular bus service.
Road: Nahan is approachable from many directions by road
1. via Dehradun (Uttrakhand) through Paonta Sahib
2. via Kala-Amb from Haryana and
3. via Solan from Shimla ( H.P.)
There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali, Delhi and Haridwar.
Distances from Nahan
Places to visit Km
Dhaula kuan 20
Giri Nagar 27
Paonta Sahib 45
Suketi Fossil Park 21
Balasundri temple, Trilokpur 23
Rajgarh valley 40