A New Year with a Twist at Nahan

Nahan is a small hamlet at an easily drivable distance from Delhi. Nestled in the Shivalik foothills, Nahan is ideal for those who want to get away from the noise of the city and spend a few days in nature’s lap. It is most well known for its spectacular views of both the mountains and the valleys and is ideal for newly wed couples seeking privacy and quiet.


Nahan is a small hamlet at an easily drivable distance from Delhi. Nestled in the Shivalik foothills. Photo from Flickr

Situated at an altitude of 932 meters, Nahan is not your regular run of the mill hill stations. Since tourism has been scant in this area, Nahan remains clean and pristine. There are a number of places of worship around Nahan and a lot of devotees pass through the place. Renuka lake and Renukaji temple are situated a mere 30 km away from Nahan and if you are willing to travel a little further, you can reach Trilokpur temple and Paonta Sahib Gurudwara. Some people travel even further to visit the famous Jagannath temple.

Nahan is perhaps most well known for its man made lake, Rani Tal, situated at the center of the town. This lake not only adds to the charm of the rustic town, but also brings water to it. A walk around the lake in the evening can be really pleasant.

We went to Nahan in a large group and didn’t wish to move around too much. Since we had also gone to Nahan on New Year’s eve, not everyone was in the mood to perform the religious circuit. So instead we asked the hotel to arrange a taxi to take us to some of the local attractions. We visited the Jaitak fort, a small fort and an attached palace belonging to the ancient ruling family of Nahan. This is a steep drive on a very narrow and unmanned road, so if you are not a very experienced driver, it would be best to get a taxi.

You could also visit the Suketi fossil park, which displays life size fiber glass statues of animals and fossils unearthed in the area. This can be a delight for young children as it shows the natural history of the Himalayas. Since we had children in our group, we also chose to visit Renuka lake in which boating is allowed. We hired three pedal boats and allowed the children to have some fun. However, since Renuka lake is considered a very auspicious lake, it is advised that you remove your shoes before entering it. Even if you are planning to sit in a boat, you will be asked to remove your shoes. Afterwards, you can head to the beautifully made Renukaji Temple.

All in all it wasn’t your typical new year’s eve but it was definitely one which we will remember for a long time. I recommend Nahan to everyone who is looking for a quiet and beautiful sojourn with family or close friends.

How to Get There?
By road: Nahan is well connected to Delhi through National Highway 1. It is also at a drivable distance from Pathankot.
By train: The closest railway station to Nahan is Pathankot.

Where to Stay?
There are not many places to stay in Nahan. In terms of accommodation, there are not very many options available. There are two main resorts, Sirmour Resort and Grand View Resort. Both of them are built right next to each other on sprawling estates. They have beautiful lawns and a lot of fun activities that you can take part in. Since there is not much to do in and around Nahan, it would be a good idea to carry a good book or some board games with you, especially if you plan to spend more than just a weekend there. We traveled to Nahan in December on New Year’s eve to escape the noisy new year celebrations in the city. Unlike all the other hilly retreats, resorts in Nahan still had rooms available at such a short notice. In addition to all the other facilities at the hotel, the resort also had a great evening of fun and festivities planned for its guests.

What to Eat?
Nahan is not famous for anything to eat. However, the locally produced rhododendron is used to make jams, jellies and squashes that are very famous.

Author:

I started my career as a research and documentation associate with the Azim Premji Foundation and went on to lead several development programs with various NGOs in Delhi. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the 14 member National Knowledge Commission’s Workshop for producing recommendations on Education Reforms for the Government of India. I was also part of a 40 member nationwide team that developed and presented proposals for the inclusion of Design and Innovation in school curriculum to the National Knowledge Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development. I was also the editor and chief contributor to a bi-monthly publication known as Student First. I currently reside in Delhi and spend my time traveling and writing about my travel experiences.

Comments

  1. Hi,
    I have been living in Delhi for the past 10 years; I didn’t know these beautiful places exist close to Delhi. How do you know about these beautiful places?

  2. Neha Jhingon says:

    Hi Praveen, my husband is an avid mountain climber and a trekker. He has a large circle of friends who keep telling us about great places to visit all over India. What you really need is a wanderlust that takes you beyond the usual tourist fare. I am sure you will surprise yourself!

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