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Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in the Shiwalik hills, overlooking green fields. 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 .

Gurudwara of Nahan has it's own significance . Raja of  Nahan and the Raja of Garhwal were not on good terms with each other . The Raja of nahan was eager that the Guru should shift and settle in his state so that there might prevail peace with Fateh Shah , the ruler of Garhwal. In the far of Doon ,Ram Rai was in favour of Fateh Shah of Garhwal who was enjoying the eternal solace on account of the formers spiritual blessing. The Raja grinding his on axe by the presence of the Guru in his own territory, thus though of the union of religion with patience. He thus , very respectfully extented an invitation to the Guru. The Guru was pleased to honour the Sangat by accepting there request but made a insuring war which was threatening them.    

Thus Guru Gobind Singh ji, before coming to Paonta Sahib stayed for a while at Nahan on the invitation of 33rd Raja of Nahan Medni Prakash & fought his territorial area back from his rival rajas. Guru satisfied the state of Nahan with his holy presence and was given a warm welcome by Raja Medni Prakash His ministers and hundred of followers of the house of Guru Nanak. The Guru stayed in the city of Nahan and made a short sojourn of the area .

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.

Mehlat was the official residence of the Raja of Nahan during early 17 century. The palace now, due to negligence of Govt. authorities is on other verge of ruins. It is said that the this property is inherited by Princess Padmini, daughter of Maharaja Shamsher Singh of Nahan.

Suketi Fossil Park displays life size fiberglass model of pre-historic animals whose fossil, skeletons were unearthed here. The park is first of its kind in Asia to be developed at the actual site where fossils were discovered. At a distance of 21 kms. from Nahan, the Suketi Fossil Park is located on the bank of Markanda river and is approachable by a link road 4 kms. from Kala-Amb from Haryana. Located on upper and middle Shiwaliks, consisting mainly of soft sandstone and clay rocks, the park at present has six sets of life-size models of Stegodonganesa (extinct grand elephant) Sivatherium, Hexaprotodon-Sivalensis (hippopotamus with six incisors), Colosschelys Atlas (giant land tortoise and chelonia), Paramachaerdus (Sabre Toothed tiger) and Crocodilia the animals which once thrived in the region.

The Shiwalik formations contain one of the world's richest collection of mammalian fossils. From a study of these fossils, it has been possible for the palaeontologists to probe into the mysteries of evolution of prehistoric life and the climate and environment of these periods which go back to Jurassic era, nearly 8.5 million years ago. The Shiwalik deposits are unsurpassed in the world for the richness of the fauna they entomb. Around this park, plantation work by Horticulture Department has been done which makes the surroundings quite charming.

The other major attraction is the Museum which contains various fossils, models, charts and paintings relating to the various aspects of plants and animals life of the past and present in Shiwalik range. For refreshment, the HPTDC has a cafeteria a Tourist Information Centre is established there by the Himachal Government.


Delhi Gate




Suketi Fossil Park


Suketi Fossil Park