“Nature’s heart beats strong amid the hills.”
― Richard Monckton Milnes
While talking about Hill stations in India, the only places that strike our mind are Nainital, Mussoorie, Shimla, Srinagar, or Manali. There are few others that, though not very popular, have succeeded overtime to keep up to the hierarchy. Places such as Darjeeling, Ooty, Kufri, and Munnar comes under this category. Then comes into picture another category of hill stations that have isolated themselves from the tourists’ namesake hierarchies over time.
Under such category comes the majestic hill station, “Nahan“, located in Himachal Pradesh’s state in Sirmaur district. It was also the capital of Sirmur Princely states. The total population, as mentioned in the earliest census, comes up to be around 25,972. It is situated on the top of the Shivalik hills, surrounded by stunning green hills.
When one begins its journey towards Nahan from Delhi, it takes almost 6 hours to reach there by car if one drives at a nominal speed. The map portrays the road is not a straight way as it is expected from Hill stations surrounded by mountains. The roads are wavy. The area of Kala amb and Dadahu is also covered under the area of Nahan.
Nahan owns an immortal beauty of hills and mountains naturally made of different colours such as Orange, Brown and even black at some places. The hills look immensely aesthetic when viewed from a moving car as they change colour every 5-10 kilometres of distance. The journey is really appealing to the eye, where temples and fountains add their lot to the already beautiful surroundings during the way.
When one reached the destination, they will find themselves lost in a spiritual aroma, The Temple of Renuka, made in stunning and attractive colours. Renuka is believed to be a Hindu goddess worshipped predominantly in the state of Maharashtra. One of its temples is located in Nahan as well. The temple is not as crowded as the temples in Maharashtra, which is good for the people who like to visit more isolated places.
The most beautiful aspect of this place one can comprehend is the peace embedded in the greenery surrounding the whole area. Along with the beautiful yellows and reds used to paint the temple, the greenery adds an effect so profound that one delves deep into it and view it with adoration.
For those who plan to visit Nahan for only a day or two, few places are close to the good hotels where they can find Peace and liveliness and get the freshness of the waters’ nature and beauty. Connected to the Renuka Temple is the largest lake of Himachal Pradesh, ‘The Renuka Lake’, popularly known as Shri Renuka Ji, available for boating and sight-seeing.
There are some beautiful and big fishes on the verge of the lake, and vendors stand nearby selling the fish food, which one can purchase to enjoy the lovely fishes’ eating gestures while feeding them with that food. The area surrounding this lake is full of palm and khujur trees and long grass.
And if someone has never seen a turtle in their life, Renuka lake will come as a treat to them as an ancient turtle lives under the waters of this lake which comes out when someone offers food to him.
There is a zoo attached to this lake for people out there who enjoy wildlife, and they can find peace in watching and observing the animals at a 5 minutes walking distance, crossing over a few shops. It is a sanctuary with a total area of about 4.028 km, and the entire sanctuary consists of the Renuka reserve Forest.
The zoo is constructed in a very innovative structure whereby one can enjoy the entire zoo from a moving car at a slow speed. In between, to see some bird or animal closely, the tourists and passer-by can stop the car, and one can move closer to the fence to view it.
The place is not very famous, and thus there is less traffic and crowd, especially in July and August. This is the best time to visit Nahan. One can also visit Nahan in November as the weather is pretty pleasant during that time. For people who want to get away from day-to-day hassles and get an environment full of greenery, liveliness and isolation, Nahan is a place for them. There is not much to see here, but the few places there are would be enough to give a peaceful atmosphere.
It is a must-visit once for sure!