Nahan – The perfect winter getaway spot

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Himachal Pradesh has no dearth of beautiful places to visit and Nahan is one of them. Just under 3000 feet about sea level, Nahan offers marvelous views of the Himalayan range. If you are planning to visit Nahan, here is what you need to know. The weather is pleasant year-round – summers being sunny and of course, chilly winters. April through June can be hot but winds off the mountains make the heat bearable. The monsoon is active July through September, leading to a mild drop in temperatures. Nahan’s winter starts mid-October and lasts till early March. Winter in this part of the world is bearable but occasionally, temperatures can drop to freezing.

When to visit and connectivity

The best time to visit Nahan is from September to mid-November when the weather is great.  If you are a doughty soul, you can visit even in the winter and enjoy it.  It is easy enough to avail a convenient and affordable taxi service in Karnal, Haryana and drive to Nahan. At just over 130 km from Karnal to Nahan, the drive is a fun one and takes around 2.5 hours. You can also take the train from Delhi, Chandigarh or Kalka. It is also well connected by bus from Delhi, Shimla and other surrounding towns.

Things to do in Nahan

Again, Nahan is a great place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and spend some time alone in nature. There are plenty of opportunities for those who like to go trekking and walking.  Some of the attractions to take in are

  • Renuka Lake – just 38 km from the town, this is a great place to get away and be close to the water. What sets this lake apart from the others in this region is its cultural history. Its shape is the form of a reclining woman and covers an area of 3214 meters. It is considered a personification of the Goddess Renuka and has religious significance for the locals. Visitors are treated to breathtaking vistas after walking through dense forests to reach the lake’s ridge.

 

  • Suketi Fossil park is a whimsical place and a good one for those who love science and excited about fossils. It is set on an actual fossil site and one of a kind in Asia. On the banks of the Markanda River, life-size displays of extinct mammals make it an exciting place to visit. After all, your imagination is the limit and check out the displays of fossils found in the area. Learning something new and sparking a child’s curiosity is something this place does well.

 

  • If you are an avid trekker, then Nahan is the place for you. Talk to local guides and trek to your heart’s content while getting away from the world.

 

  • Jaitak fort is another place to visit while you are in Nahan. It was built in 1810 and destroyed. It was reconstructed using recovered materials and offers spectacular views of the hills and mountains around Nahan.

 

  • Dhaula Kuan is an area with a multitude of orchards. With plenty of citrus and mango fruits, this area is well known for its cannery and delicious jams, pickles, and juices. Do visit the Kastasan Devi temple while in Dhaula Kuan.

Food Options in Nahan

Since Himachal Pradesh is close to the foothills of the Himalayas and shares borders with Tibet and Punjab, you get to taste some unique dishes. Day to day food is like other states in North India. Depending on the region, rice, maize, millets, and barley are staples across states. Milk and milk products are also liberally used and spices like cinnamon, red chilies and others are a mainstay of Himachali cooking. You may just get surprised at some of the distinct flavors and dishes.

All in all, if you have a long weekend and want to get away for some peace and quiet, then Nahan is the perfect getaway spot. Pack your bags, book your hotel and then book a licensed cab from Delhi to Nahan and have a great vacation.

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