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Trip Advisory Nahan Renukaji Paonta Sahib


Location : Paonta Sahib, Nahan and Renukaji are situated in the southernmost district of Sirmaur of Himachal Pradesh. The district itself is adjacent to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh State and very close to Chandigarh, Kalka, Ambala and Dehradun.

The distance from

  • Dehradun to Paonta Sahib is 47 kms
  • Dehradun to Nahan is 90 kms
  • Dehradun to Renukaji is 110kms


  • Nahan
    From Nahan the Chourdhar peak dominates the skyline above the Shivalik range. The peak can also be visited. The famous festival of Bawan Dwadashi is held in the month of September. 52 images of God and Goddess are taken to the temple of Sri Jagannathdeb.

    The Temple of Mahamaya Balasundari dedicated to another form of Shakti had been built by Raja Deep Prakash in 1537 A.D. at Trilokpur ( 63 kms from Nahan). Devi had once appeared in the dream of a local businessman and directed him about the sacred pindi. It was enshrined in the temple. Besides the pindi, there is a marble image of Goddess with eight hands. 84 bells are hanging at the entrance of the temple. It is also called as Chaurasi Ghantowali Devi. There is a Shiva temple by the side of Balasundari temple. The festivals are held twice in a year i.e. Mar/Apr and Oct/Nov during Navaratra and visited by large numbers of devotees. Guru Govind Singh visited Nahan on 14th April 1685 and two Gurdwaras had been built in his memory at Nahan.

    The Shivalik Fossil Park at Saketi (14kms) is worth seeing. The real fossils have been preserved. It is believed that the people lived in Shivalik hill about 15 million years ago. The fossil museum also contain a large number of fossil items. The enthusiast tourists can also visit the Simbalwara Wildlife Park on Nahan-Paonta Sahib Road.

    Due to its location on the southern slope of the outer Himalayas i.e. Shivalik range, the best season for the tourists to visit are between October and March.

    Renukaji
    45kms south of Nahan, the spectacular lake of Renukaji of 2.5kms circumference is situated at Ramadri hill. Renukaji lake is regarded as the embodiment of the immortal Renuka. She was the mother of Parshuram, one of the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu and wife of sage Jamdagni as per Hindus. Once, Lord Vishnu vowed to finish all the Kshatriya clans in fit of rage. Parshuram took vengeance the death by killing Sahastrabahu who had killed Rishi Jamdagni and attempted to abduct Renuka. Renuka jumped into the lake but the Gods saved her life. A festival is held from the 10 days after Diwali till the next full moon night. The image of Parshuram is carried in a palanquin from Jamu village. Boating can be done in the lake. The lion safari park is also an attraction to the tourists.

    Paonta Sahib
    Poanta Sahib is situated on the western bank of river Yamuna. The place is also connected to Renukaji, Nahan and Dehradun by road. Guru Govind Singh lived here between the age 16 to 20 years in the 17th century. The place is dedicated to the 10th Sikh Guru. At the invitation of Raja Maidini Prakash of Sirmaur, Guru Govind Singh at his 16 year age came to this place. At the bank of the river Yamuna, the place where Guru dismounted from his horse and put his step is regarded as a holy place and the Gurudwara has been built thereat. The name of the place has been kept Paonta which means 'a space for the foothold' . A sizeable portion of Granth Sahib was written by Guru at Paonta. The turbulent water flow of the river Yamuna becomes calm near the Gurdwara. Bhangani (14kms) is a historical place. Here Guru with his 500 men fought a fierce battle against 20000 odd Mughal army of Fateh Shah together with the forces of 26 hill States for a few days and emerged victorious in 18th Sept. 1688. The arms of Guru has been preserved at the Gurdwara at Bhangani.




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