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A Quick Tour to NahanRoad trip to Nahan Jamta Renukaji Paonta Sahib from DelhiTotal No of days - 4Dated - May 2013

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Places to see in & around Nahan Renukaji and Ponta Sahib

Nahan situated at an altitude of 932 meters, is a good base for visits to the surrounding areas like Renuka, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil Park. Dominating the entire landscape of fields, forests and ravines is the Churdhar peak, which rises to 3647 meters and is a trekkers’ treat from Nahan and Renuka. Approached by way of Dadahu, Sangrah, Bhawal, Gandhuri and Nauhra, it is a 50 km trek. A less taxing journey is by taxi or car to Nauhra and thereafter a walk of 16 km. The climb is difficult but rewarding. The peak offers a fine view of the Gangetic plains and the Satluj river in south, and Badrinath towards the north.

The most important place of tourist interest in Sirmour is the sacred and picturesque lake of Renuka, 38 km from Nahan via Dadahu. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh having crystal clear waters. It is shaped like a sleeping women. As per a legend Renuka was the mother of the legendary saint Parsu Ram, who killed her in obedience of the orders of his father – the sage Jamadagni. After her death, lake Renuka was formed surrounded by stepped fields of golden corn. On the left bank of the Renuka lake are three Ashrams run by Sadhus and these have inns to accommodate pilgrims visiting this sacred lake. Gayatri temple has a rare 1.60 meter high Panch Mukhi Ma Gayatri statue made of marble. There are marble idols of Ganpati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indra as well. This temple is dedicated to Ma Gayatri – the mother of Vedas, the treasure of Hindu wisdom.

Renuka Wild Life Sanctuary sorrounding the Renuka lake It is a treat to see the Majestic Emperor of the forests and pride of the nation "ASIATIC LION".This sanctuary also has a large number of Black Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal and Leopard. Besides, it has a large number of birds and fishes like Parakeet, Barbet, Wild Fowl, Water Hen, Common Coot, Wood Pecker, King-fisher, Kalij Pheasant, Red Fowl, Sambhar with its sagacious antlers, Spotted Deer and the Geese along with other aquatic birds.

The Balasundari temple is situated at a distance of 23 km from Nahan and 6 km from Kala Amb, the gateway to Nahan from Haryana. Trilokpur is a place of great religious importance. The temple of the goddess Mahamaya Balasundri is very famous and attracts lakhs of pilgrims from all over Northern India, especially from Haryana and Himachal.

Dhaula Kuan lies on the road to Paonta Sahib 20 km from Nahan, this is worthwhile stop which prides itself with a sprawling orchard of citrus plants and mangoes, and a fruit processing factory manufacturing various kinds of juices, jams, pickles and canned fruits.

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 km from Nahan, the Suketi Fossil Park is located on the bank of Markanda river and is approachable by a link road 4 km from Kala-Amb from Haryana. 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.

Paonta Sahib is a sacred town built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. The road passes through Sataun and follows the Giri River along the beautiful scenery. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, Paonta Sahib is a bustling township with growing industries. It is one of the important holy places for the Sikhs. It retains tangible memories of Guru Gobind Singh in the form of his weapons and a majestic Gurudwara. It recalls his presence even in the name of the city which is derived from Paonta meaning "foot", either because he set foot on this place or, according to an alternate story, he lost an ornament which he wore on his foot called "Paonta" while bathing in the Yamuna river.

It is believed that Lord Shiv Shankar placed a condition in providing immortality to this bhakt Ravan that, he has to make 5 seprate stairs to reach heaven in five different places. in a day. So the first was 'Har Ki Pauri' at Haridwar, the second swarg ki seedhi was known as 'Pauri Wala' and the third was 'Chooreshwar Mahadev' and the 4th 'Kinnar Kailash'. After this he slept and could not complete the fifth on the same day and remained deprived of Immortality.

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