<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities
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is a town in Himachal Pradesh
and is the headquarters of the Sirmaur District
Nahan is located at . It has an average elevation of 920 metre
, Nahan had a population of 34,632. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Nahan has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 77%. In Nahan, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
A well-laid out picturesque town, Nahan is situated on a hill top in the Shiwalik Hills
, overlooking green hills. Traditionally, saints
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 companion named Nahar on the site where the Nahan palace now stands. "Nahar" means Don't kill and the town probably takes its name from an incident when a king was trying to kill a lion and the saint said Nahar, that is do not kill it. The name of the saint was Baba Banwari Das.
At an altitude of 932 m, Nahan is a good base for visits to the surrounding areas such as Renuka Lake
, Paonta Sahib
, Trilokpur temple
and the Suketi
Fossil Park. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and is watered by a man-made lake
and decorated with temples and... Read More