Nahan – Capital of the Sirmour Princely State.

Nahan is a town in Himachal Pradesh in India and is the head office of the Sirmaur District. It was the capital of the previous Sirmur princely state. It is a stunning town which is well set in the top of Shivalik Hills. Nahan is a trade centre for farming produce and timber. The town’s markets consist of hand weaving, wood carving, and iron working. It was the capital of the Punjab Hill State of Sirmour (Sirmauor) during British rule in India.

There are numerous legends about Sirmour. According to among such legend, this princely state got “Sirmour” title because of its supremacy over all other handsome hill states of the contemporary period. Another legend reveals that this state is baptized in memory of, late “Shree Sirmour” boy of late King Rasaloo, the grandson of King Shalivaan-II. Rasalo ka tibba a location near Nahan is among the substantial proofs supporting this doctrine. There is also another saying that “Sirmour” got its name on the name of Sirmouri Taal (pond) near Ponta Sahib, which used to be the capital of Kulind state. The linguistic analysis of Hill dialect reveals that the word Sirmour comes from as a combination of two words Ser (pond) and Mour (palace) implying a palace on the periphery of pond and this word sermour ultimately altered to Sirmour.

Nahan has its previous spun around lots of tales and legends. Founded by Raja Karan Prakash in 1621 as a capital, it is believed that this town obtains its name from a sage named Nahar who lived at the exact same website where this town stands today. Based on another variation, the town gets its name from an event where the king who was trying to eliminate a lion was come by a saint called Baba Banwari Das who said Nahar meaning ‘do not kill’. The charming town today, is dotted with gardens, temples and a manmade lake. See Nahan, a cantonment town of Himachal for an unforgettable experience.

This city is well known for its streets which are dust totally free and tidy.

Shanan Hydro-Electric Project – Barot Valley

Shanan Hydro-Electric Project was created in the backdrop of dense deodar forests with a four-stage haulage rail network starting from
Jogindernagar upto Barot, a cup-shaped village on the bank of river Uhl. Barot Dam was made by British leaders as part of a tiny hydroelectricity project called the Shanan Hydel Project. It become first hydroelectric power plant in India. The vision of the hydel project system was to build five power plant utilizing the same water that is drawn from the Uhl River. Shanan Power House of Jogindernagar is the oldest Hydro-electric power house of India and one of the oldest powerhouses of the world.

The Shanan Power Home was designed, developed and constructed by British Engineer Colonel B.C. Batty and his group in collaboration with the ruler of Joginder Nagar area, Raja Karan Sen.

A narrow-gauge train track was laid from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar to bring the heavy machinery transported from Britain. A Haulage-way system was laid from the site of Shanan Power House to Barot, where the reservoir was created on Uhl river.

Commissioned in 1936 throughout the British policy, the Shanan Hydro-electric power house was built under a 99-year lease deed carried out between Joginder Sen, raja of Mandi State, and British engineer colonel BC Batty in 1925. During the reorganization of states in November 1966, the Shanan Power House went to Punjab on a 99-year lease deed. Shanan Power House, Stage-I of 4X12 = 48 MW was uprated to 4X15 = 60 MW in 1982. The uprated machines were ultimately commissioned in December, 1982.

Chamera Lake & Dam- Stunning Lake

The Chamera is an unnatural lake, which is surrounded by stunning green trees and beautiful valleys. Chamera Lake, a picturesque emphasize of Chamba Area, is 25 kilometres from the famous hill station of Dalhousie as well as it is visible from the Chamba Pathankot highway. This lake is located at an altitude of 763 meters above the sea level and can be accessed from Chamba district, which is only 25 to 35 km from the main market of Dalhousie. This man-made lake is created due to the hydroelectric dam developed over the river Ravi. The road connecting the Chamera Dam accompanies the Lake to Bhalei Holy place as well as the well-known thick forests of Bhandal valley.

Chamera Lake is the reservoir body of river Ravi on Chamera Dam. It invites you to delight in different water sporting activities. Paddle boating, rowing and also sailing are several of the much-loved traveler activities.

Chamera Dam

The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It lies near Dalhousie, in the Chamba area in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake. Large part of its reservoir lies in Salooni sub-division of Chamba. The Chamera-I produces 540 MW (3×180 MW) of electrical energy. The 2nd stage i.e. Chamera-II Dam creates 300 MW (3X100 MW) of electrical energy. The water level in the Chamera Lake rises to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters.

Any person visiting the Chamba Valley or Dalhousie, must see this Stunning Lake