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Located at the base of the Renuka Lake is the Parashurama Tal, a massive pool embodying, it is believed, 'Parashurama', who desired to spend eternity at his mother's feet.

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Mother and son are reunited every year at the great Renuka Fair, held on banks of the lake, in the month of November. The original temple of Renukaji, is said to have been built overnight by a contingent of Gurkhas in the early 19th century.

Fairs & Festivals

The reunion of mother and son is celebrated at the annual Renuka Fair in November where people come to seek the goddess' blessings for a happy and prosperous family life. Caps and turbans are exchanged as symbols of brotherhood. Processions of twelve local gods visit the Devi's temple during the fair. A number of food kiosks and entertainment pavilions are also set up for visiting pilgrims.

How To Get There

By Air
The nearest airheads are Dehra Dun and Chandigarh, which are accessible from Nahan and Renuka by road. Dehra Dun and Chandigarh are served from Delhi by Indian Airlines. Within the state, the capital Shimla, is connected by air, from which the region is accessible by road.
By Rail
For Nahan, the nearest railhead is Ambala, 100-km away, Dehra Dun also serves as a railhead, 65-km from Paonta Sahib. Regular train services from Delhi connect both rail terminals.
By Road
Delhi is the entry point for the region. For reaching Renuka, there are two routes from Delhi, both approximately 350-km. The first route from Delhi is via Shahabad, Naraingarh, Kala Amb, and Nahan to Renuka. The second route begins in Delhi and goes via Pipli, Yamunagar to Renuka. The Distance between Nahan and Paonta is 45-km; between Nahan and Renuka is 35-Km; and between Paonta and Renuka is 58-km. Saketi is 22-km from Nahan.

Places To Stay

Hotel Renuka, Renuka, District Sirmour
The HP Tourism Development Corporation makes boating facility available for tourists.

General Information

Near Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Main Attraction
Renuka Fair In November & The Lake
Founded By
Gurkhas In 1814.


Summer temperatures are high and cottons are recommended.
In winter, the climate is pleasant and medium woollens are suggested.

Prime Attractions of Nahan

A well-laid out picturesque town of Nahan is situated on an isolated ridge in the Shiwalik hills, overlooking greenfields. Known for its cleanliness and dust free streets, saints and princes are linked with the origin of Nahan. The city was founded as a capital by Raja Karan Prakash in 1621.
Renuka Lake
With a circumference of 3214m, Renukaji is the largest natural lake in Himachal. Shaped like the profile of a reclining woman, this is regarded as the embodiment of the Goddess 'Renuka'.