Nalagarh, Gateway to Himachal Pradesh, is a beautiful hill station founded in 1100 AD by the Chandela Rajputs who were patrons of art and architecture. It was a princely state during the British rule, known for its forts and kinu fruit orchards.


Nalagarh is a gateway to Himachal Pradesh in North India, 300 km of north Delhi and 60 km from Chandigarh. The Fort which was built in 1421 during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand is located on a hillock at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas affording a panoramic view of the Shivalik hills beyond the Sirsa river.
In the early twentieth century, Nawalgarh was one of the Simla hill states, under the government of the Punjab. The country was overrun by the Gurkhas for some years before 1815, when they were driven out by the British, and the raja was confirmed in possession of the territory. Grain and opium have, in the past, been main agricultural products.
Nalagarh was ruled by the Chandela Rajputs who originated from Chanderi in the Bundelkhand region of central India. Various other rajputs then inhabited this place including Tomara, Rathore, Parmar, Pawar, Panwar, Chauhan, Bais. Many have now stayed back as farmers in the Chikni Sirsa Valley.


Air: Nearest airport to Nalagarh is Chandigarh, which is about 55 km away from Nalagarh city center. Chandigarh is well connected by air with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Srinagar. Airport to Nalagarh taxi charge is about Rs 900.

Rail: Ghanauli, which is 21 km away from Nalagarh, is the nearest railway station. Ghanauli is well connected by rail route to other major cities including Delhi, Howrah, Ambala, Mumabi and Kalka. Ghanauli to Nalagrah Taxi charges about Rs 400.

Road: Nalagarh is well connected by other cities in the state and also to Chandigarh by state transport bus services. A/C deluxe and semi deluxe buses are available to Nalagarh from many cities nearby including Delhi and Chandigarh.

Things to do

Fishing: The adventurous people can enjoy the fishing at the Gobind Sagar Lake. Production of high quality fish fauna is the main feature of this Gobind Sagar Lake. Fish fauna in Gobind Sagar mainly includes Carp and catfish. Many other fish varieties are also seen here.

Tourists are allowed to do fun fishing, in a restricted way. This is really a great experience for enthusiastic tourists. Fishing is organized seasonally for visitors.

Nalagarh Resort arranges for fishing at Rs 100/- a day.

Boating: The tourists who visit Nalagarh can have the great enjoyment of boating in Gobind Sagar Lake. From the boundaries of the boat, one can feast the eyes upon immaculate flora and fauna and immersed in the fabulous scenery. The massive hydel dam at Bhakra formed the Gobind Sagar on river Sutlej and is named after the great Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

The Lake has emerged as a most important spot for boating and water sports. This place offers a wide range of facilities and training courses for water sports like swimming and boating.

Ropar barrage is an ideal location to have boating. The boating in this lake and barrage will be an unforgettable experience.

Solan district
STD Code
Summer 24-38°C, Winter 4-20°C
Best time to visit
Sep - May