Sirmaur district

Sirmaur is the most south-eastern district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is largely mountainous and rural, with 90% of its population living in villages. It include the towns of Nahan (its capital), the Shivalik Fossil Park at Suketi, where fossils over 85 million years old found.

The people worship Hindu deities (devtas), and various customs and rituals are observe by the people. The local language is Himachali Pahari.

Bishu is a popular fair, and feature the Thoda dance. Nati, Gee, Rasa and Budhechu are the popular forms of folk dance of Sirmaur, that enjoy at occasions at marriages and Diwali.

It was an independent kingdom in India, founded in about 1090 by Raja Rasaloo of Jaisalmer, one of whose ancestors was named Sirmaur. It became an 11 Gun Salute princely state in British India. The premier ruler of Punjab Hills, located in the region that is now the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The state was known as Nahan, after its main city, Nahan. it was ruled by the chiefs of Rajput lineage, who used the title “Maharaja”.

The district’s economy agriculture, including potatoes, tomatoes, apples, mangoes and peaches in the Rajgarh region, known locally as “the Peach Bowl”. At Dhaula Kuan near Paonta Sahib there is a government-operate fruit research centre. At the village Lana-cheta, farmers grow mainly grain.

Some of the destinations in Sirmaur are:

Shivalik Fossil Park
Churdhar Peak
Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary
Mini Zoo
Nahan
Jaganath Temple
Trilokpur Temple
Daula Kuan

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