Solan - Himachal Pradesh: Largest Town Of Himachal With Amazing Natural Beauty
Solan is an important district in Himachal Pradesh and a fascinating hill station sandwiched between Kasauli and Shimla. Deriving its name from goddess Shoolini Devi, the patron deity of the region, Solan is also famous as India’s mushroom capital and ‘city of red gold’ where tomato fields are rampant.
Solan is visited by tourists who seek solitude and peace. The town is all colours in June every year when a fair celebrating the goddess Shoolini comes alive with its 3-day mela at the Control Thoudo grounds.
Solan is some 50 km away from Shimla on the way to Kalka. It is a largely forested land surrounded by hills and mountains. It is also a gateway to other hill stations such as Shimla, Kasauli and Chail.
Solan is at an elevation of approximately 1467 metre above sea level and has high peaks surrounding it. To its east is the martial peak and to its north lies the Karol peak which is the highest and claims a height of 2,020 meters.
The mountains near Solan offer interesting trekking possibilities and the streams are well rich in game fish.
Legend has it that at Karol mountain the Pandavas resided during their exile. In modern history, Solan is famous as the place where the Irish mutiny of 1920 took place against the British army.
Places to Visit:
There are many places to visit in Solan including Shoolini Mata temple, Jatoli shiv temple, Yungdrung Tibetan monastery and the Gurkha fort.
Getting There :
One can reach the city using taxis, trains and buses. It is located around 44 km from Kalka.
By Air: Nearest airport Chandigarh (66 km)
By Rail: Nearest Station Kalka besides Chandigarh and Ambala Cantt stations
By Road: You can reach the hill station by road from Kalka, Chandigarh and Shimla by bus or car
All Solan hotels complement the beauty and elegance of the place. They come in a variety of options, from budget hotels to resorts and luxury ones. One of the leading hotels is AMOD located on Shimla highway and a blend of luxury and class.
Places to See and Things to Do in Solan:
- Jakholi Temple
- Jatoli Shiv Temple
- Khetarpal Marg
- Krishna Bhavan Mandir
- Nalagarh Palace
- Shakhni Mahadev Temple
- Sholoni Devi Temple
- Shoolini Mata Temple
In short, Solan is salubrious as the second most populous city of Himachal Pradesh after Shimla. It has more land area than Shimla with its 35 Sq km of area. Solan is also home to one of the oldest breweries –Mohan Meakin's brewery set up in 1855.