Solan is one of the 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh and it is named after the gratifying town of Solan. Solan is perched at an elevation of 1,465mts above sea level offering scenic vistas of nature. Solan name is inspired from Goddess Shoolini, Solan is also popularly known as mushroom city of India. Mohan Meakin’s brewery is the oldest brewery of India situated in Solan which was established in 1855. The average literacy rate of Solan is 82% which is way higher than the literacy rate of India. Solan is well connected with motorable roads and railway networks. Popular places of Himachal like Shimla and Kasauli are a few hours drive from Solan. The climate of Solan is salubrious and one can enjoy a holiday here for weeks to escape the chaotic schedule of life in the city. Solan is the most fascinating midway between Chandigarh to Shimla affording panoramic views of lush green mountains and enchanting valleys. Popular hill stations of Solan are Chail and Kasauli which is flooded by tourists all around the year.
Location of Solan
Solan is situated 304kms from Delhi at an elevation of 1,465mts above sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Solan district is surrounded by 4 popular and populous districts of Himachal Pradesh namely Shimla, Sirmaur, Bilaspur and Mandi. Solan is well connected with motorable roads and narrow gauge railway network. Solan is located on NH22 with JubbarHatti acting as the nearest airport.
Places to see in Solan
Mini Zoo: There is a Children’s Park in Solan which also inhabits a mini zoo. There are deers, wild cats, various kinds of birds and some other animals in the mini zoo. This place is an ideal spot for picnicking with your children. Don’t feed the animals.
Karol Caves: It is the ancient and longest cave of the mighty Himalayas. This site is situated just 5kms from Solan with the caves having its end at Pinjor Gardens. Karol caves are situated at an elevation of 7000ft above sea level.
Gurkha Fort: Gurkha Fort was built by the Gurkhas nearly 300years ago. This Fort is situated on Dhar Mountain at an elevation of 7100ft above sea level offering awe inspiring views of Shimla one one side and Kasauli on another.
Young Drum Monastery: Situated 15kms from Solan, Young Drum Monastery teaches the oldest religion of Tibet ‘Ban’.
Barog: Situated 7kms away from Solan, Barog is a small village famous for pine trees and longest tunnel in Kalka-Shimla Railway line. Barog is situated at an elevation of 1680mts above sea level and this site is progressively developing into a popular town.
What to do in Solan
Explore the pastoral life of the region. Visit Kasauli and other popular tourist destinations of Solan district. If you are an adventurer and explorer then walk on the paths that are less travelled by. Do Photography. Enjoy winter sports if you are planning a visit from December to February. Enjoy a holiday at Solan with your loved ones. Carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters.
Excursions from Solan
Chail: Chail is an ultimate tourist destination surrounded by pine and deodar forests. This site was summer capital of the Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala. Chail overlooks the gorgeous Satluj Valley. Shimla and Kasauli are also perceptible from Chail with an illusionary vision of twinkling lights. Chail also inhabits the highest cricket and polo ground of the world situated at 2,426mts above sea level. Chail is situated 43kms from Solan.
Kasauli: Kasauli reminds one of the colonial times because of its cobbled roads, English architecture and gabled houses. Strolling down the lanes and bylanes of Kasauli, you would be fascinated by the sweet chirping of the birds, long rows of rhododendron, pine, Himalayan oak and chestnut trees. It is famous for Pasteur Institute, old Gurkha Fort, and Monkey Point, the highest point of Kasauli. Kasauli is a quaint little town situated 28kms from Solan at an altitude of 1,927mts above sea level. Kasauli is a cantonment town in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh established in 1842 by the British colonial rulers.
Sanavar: Sanawar is famous for its 150 year old boarding school, the Lawrence school. It is just 6kms from Kasauli and it is almost hundred years old. Sanavar is situated 23kms from Solan.
Sabathu : Sabathu is a cantonment town situated at an altitude of 1,437 mts. It houses a Gurkha fort built in the early 19th century. Sabathu is situated 31kms from Solan.
Dagshai : Dagshai is situated 15 kms from Solan at an altitude of 1,925 mts above sea level. It consists of a military public school and several military barracks.
Parwanoo: It is situated 39kms before Solan at an elevation of 5000ft above sea level. Parwanoo acts as the industrial town of Himachal Pradesh with more than 80% of locals working in industrial sector. Parwanoo is located on the foothills of Shivalik Range connected with NH22.
Shimla: Located in the northwest Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is famous for all its natural beauty, forests covered in oak, pine ad rhododendrons and snow-clad Himalayan peaks. It is also famous for its neo-gothic and tudorbethon style of architecture. The buildings in Shimla still remind us of the colonial heritage especially the Viceregal Lodge and the enchanting iron lamps and Anglo Saxon names. The Mall is one of the best places in Shimal which offers a good view of the snow-capped mountain peaks. Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2,130mts at a distance of 43kms from Solan. Shimla was once the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, Sirmaur district in the west, and Uttarakhand in the south. Shimla derived its name after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Kufri: Kufri hill station is situated 365kms from Delhi and 57kms from Shimla at an astounding altitude of 2,510mts above sea level. Kufri hill station is located on NH22 which is well connected with major cities of North India. The distance from Solan to Kufri can be covered in two hours. Kufri is a popular hill station of situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Kufri is a great place for skiing and hiking. Adventure lovers throng the place during winters.
Accomodations Hotels in Solan
There are abundant hotels in Solan where you can enjoy a comfortable stay. The price of the hotels in Solan varies from budget hotels to luxury hotels.
Some random hotels in Solan are Suryavilas Luxury Resort, The Destination, The Fort Nalagarh, Apple Cart Inn, Tarika Jungle Retreat, Bliss Resort, Barog Heights, Hotel Palace Retreat, Anand Hotel, Hotel Paragon, Hotel Mayur etc.
Standard Hotels in Solan: Hotel Ambusha, Himani Resorts, Hotel Parkson, Hotel Sheifiton and Hotel Pine Grove.
There are many other hotels in Solan district and some of them are: Hotel Chail Inn, Hotel Durga, Hotel Swaran Palace, Hotel Monal, Chail Residency, Hotel Ekant, Hotel Korins, Hotel Alashia, Baikunth Resort, Hotel Maurice, Timber Trail Resort etc.
Best time to visit Solan
The best time to visit Solan is throughout the year. The weather of Solan remains pleasant during summers. Monsoon offers enchanting greenery and picturesque views. Solan is blessed with snowfall during winters as it comes under snowline of Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli in Solan is visited by abundant visitors during winters as the region receives snowfall converting it into a natural haven. Don’t think and pack your bags for a visit in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Play on the highest cricket ground pitch of the world situated at Chail.
How to reach Solan
By Air: The nearest airports to Solan are Jubbarhatti Airport and Chandigarh Airport. Jubbarhatti Airport is situated 51kms and Chandigarh Airport is situated 69kms from Solan. Flights to Chandigarh Airport are more frequent than Jubbarhatti Airport. Taxis and Buses are available from both these airports to Solan.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is situated in Chandigarh. The distance from Chandigarh Railway Station to Solan is 66kms. Taxis and Buses are easily available from Chandigarh to Solan. Solan is well connected by narrow gauge railway network which is connecting Kalka with Shimla.
By Road: Solan is well connected with motorable roads as it is situated on National Highway 22. Solan is situated 304kms from Delhi, 43kms from Shimla, 66kms from Chandigarh and 28kms from Kasauli. Buses to Solan are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Himachal Bhawan in Delhi. Taxis and buses are easily available to Solan from all major destinations of Himachal Pradesh.