The Gateway of Himachal Pradesh, Solan, is a picturesque hill resort situated at an altitude of about 1350 meters. It attracts plenty of tourists with its excellent scenic spots, ancient temples and architectural colonial wonders. It is considered as the trekking heaven for the nature lovers. Its calm and pleasant atmosphere is ideal for romantic getaways and family trips. Being famous for the mushroom cultivation, Solan is referred as the 'Mushroom City of India'. The best time to visit this scenic town is from April to June, and from October to November.
Solan can be accessed by air, rail or road. The nearest airport is at Shimla. Kalka is the closest broad gauge railway station and Solan is the nearest narrow gauge railhead. Solan is well-connected to Shimla and Chandigarh by regular bus services.
The major tourist attractions in Solan include Kasauli, Karol Tibba & Meteol Tibba, Kotla Nallah, Saproon Spring and Happy Valley, Barog and Parwanoo. Temple of Goddess Shooloni Devi is the main attraction in Solan. The city is named after this Goddess. The Solan Fair is conducted in the honor of Goddess Shoolini on the third Sunday of June.
Karol Tibba and Meteol Tibba are one of the most significant tourist spots in Solan. They are the perfect places to spend the peaceful and relaxing vacations. The Karol Cave is another interesting tourist spot in Solan. It is located 5km away from the city, at an altitude of about 7000 feet. It is the longest and most ancient cave of Himalayas.
The town of Solan is well-known for Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry. It is located in Nauni, about 15 km away from Solan. It is Asia's first university of its kind. Ghurkha Fort is another interesting spot in Nauni. This fort dates back to about 300 years, built during the rule of the Ghurkha rulers of Nepal. The fort is positioned on the top of the mountain point, offering a spectacular view of the complete area.
Kotla Nallah is a small stream, flowing through the town of Solan. It is one of the most fascinating picnic spots and very famous among the locals and tourists. Located about 5 km away from Solan, Barog, a small, picturesque town, is well-known for the pine trees. Previously, it was the main railhead of this area. There are many beautiful parks nearby Solan, including the Children's Park, Mohan Park and Jawahar Park. There is a mini zoo in the Children's Park where one can find wild cats, deer and some of the rare birds.
Situated at a distance of about 25 km from Solan, Kasauli is a magnificent tourist spot. In summer, it is covered with dense, lush green pine and deodar trees, and covered by snow in winter. It is popular for the Monkey Point and Mall Road. It also houses a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/06