Solan is a picturesque location in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Solan is mesmerising and beautiful place that is an ideal holiday destination in India. The city derives its name from the Goddess Shoolini Devi. Solan is located between Shimla and Kalka and the place is also fondly referred as the ‘Mushroom City’ in India, owing to the high cultivation of mushrooms in the place. The pleasant climate, forest universities, sprawling brewery and wonderful tourist spots characterize Solan, thereby making it a favourite holiday destination.

 Location : State/District

Solan is located in the Solan district and is the district headquarters of the region. It is an ideal holiday destination present in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.The latitude of Solan is 30.9059⁰ North and longitude is 70.0925⁰ East.

 Destination Type

Solan is famous hill station in the northern parts of India.

 Family holiday Destination

Solan is a perfect holiday destination for vacationing with family members and friends. The place is dotted with sightseeing places and activities to keep you busy.

 Weather Information

Solan has pleasant climatic conditions all year round. The summer months from March – May remains slightly warm with maximum temperature being recorded at 30⁰C. From June to September, the place experiences moderate rainfall. Winter in Solan from November – February is pleasantly cool. The best season to visit Solan is summers and start of monsoon season. The time from February to November is ideal as the climate remains very delightful for enjoying the activities in Solan. Light cotton clothes are all that is needed during this time.

 Travelling Requirements

The resident citizens of India can visit Solan any time of the year without needing any permission. Although, foreigners need to apply for visa from the Indian government, when they desire to visit Solan. Their travel documents and passports should also be organized and up-to-date.

 Places to Visit

Solan is packed with a plethora of tourist attractions. Some of the popular places to visit in this beautiful hill station are given below.

The Kuthar Fort in Solan is a historical destination that cannot be missed. The fort is located at 8 kms from the city of Solan and was constructed about 800 years ago.

The Gurkha Fort is another famous tourist spot in the region. This fort is also known as the Arki Fort and the fort functioned as the capital of the Baghal State. The Gurkha Fort was rebuilt by Raja Kishen Chand in the year 1850 and is a must visit place for Historians.

Goddess Shoolini Mata is the chief deity of the place. The Shoolini Mata Temple is an important religious destination for locals and tourists alike. The temple is situated at 4 kms from the city and has immense religious significance.

Another religious spot in Solan is the Jatoli Shiv Temple. Located at a distance of 6 kms from the city, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts thousands of devotees from different parts of the country. The temple is very popular for its annual fair that is held during the time of Mahashivratri with great pomp and show.

Barog is a popular tourist spot located at just 8 kms from Solan. The place offers the most picturesque view of the Churdhar Peak, also called as ‘Mountain of Silver Bangle’.

Dr. Yashwant Singh Paramar University of Horticulture & Forestry is one-of-its’s-kind University in the whole of Asia. The university is spread across 550 hectares and was founded in the year 1985 by Dr. Y.S.Paramour, who was also the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. The university offers courses in forestry, horticulture and allied disciplines.

 Nearby Destinations

Chail is a well-known place in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The Chail Palace present here is an important landmark destination. The palace is famous for its magnificent architecture and was used as a summer retreat by His Highness of Patiala during the time of Britishers. Chail is located at a distance of 38 kms from Solan and some of the other popular attractions here are Kali Tibba, Hanuman Temple and Cricket Ground.

Kasauli is another wonderful hill station that can be visited from Solan. The feel of the place transports you back in time to the 19th century. The place offers a spectacular view of the surrounding landscapes and the tranquillity will leave you feeling refreshed. Some major sightseeing places in Kasauli are Baba Balak Nath Temple, The Monkey Point, Lawrence School and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.

The Bon Monastery located at 12 kms from Solan is the second oldest monastery in the whole world. The place is an important pilgrim site and a must visit place for Buddhist followers.

Giri Picnic is a favourite picnic spot located at a distance of 20 kms from Solan. The place is ideal for spending time with families. The cool waters of Giri give a very refreshing feel to the place.

 Food & Accommodation

Solan has some of the superb restaurants that offer an extensive selection of food to their visitors. Some of the eateries that you should visit during your stay in Solan are New Chanakya Eating Point, Kiran Hotel and Restaurant, Himalayan Coffee House, Haveli, Buddies, Himani Resorts, Republic of Chicken and Curries. These restaurants offer gourmet food in a delightful ambience. The roadside stalls offering the local food of the place are also a must try.

Solan has all range of accommodation options. If you are willing to spend for luxurious services, checkout the 5-star properties in the place, namely, the Tarikas Jungal Retreat and Suryavilas Luxury Resort & Spa. The room tariffs in these boutique hotels start at INR 7000 and above per night. For budgeted travellers there are plentiful of options like the Himani Resorts Pvt. Ltd, Ambush Resort, Pine Drive Resort, Hotel Chaman Palace and Kufri Holiday Resort. These hotels are priced between INR 1000-2000 per room/night.