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Solan has many treasures crammed into the compact territory- superb food, thrilling yet lonely landscapes, luscious wildlife and down to earth people. One of the most offbeat destinations of Himachal Pradesh, Solan is hidden is the lap of nature. There is something about Solan; it is as pretty as a picture! Solan is a land with a rich and multilayered history. This is the place where every nook and corner is steeped in the past. Legends say that the place was once inhabited by the Pandavas. There is a cave on the top of the Karol peak in Solan; it is believed that the Pandavas resided here during their exile. Dagshai, one of the oldest cantonment towns in Solan, is the place where the Irish mutiny of 1920 took place against the British Army. Known as the "Mushroom Capital of India," the place produces mushrooms in bulk and it even houses the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR. Solan is crowned the "City of Red Gold" because the town produces tomatoes in large numbers as well.

Solan has many treasures crammed into the compact territory- superb food, thrilling yet lonely landscapes, luscious wildlife and down to earth people. One of the most offbeat destinations of Himachal Pradesh, Solan is hidden is the lap of nature. There is something about Solan; it is as pretty as a picture!Solan is a land with a rich and multilayered history. This is the place where every nook and corner is steeped in the past. Legends say that the place was once inhabited by the Pandavas. There is a cave on the top of the Karol peak in Solan; it is believed that the Pandavas resided here during their exile. Dagshai, one of the oldest cantonment towns in Solan, is the place where the Irish mutiny of 1920 took place against the British Army. Known as the "Mushroom Capital of India," the place produces mushrooms in bulk and it even houses the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR. Solan is crowned the "City of Red Gold" because the town produces tomatoes in large numbers as well.In the early 19th century, Solan was the contaminant center of Britain. Decades after they left, their endowment still marks Solan's stylish properties. The chapel in the contaminant area is a heritage building of Solan. Inside the church, one can see beautiful woods and stone carvings. Solan is also famous for a religious place called Shoolini Mata Temple; it is believed that the name of the town is derived from the forename of Goddess Shoolini Mata, the main deity of the temple.If people think that Solan is meant only for the teetotallers, then they are in serious misconception! On the outskirts of Solan, there is the famous Mohan Meakin Brewery which happens to be the oldest brewery and distillery in Asia for Scotch whiskey. The equipments related to brewing and distilling was brought here by Edward Dyer in the 19th century. Mohan Meakin Brewery was established here because of similar climatic conditions as Scotland and availability of spring water.With soaring mountains, picturesque scenery and – of course –ancient architecture, this craggy corner of Himachal Pradesh has some of the country's finest vistas. Solan is the perfect backdrop for your next holiday. Take a breathtaking journey to Solan and discover its beautiful landscapes and iconic landmarks.

Main Attractions

1. Bon Monastery Solan

2. Christ Church, Kasauli

3. Shoolini Mata Temple

4. Moksha Himalaya Spa at Moksh Resort, Parwanoo

5. Dagshai Jail Museum

6. Toy Train Kalka-Shimla

7. Kuthar Fort

8. Gilbert Trail, Kasauli

9. Haunted Grave of Barog

10. Monkey Point, Kasauli

11. Kandaghat- Untouched paradise

12. Choor Chandni Trek

13. Chail Palace, Chail

14. Habban Valley

15. Kali Ka Tibba Temple

How to Reach

By Airways: The nearest airport from Mashobra is Shimla Airport, roughly 45 min. drive from Mashobra. The second nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport, roughly two hour's drive from the city. It is well connected to the major cities like Amritsar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Leh.

By Railways: The nearest railway station is Solan Railway station. The station is a stopover point of the famous Kalka–Shimla Railway line.

By Roadways: Tourist buses and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh to Solan. The distances of some of places that are nearby Solan are:

City Distance Shimla 48.5 kms Ambala 98.6 kms Chandigarh 142 kms Patiala 121 kms. Baddi 78.4 kms Mashobra 58.7 kms Kufri 62.9 kms

Near By

By Airways: The nearest airport from Mashobra is Shimla Airport, roughly 45 min. drive from Mashobra. The second nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport, roughly two hour's drive from the city. It is well connected to the major cities like Amritsar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Leh.

By Railways: The nearest railway station is Solan Railway station. The station is a stopover point of the famous Kalka–Shimla Railway line.

By Roadways: Tourist buses and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh to Solan. The distances of some of places that are nearby

Culture & Heritage

The people of Mandi are informally called Mandyals & Mandeali language is generally used at local level for communication. Sepu Wadi is the official and main cuisine of Mandi which is served in Dham(Lunch) organised in local marriages, functions and parties.Himachal Darshan Photo Gallery is situated at about 4 km from Mandi near Sauli Khad on the Chandigarh-Manali National highway. This art gallery contains a beautiful collection of photographs of exotic locations of the entire state and reflects the social & cultural heritage of the people of Himachal Pradesh. District Library is located in Emerson House(District Court .Clothing in Mandi was Kurta-Pyjama for Boys and Sari-Suits for girls but with the Western Culture arriving to India, Mandi’s youth have started wearing Western styles. However, there are still large numbers of people who wear the traditional clothing of Himachal Pradesh. Banthra is the main folk dance performed in theatrical shows in Mandi and is the official folk dance of the District.

Mandi is also famous for the International Mandi Shivaratri Fair, a fair held for seven days in the month of March every year. The celebration of Shivratri of Mandi is said to have started in the year 1526 to commemorate the foundation of present-day Mandi. Before this, the capital of Mandi was on the right bank of the river Beas, which is now known as Old Mandi (Purani Mandi). Mandi hosts a half marathon every year.

Once when the tenth guru of the Sikhs was on a visit to Mandi, the king of Mandi invited him to stay at the royal palace. The guru accepted the invitation to stay in Mandi but not with the king. He put up outside the town in a secluded place, which had once been the hermitage of a rishi (Indian sage). The guru was touched by the king’s devotion and prophesized that Mandi would ever remain safe and if any enemy tries to harm it, bolts from heaven would crush the invader. He considered Mandi the safest place on the planet.

Best time to visit Solan


Solan Map

Best Season in Solan

The best season to visit Solan is the summer season and the onset of monsoon season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are February, March, April, May, August, September, October and November. 

Winter Season in Solan

December to February is the winter season in Solan. The climate is pleasantly cool and the temperature ranges from 0°C to 20°C. Woollen clothes are preferred to take while going for Solan during winter season.

Summer Season in Solan

Solan experiences summer from the month of March and last till May. The temperature remains comfortable between 15°C to 30°C and is apt to experience the beauty of the place.

Monsoon Season in Solan

June to September is the months of monsoon and Solan experiences moderate rainfall during this season. Irregular rainfalls with strong winds are the characteristic of this season.

Accommodation in Solan

Solan has some deluxe and many medium to budget accommodation options. Suryavilas Luxury Resort and Spa (Kumarhatti-Nahan Road), Barog Heights Hotel (Kalka-shimla Highway), I-Square Hotel (Sai Chakka Road), Roses and Guns Home Stay (Village Nalwa) and Victoria Continental Inn (Subathu Road) are the famous deluxe hotels in the city.  Some of the medium to budget accommodation includes Pine Grove Hotel (Deonghat), Utsav Hotel (The Mall), Himanis Resort (Solan), Apple Cart Inn the (Kiarighat) and Modern Guest House (Dharampur) etc.

Events / Festivals in Solan

The festivals in Solan are celebrated with great delight and religious sentiments .The festivals here are extremely colourful and their celebrations exude a sense of unity and feeling of brotherhood.

Navratri: Navratri (Nine Nights), dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga occurs twice every year and is celebrated with much pomp and show in Solan. During the nine days of the festival nine different forms of the Goddess is worshipped. It is really a wonderful experience to be a part of these festivities in Solan.

Lohri: Lohri in Solan is celebrated with great gusto just before the day of Makar Sankranti. Lohri is one of the most beautifully celebrated festivals of the place and is enjoyed with singing special Lohri songs and dancing merrily to the beats of Dhol.

Diwali: One of the most important festivals of Hindus, Diwali, is also well known by the name of “Festival of Lights” or Deepavali. It is celebrated in the month of October or November. Diwali in Solan is celebrated with great pomp and show. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this festival.

Holi: The “festival of colours” is indeed celebrated in a very colourful manner in Solan and is one of the biggest festivals for the natives.”  The atmosphere is really charged up during the celebrations.

Hotels in Solan, Himachal PradeshThe beautiful city of Solan has been named after Shoolini Devi, the main Hindu deity worshipped in the region. It is fondly known as the 'Mushroom City of India' and theCity of Red Gold' for its huge productions of mushrooms and tomatoes respectively. It is a gateway to Chail, Kasauli, Dagshai, Subathu, Kandaghat, Churdhar Peak, Shimla, Kinnourand other neighbouring areas. With the British charm in its style and infrastructure, the city boasts of marvellous wooden and stone carvings. A cool hill station with a pleasant climate renders the city highly visited all-throughout.Hotels in Solan are extremely preferred by tourists

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