Solan is situated in Karol Mountain, which is on the Shimla-Kalka Highway. When visiting Shimla, Kulu, Manali, one can pay a visit to this place too.
Solan is known for its beautiful valleys, its yearly shows called Shulini and also its artistic warfare ‘Thoda’. Solan is just 52 kms from Shimla, so via Shimla, is the nearest and easiest way to get there. Buses and trains are available from Shimla.
Place of Visit:
Kasauli: 25 kms from Solan, Kasauli is a beautiful tourist spot. In summer one sees endless greenery of deodar and pine trees and in winter, snow covered earth. The Mall Road and Monkey Point are well known here. One can find a number of good hotels to stay here.
Sanavar: 21 kms from Solan, this attractive tourist spot is famous for its 150-year old public school and a church.
Parks and Mini Zoo: Close to the town of Solan are the Children’s park, Jawahar park and Mohan Park. In the Children’s park is a mini zoo, where one can find deer, wild cats and some rare birds.
Yashwant Nagar: This picnic spot is 20 kms from Solan. The river Giri flows along its sides.
Karol Caves: 5 km from the town, this cave is located at an altitude of 7000 ft . Karol Mountain is clearly visible from Solan. This is known as Himalaya’s most ancient and longest cave. It reaches Pinjor Gardens.
Dagshahi: This is famous for its jail. A number of freedom fighters, German and Irish revolutionaries have spent time here. 15km from Solan are two English schools.
Badog: It is most famous for its pine trees and the longest tunnel on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. It is 5 kms from Solan.
Fort of the Gurkha: Situated on the 7000 ft high Dhar Mountain, this 300-year old fort was built by the attacking Gurkhas of Nepal. The view from here of Shimla, Kasauli, Chail, and Karol is breathtaking.
Nauni: Parmar University which teaches floriculture, is situated here. It is 12 km from Solan. Flower and plants are inexpensive. This University is one of its kind in Asia.
Young Drum Monastery: This Monastery teaches “Ban”, the oldest religion of Tibet. People from all over the world visit this spot which is 15km from Solan on the Bagthan Road. Time and again, dances, are organised here.
Clothings: Light woollens in summer, heavy ones in winter.